When Jawani Phir Nahi Ani came out three years ago, it became the then highest grossing Lollywood movie ever. Three years later its sequel has come up with similar potential to entertain the living daylights out of everyone (who enjoys this particular commercial brand of comedy).
Yes, the disclaimer is needed because just like the original, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 has its own brand of humour, which will definitely not comply with everyone’s taste. What it quite often does not comply with are modern-day sensibilities and standards of political correctness that are often upheld these days.
Even so, while we’re on that disclaimer, it’s important to note that JPNA 2 is still less politically incorrect than the original. And while it’s progressive in its choice of humour – in comparison – where it also exceeds is its overall entertainment coefficient.
The film retains the essence, which involves middle-aged men trying to be naughty, and is a continuation of similar writing
Truth be told, one didn’t imagine JPNA 2to cut it, even if one were to use the same benchmark that made the first part a success. It had a plastered Xerox copy written all over it, and appeared to be the filmmakers attempt at reproducing the first in a bid to mint more money – something that has become increasingly common in Bollywood.
And while the film retains the essence, which involves middle-aged men trying to be naughty, and is a continuation of similar writing, the sequel most definitely is a film of its own and not merely a replica.
The film begins three years after the original, with the then friends having drifted apart. Or at least Sherry (Humayun Saeed) who moved abroad with his wife Marina (Mehwish Hayat in a brief cameo) and wasn’t in touch with his chums – which is how JPNA begun as well, with friends reuniting.
The chums in question Pervez (Ahmad Ali Butt) and Sheikh (Vasay Chaudhry) do manage to reunite again with Sherry three years later. As Turkey replaces Thailand as the setting, the circumstances surrounding Sherry’s life are quite contrasting this time round as well.
Another addition the film has is Pervez’s brother-in-law, Rahat (Fahad Mustafa), who does a lot of the string pulling this time around.
It is Rahat’s idea that Pervez and Sheikh, bring along their wives Lubna (Uzma Khan) and Gul (Sarwat Gillani) to Turkey. Rahat also has love interests of his own in Zoe (Mawra Hocane), with a wedding on the cards.
But there are parents to be coped with in the film and them being as contrasting as an Indian diplomat and a famous fashion designer.
Yes, this mélange of characters gives Director Nadeem Baig multiple situations to play with, resulting in the film’s duration perhaps exceeding beyond what was needed to put the storyline together. But once all is said is done, you realise that many sequences are only put in there for their entertainment value and are not supposed to impact the storyline in the first place.
Considering the faith the filmmakers and directors showed in its own brand, it was always going to be up to the actors to pull it off successfully. While neither Sohail Ahmed nor Ahmed Ali Butt are the leads per se, they manage to up the ante as far as the comedy is concerned with their presence. The latter especially is visibly having a ball, and absolutely nails whatever is asked of him.
Fahad Mustafa has definitely made in impact on the film, and what is even more commendable is how successfully he manages to remain a piece of the jigsaw – an integral one at that.
For Humayun Saeed, meanwhile, JPNA 2is a third straight blockbuster as the lead, even though the film really thrives on the camaraderie without anyone being in that so-called role.
The women unfortunately don’t have much to do in the film – which is one of the setbacks of the brand that JPNA represents – but do well in whatever is asked of them.
In a nutshell, if you enjoyed Jawani Phir Nahi Ani you will enjoy party two even more. And it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Box Office numbers are breached by the film.