Humayun Saeed’s upcoming film Jawani Phir Nahin Aani (JPNA) may augur well in terms of box office returns,but so far, it has boded ill for the actor-turned-director. Recently, Saeed ,along with his family and the film’s crew, met with a serious accident on the day they landed in Bangkok to scout locations for the movie’s shoot. But thankfully, things are now looking up as Saeed is back on his feet after being hospitalised for a few days.
“It (the accident) was so bad that I couldn’t have even imagined coming out [of it] alive. It’s probably because of all my fans and their prayers that I was able to survive,” Saeed tells The Express Tribune. “I don’t remember what happened right after the bus hit our car, but the picture that my friends drew of how my legs were jammed and body twisted was quite horrible,” he adds.
Now that the Pakistani film star has fully recovered, he is gearing up for JPNA, which is set to hit the floors on November 20. The first spell of shooting will take place in Thailand. About his film, he shares, “It will be an out-and-out comedy and the audience won’t have to think much to get entertained.”
Saeed was inspired to make a comedy film after his action-packed Main Hoon Shahid Afridi when he saw people “falling off their seats laughing” during the screening of Abhi Tau Mein Jawan Hoon, a recently-aired comedy telefilm. “That was the time when I called Vasay Chaudhry, the screenwriter of JPNA, and said, ‘We have to make a comedy film because that is where hardcore entertainment lies’,” says Saeed.
The film will be directed by Nadeem Baig of Pyaray Afzal fame and will feature Saeed, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahmed Ali Butt, Vasay Chaudhry, Javed Sheikh, Bushra Ansari, Mehwish Hayat and Ayesha Khan in prominent roles. “Technically, there is no lead role in the film,” comments Saeed. He adds, “One can’t pinpoint who the most important character is in the film. I believe that all the characters in the film are equally significant.”
Saeed is ecstatic about the increasing box office collections of Pakistani films and hopes that people will revel in and support JPNA more than they supported Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, a film that was received well at the box office.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2014.