Jawani Phir Nahi Aani – review


This was one of those movies that I expected to suck. That’s why, when my cousin asked me if I’d go with her to watch it, I told her only if she paid for my ticket. When we came out of the cinema, I had to shove my ticket’s money in her hand because it was definitely worth it.


The story line is pretty simple: three friends, Saif (Hamza Ali Abbasi), Sheikh (Vasay Chaudhry), and Pervez (Ahmed Butt), a salesman at a call centre, are living their monotonous lives till their bachelor friend, Sherry (Humayun Saeed), shows up and takes them away from their subjugating wives to relive the good, old, ‘ayaash’ times in Bangkok. Predictably, the ‘bachelor trip’ ends up in a disaster that puts their marriages in mortal peril. A twist comes along when Sherry decides to get married to a bureaucrat’s daughter and is caught up in serious misunderstandings.

Like all comedy films showcasing friends, JPNA’s plot is not so different. So why is it attracting praise? The answer is as simple as the plot: quality production, good direction and acting, and amazing dialogues. When it comes to hilarious one-liners, Vasay Chaudhry does not fail. Frequent references to Pakistani dramas and movies, (especially that scene they borrowed from…OK no spoilers), politics, ‘innocent’ innuendos and poking fun at the actors themselves made the movie highly entertaining. There was hardly a moment of silence in the hall, every scene triggered fits of laughter.


The characters were interesting as well. Saif is a successful director and a playboy who is extremely afraid of his wife Kubra (Ayesha Khan) but that doesn’t keep him from cheating on her every now and then. A pretty ironic character for Hamza Ali Abbasi who, judging by his Facebook statuses, probably shuts his eyes when a woman walks by. And the irony was highlighted in the movie too, when introducing Saif, Sheikh says, ‘ye Facebook pe status update karte hain’.

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Sheikh is a police officer whose Pathan wife Palwasha (Sarwat Gillani) is not afraid to use a rifle and threatening to unleash her brother on him who finds him a ‘tait piece’ (hint: Bol). Pervez works at a call centre, whose marriage has lost its spark. His wife Lubna (Uzma Khan) doesn’t feel the need to spend time with her husband after years of marriage.


Sherry, the eligible bachelor, is a divorce lawyer who wants his divorce cases count to hit a century. He is devoid of conscience, doesn’t think twice about lying to anyone and everyone and is remorseless even after he puts his friends’ marriages in jeopardy. He is trapped by a criminal’s daughter, Marina (Mehwish Hayat), who forces him to ‘fall in love with her’ on gunpoint. After escaping from her claws, he runs to Lahore to get married to Zoya (Sohai Ali Abro). All hell breaks loose when Marina gate crashes the wedding with her father to reclaim Sherry.


Zoya’s character is one of the most entertaining characters in the movie. Playing a high society girl, who is a paindu at heart, Sohai Ali Abro did justice to her character. The fake accent, selfie mania and constant use of social media jargon were completely on point MA, MA, OMG!

All the main actors, except Mehwish Hayat, were thoroughly entertaining. The four leads, Humayun Saeed, Vasay Chaudhry, Ahmed Butt and Hamza Ali Abbasi worked really well with each other. Sarwat Gillani stood out with her perfect Pushtoon accent, spot on expressions and perfect timing. She and Vasay Chaudhry totally stole the show. Bushra Ansari, Javed Sheikh and Ismail Tara were good additions and their acting made up for the flaws in the movie.

The songs were okay, none of them left a mark and the dances were far from good. Sohai Ali Abro was the only good dancer but it didn’t really matter because the choreography was really bad. Humayun Saeed and Hamza Ali Abbasi couldn’t perform on the dance floor at all and I name them particularly because their characters demanded good dance skills.

As for Mehwish Hayat, she was an eyesore. The fake accent ruined the little bit of acting she can do and since the choreography was so bad, even her dance skills couldn’t save her. Another onscreen failure was Uzma Khan, who seemed incapable of betraying any emotion.

While the movie has its drawbacks, it’s pretty entertaining and definitely worth a watch.

I’ll rate it 4/5.

Writer: Vasay Chaudhry

Director: Nadeem Baig

Production: Six Sigma

Cast: Humayun Saeed, Vasay Chaudhry, Ahmed Butt, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Sarwat Gillani, Uzma Khan, Ayesha Khan, Mehwish Hayat, Sohai Ali Abro, Javed Sheikh, Bushra Ansari, Ismail Tara, Bilal Lashari, Gohar Rasheed and others

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When you need a break from your hobby

Career-vs-HobbyWhen it came to choosing my profession and later a subject for my masters, I chose a field I’d enjoy working in, where I’d feel at ease and be able to work the way I liked. Work, I thought, wouldn’t feel like work anymore.

Four years of bachelors went by. I started working by the end of my 3rd year, like most people in my department. Though it was tough, managing studies and work together, it was never boring. My subject was not theoretical so I didn’t have to shut myself in a room to study. I enjoyed both work and studies.

Then I got done with my degree and started working full time. By full time I mean that work was my only priority then because I had no university to care about. I worked for more than a year and enjoyed all the extra shifts, extra workload, and every shitty thing that comes along when you start a career. I got a chance to write a lot and that only made things better. In the mean time, I started my masters and this time I chose a subject that would allow me to go back to a forgotten hobby: reading.

When I realised my job isn’t really allowing me to give a lot of time to my studies, I quit. I thought that by giving time to literature (my subject) alone, I would be able to give time to myself. After all, what can be better than spending as much time as possible with books?

But after all this time, I have come to understand that maybe, by opting to study what I’d like to do in my free time has stolen away the charm of it. Often, I have to put off reading books I want to read because there is so much that I have to read for my subjects. As a result, the catharsis that came with reading is kind of ebbing away. And that is when I think that maybe I should have gone for some other subject or field so that I would have been able to retain the charm of my hobby instead of turning it in an academic experience.

Let’s face it, no matter how interesting your subject or career is, you have to put in extra effort. You need a diversion to restore your energy. And in order to relax you like to turn to something that would truly give you a break from all the tension of marks and work. If your career or subject is what you’d like to do in your free time, well, you aren’t really getting a break then. Even though I enjoy studying, because it really doesn’t feel like studying and I know I’ll enjoy work too when I get back in the job market, I can barely relax. I have nothing to take my mind off of the frustration that comes naturally with work and studies.

So here is a piece of advice: your hobby should never be your career or subject. I know this sounds crazy but I speak from experience.

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10 things curly haired girls are tired of hearing

It may seem like I’m whining but honestly, it’s hard not to complain when people keep repeating their remarks out loud every time they see your face even if it’s every day. Giving you a half-awed, half-condescending look, like they’ve never seen curly hair before a flow of stupid questions and tips follows that makes you want to pull your hair out. And they don’t care if you are annoyed, even if you are making it as obvious as possible.

I will be honest though, not all comments are bad. Here are 10 things curly haired girls listen to frequently:

1. Is your hair real? OR Where did you get the perm?


It’s flattering when people ask this but then at a certain point it gets exasperating especially if the same people keep on bugging you like your answer will change overnight.

2. When at the salon: why don’t you go for rebonding? Straight hair will look so good on you.

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I’m paying you to thread my eyebrows not to hear your suggestions. If I want to get my hair straightened I’ll get it done without asking you, thanks.

3. People randomly pulling a strand: OMG your hair is actually this long?


Crazy as it sounds, usually this comment comes from random strangers who actually pull your hair, normally in public like it’s no big deal.

4. It must be so hard to manage your hair no?


I don’t even know how to answer this one.

5. Do you brush your hair at all?

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I don’t want to look like a deranged animal

What’s the point of having curly hair if I have to brush it?!

6. Styling curly hair is impossible.

Say that again

Say that again

Really? I didn’t know braids and buns were meant for straight/wavy hair only.

7. Do you like your hair? OR You must wish you had straight hair right?


Tell me: why would I NOT like my hair? One reason.

8. Do you ever straighten it? How long does it take?


Half my life. And 2% humidity for it to go back being itself in 2 minutes.

9. Your hair is like springs. *pulls random strands*


And yours is like wires. Seriously just stop pulling my hair!

10. How do you style it in the morning?


I let it be. That’s how.


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