Jawani Phir Nahi Ani

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (lit.Youth won't come again), sometimes abbreviated as JPNA is a 2015 Pakistani adventure comedy film directed by Nadeem Baig. It was co-produced by Humayun Saeed, Salman Iqbal and Shahzad Nasib at Saeed's production house, Six Sigma Plus. It is the first installment in the Jawani Phir Nahi Ani film series, The film stars Humayun Saeed, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahmad Ali Butt, Vasay Chaudhry, Mehwish Hayat and Sohai Ali Abro.[2][3] The supporting cast includes Jawed Sheikh, Ismail Tara, Bushra Ansari, Ayesha Khan, Sarwat Gillani and Uzma Khan. The film is about a single man who is a divorce lawyer. He takes his three married friends on a trip to help them escape their wives.

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani
Theatrical release poster
Urduجوانی پھر نہیں آنی
Directed byNadeem Baig
Produced byHumayun Saeed
Salman Iqbal
Shahzad Nasib
Jarjees Seja
Written byVasay Chaudhry
Music byAhmad Ali Butt
Shani Arshad
Sahir Ali Bagga
CinematographyMujahid Raza
Edited byRizwan AQ
Distributed byARY Films
Release date
  • 25 September 2015 (2015-09-25) (worldwide)
Running time
156 minutes
Budget 85 million
Box office 494.4 million[1]

The film was shot in various locations in Thailand including Bangkok, Pattaya and Coral Island.[4] A few scenes were shot in Karachi. On 5 June 2015, the film wrapped and post-production began.The film was released on Eid al-Adha, 25 September 2015. It received positive reviews from critics and grossed  494 million worldwide, becoming the highest grossing Pakistani film to that date, breaking the record of Waar (2013). This record was then broken by Punjab Nahi Jaungi (2017).[1] It is currently the third-highest-grossing Pakistani film.

A sequel, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2, was released on August 22, 2018 with Baig returning as director.


Three childhood friends, Saif (Hamza Ali Abbasi), Sheikh (Vasay Chaudhry) and Pervez (Ahmad Ali Butt), have settled down in married life but are afraid of their wives. Their friend Sherry (Humayun Saeed), a divorce lawyer, returns to Pakistan from the United States and finds that all his friends are in miserable marriages. Sherry treats the wives well so that they allow their husbands to accompany Sherry on a road trip to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sherry actually plans to take the men to Bangkok to add excitement to their lives.

In Bangkok, Sherry meets a girl named Marina (Mehwish Hayat) and they fall in love. However, when Sherry learns that Marina is the daughter of a crime boss named Bichi Don (Ismail Tara), he wants to leave Bangkok to get away from Marina.

The men's wives, having learnt of the deception, arrive at the Bangkok hotel where the group are staying. Pervez tries to commit suicide by jumping off the hotel but is saved when he lands in a swimming pool. Sherry tells the wives that the trip was the men's idea and not his. The wives demand divorces from their husbands, saying they can no longer trust them.

A few months pass and the three friends learn that Sherry is to marry Zoya (Sohai Ali Abro). She is the daughter of Mehboob Khan (Javed Sheikh), a billionaire in Lahore. Zoya is the quintessential nouveau riche kid, who insists on speaking with a strong American-English accent and abbreviates expressions like "OMG" (Oh my God) and "MA" (Masha'Allah). She enjoys spending her father's money carelessly. Zoya's mother (Bushra Ansari), worries about her daughter's attitude.

When the three friends arrive at Sherry's wedding, he asks them not to tell Zoya and her family about Marina. Bichi Don arrives at the wedding and introduces himself as "Ya Sheikh", a friend of Mehboob Khan. Sherry tells everyone that his friend, Saif's nickname is also Sherry. The farce is that no one knows which Sherry anyone is talking about.

Two days before the marriage, Marina arrives. Sherry wants Marina's father to reject him as a potential son-in-law, so he pretends to be a homosexual. The ploy works and Marina and her father leave, only to return on the day of the wedding. Mehboob Khan and Marina's father, (Ya Sheikh) argue about Sherry and this results in both men rejecting Sherry as a potential son-in-law. The story ends when the three friends patch things up with their wives and Sherry asks for Marina's hand in marriage.


Special Appearance



The film was shot in various locations in Thailand including Bangkok, Pattaya and Coral Island.[4] A few scenes were shot in Karachi. On 5 June 2015, the film wrapped and post-production began.

"...The final day of the shoot was quite tough as it was very hot in Karachi so it was a relief that it went smoothly. Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahmed Butt, Vasay Chaudhry and I also got our faces clean-shaved for the final portion which was quite fun. The entire team including cast members, the crew and myself are very happy with the final results and excited to see the feedback from audiences now."

Humayun Saeed speaking about last shot of film.[5][6][7]


On 31 March 2015, a teaser was released by ARY Films on ARY Digital Network.[8] On 15 August 2015, the trailer was released.[9] The video promotion of one of the movie's soundtracks, Jalwa (sung by Sana Zulfiqar and Sahir Ali Bagga) was released on 26 August 2015. Five theatrical posters of the film, featuring the main cast, were released at ARY Films' official Facebook page on 29 August 2015. Two days later, another soundtrack, Khul Jaye Botal was released on television channels on the ARY Digital Network. On 18 September 2015, a second trailer (edited by Bilal Lashari) was released. The cast appeared on several morning television shows including Morning with Juggan on 18 September 2015 and Good Morning Pakistan on Eid al-Adha (a feast day in Pakistan) to promote their movie.


The film's music album consists of 6 songs. A soundtrack album was released on Saavn.[10]

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani[11]
1."Khul Jaye Botal"Mika Singh, Tehreem Muniba, Shani Haider04:28
2."Dance The Party"Ali Gul Pir, Shuja Haider3:05
3."Jalwa"Sana Zulfiqar, Sahir Ali Bagga4:41
4."Jay Mundiya"Sana Zulfiqar, Shani Haider04:58
5."Aisa Jorh Hai"Sara Raza Khan, Nabeel Shaukat Ali05:19
6."Jawani Phir Nahi Ani"Ahmad Ali Butt, Faiza Mujahid, Noor Jahan03:43
Total length:26 mins


On 19 September 2015, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani premiered in the CineStar IMAX Lahore. Selected media personnel and celebrities, including Mahesh Bhatt attended.[12][13] Another premiere was held on 20 September 2015 at Nueplex Cinemas in DHA, Karachi.[14] On 23 September 2015, the film premiered in Dubai and on 24 September 2015 in New York City. The Chicago premiere was held on 26 September 26, 2015 and the Los Angeles premiere on 27 September 2015.[15]


Box office

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani became the biggest opener for any Pakistani film to that date with collecting ₨ 2.07 crore, excluding previous day's limited release.[16][17] It broke the previous day 1 record of Waar having ₨ 1.14 crore.[18]

The film collected Rs 2.7 crores on its second day of screening. The total over the first two days was approximately Rs 5 crores.[19] The film collected over Rs 27 crores on the first Sunday of its release.[20][21] The international earnings on the first weekend was Rs. 2.5 crore.[22] In its first week, the film grossed over Rs 13.7 crores, breaking a record for the highest domestic first week totals.[23] The film's second weekend earnings was Rs 5 crores.[24] Three weeks after its premier screening, the film had earned Rs 26.5 crores becoming the highest-grossing film in Pakistan.[25] The film had grossed Rs 35.25 crores at the end of its third week, becoming the highest-grossing Pakistani film worldwide.[26] The film ended its run by collecting Rs 34 crores locally, and Rs 15.44 crores from overseas with a total gross of Rs 49.44 crores the best earning Pakistani film to that date.[1]

Critical reception

The film received positive reviews from critics in Pakistan. Rafay Mahmood of The Express Tribune rated the film "3 out of 5 stars". He said, "for all its flaws, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani is a thoroughly entertaining film that will reward you if you don’t think it out too much". He praised the performances of Saeed and Butt.[27] Asim Malik of Daily Times wrote, "this flick is a complete package and every one made sure that the details are covered".[28] Salima Feerasta of DAWN praised Saeed, Butt, Chaudhry, Abbasi and Hayat and said "despite its flaws, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani is an out-and-out entertainer. An engaging blend of slapstick, spoofs and wit, the film is easy on the eye and an undemanding crowd-pleaser. Definitely worth the price of admission".[29]

Naveen Qazi of Siddy Says rated the film as "4.5 out of 5 stars". He said, "staunch religious views and conservative mind-set should be left at home".[30] Momin Ali Munshi of Galaxy Lollywood rated the film 3.8 out of 5 stars and wrote, "Jawani Phir Nahi Ani is an outright commercial film which scores full marks on the entertainment meter". He praised the performances of Saeed, Butt, Chaudhry, Abro and Gillani.[31]

Home media

The film had a television premier on Eid al-Fitr, 4 July 2016, on ARY Digital.[32]


At the 2nd ARY Film Awards, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani received twenty-nine nominations and won eighteen categories. At the 15th Lux Style Awards, the film won two awards from ten nominations.

Year Ceremony Category Recipient Result Ref
2016 ARY Film Awards Best Film Jury Won
Best Director Jury Nadeem Baig Won
Best Film Won
Best Director Nadeem Baig Won
Best Actor Humayun Saeed Won
Best Actress Mehwish Hayat Nominated
Sohai Ali Abro Won
Best Supporting Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi Won
Ahmed Ali Butt Nominated
Vasay Chaudhry Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Aisha Khan Won
Sarwat Gilani Nominated
Best Star Debut Male Ahmed Ali Butt Nominated
Vasay Chaudhry Nominated
Best Star Debut Female Sarwat Gilani Nominated
Best Actor in a Comic Role Bushra Ansari Nominated
Ahmed Ali Butt Won
Best Actor in a Negative Role Ismail Tara Nominated
Best Playback Singer - Female Sana Zulfiqar Nominated
Best Playback Singer - Male Mika Singh Nominated
Best Story Vasay Chaudhry Won
Best Screenplay Won
Best Dialogue Won
Best Original Music Shani Arshad Won
Best Action Viktor Krav Won
Best Choreography Shabina Khan Won
Best Costume Design Nabila and Jahanzeb Qamar Won
Best Makeup and Hairstyling Nabila Won
Best Editing Rizwan AQ Won
15th Lux Style Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Director Nadeem Baig Nominated
Best Actor Humayun Saeed Won
Best Actress Mehwish Hayat Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Javed Sheikh Won
Ahmad Ali Butt Nominated
Vasay Chaudhary Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Ayesha Khan Won
Sarwat Gilani Nominated
Sohai Ali Abro Nominated


By February 2017 a second Jawani Phir Nahi Ani film was in development with Saeed, Nasib, Iqbal, and Seja returning to produce.[35] Nadeem Baig returned to direct the film, which began filming November 2017 for an August 2018 release.[36]

See also


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