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JAWANI PHIR NAHI ANI 2015
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (JPNA) twice. Both times, the hall was jam-packed. Both times, I laughed so hard throughout the film my jaw started hurting. Both times, the audience’s laughter barely left any space for a moment of silence. If you’ve watched the film, you know I am not stretching the truth.
And to be honest, the reactions are really interesting; fascinating, even because, if you remember, the film was surrounded with controversy before its release.
People were certainly not pleased after seeing the first teaser. Bikini-clad white girls dancing around the film’s lead characters in a scene shot on a beach in Bangkok? How dare they? The outrage was so severe, one of the lead actors, Hamza Ali Abbasi, refused to be part of the film’s promotions. He said during the course of the film’s production his outlook towards what’s inappropriate and what’s not changed and he now regretted shooting that particular sequence.
This was followed by comparisons between JPNA, Bollywood sex comedy Masti and its sequel Grand Masti. People said the film was against our culture, and soon #BanJawaniPhirNahiAni started trending on Twitter.
But eventually, like the comparisons, the hashtag began to fade away and disappear. Facebook posts and tweets praising the film started emerging. “Jawani Phir Nahin Ani is amazing and a laugh riot. Not to be missed by anyone. Pakistani cinema comes out with an out and out masala comedy entertainer! You won’t regret it!” read one post. “Just watched Jawani phir nahi ani! #JPNA What an entertainer guys! It’s a must watch!” read another.
Why is it that in spite of all the controversies it created pre-release the film continues to break all box office records in Pakistan? Let’s take a look:
The infamous bikini scene
First thing’s first. In terms of “vulgarity” there’s no scene in the film which the Pakistani audience has never seen before. Those who take offence to singing and dancing in movies are clearly a minority or elseYeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (Deepika Padukone wasn’t exactly dressed in a burka when she danced to Balam Pichkari) or Dhoom 3 (Katrina definitely was not shy dancing to Kamli) or Cocktail (plenty of bikini-clad women in Tum Hi Ho Bandu) wouldn’t have been such rousing successes at the Pakistani box office. Were there any calls for a ban when these films were running houseful in Pakistan? None. But, of course, when you see women dancing to Khul Jaye Botal in JPNA, Pakistani culture falls into imminent danger.
This is not our culture’
If there’s one film that hits the nail on its head when it comes to portraying Pakistani culture accurately, it’s JPNA. You have the housewife, the working wife and the wife who has complete control over her husband’s finances. You could probably characterise most Pakistani wives in one of these three categories; hence, the never-ending laughter in cinema halls.
All scenes involving the wives and kids of the male characters are reminiscent of the average Pakistani household. From the husband doing groceries to the husband getting flak for missing a family gathering to the husband being put down in front of friends, has any of this never happened in Pakistan? It has, and it clearly resonated with audiences.
And then, there’s the main premise of the script: four friends take a secret vacation to Bangkok. How exactly is this “not our culture”? Do Pakistani men not travel? Has a married Pakistani man never set foot in Bangkok? If you think that’s the case, you probably don’t have any friends.
Another argument that I have often heard is: it’s OK for Bollywood films to show “such vulgar visuals” but not for Pakistani films because such scenes are against our culture and values.
Three Pakistani films, Moor, Shah and Manto, were released during the last couple of months. Two of these, Shah — which was a biopic of legendary boxer Hussain Shah — and Moor — a film based in Balochistan which highlights the plight of families affected by corruption in Pakistan Railways — actually came out on Independence Day. None of three films had any of these “vulgar visuals”. No item songs. No women running around in bikinis. Do you know how much money they made?
Shah‘s lifetime collection is a little over Rs10 million. Moor has made approximately Rs20 million while Manto‘s current box office collection stands at nearly Rs50 million. Could any film have been a better representation of our culture than Manto? Was Shah not good enough to quench our patriotic thirst? Why aren’t these films blockbusters in spite of overwhelmingly positive reviews and a strong word of mouth?
JPNA, on the other hand, has made nearly Rs200 million in just 13 days. It’s on its way to becoming Pakistan’s biggest blockbuster. Ever! Says a lot about a film which is supposedly “against our values and culture”, don’t you think?
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