By Suresh Bodiwala
CHICAGO: The Studio Elite here presented a star-studded red-carpet premiere of the blockbuster Pakistani feature film, “Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (JPNA)”, on Saturday at Holiday Inn.
The event was attended by over 500 eminent persons from different walks of life, including Faisal Niaz Timizi, Consul General of Pakistan, as the Guest of Honor.
The star cast of the film, who attended the premier, welcomed the guests to the event and also thanked them for the love and affection showered on them.
“JPNA is an outright commercial film, with the performances par excellence. This ‘paisa vasool’ film, which scores full marks on the entertainment meter, makes sure that you laugh out loud and enjoy thoroughly the 150-minute experience”, said Humayn Saeed, co-producer of the film and one of the lead actors.
Saeed said that the movie has witty dialogues, catchy humor, and an array of party songs to groove to. “With a star-studded cast, exotic locations, and the promise of plenty of entertainment, JPNA turned out to be this Eid’s biggest release”, added Saeed.
Saeed further stated that even though JPNA is just a few days old, it has been doing a record-breaking business and is on its way to emerge as the highest-grossing blockbuster film in the history of Pakistani cinema.
“Pakistan has been producing world class dramas, and now with films like JPNA, we will do great in the domain of movies too”, said Javed Shaik, who essayed an important character in the film.
“While Indian movies have been making high impact, considering their huge budget, state-of-the-art technology, and larger-than-life sets, a movie like JPNA has the potential to capture the imagination of moviegoers on account of its gripping storyline, mesmerizing screenplay, and emotionally-strong content”, added Shaik.
Humayun Saeed, Javeed Shaik, Sabia Ali, Mahwif Haya, and others, unanimously urged the film-lovers in the US in general and in Chicago in particular to watch JPNA, along with their family and friends, without fail.
Pakistan Consul General Mr Faisal Timizi expressed hope that the comedy films like JPNA will not only entertain people from the Indian Subcontinent in the US but would also further enrich mutual understanding, friendship, and cultural sensitivity among them.
He also said that with the launch of such films as JPNA, Manto, Bin Roya, Mor, and Khuda key Liya, Pakistan cinema has come of age. Pakistani cinema, like Pakistani television plays, are known for their dialogue and being close to reality. “The Consulate has undertaken efforts to facilitate an event for Manto, a story on the life of South Asia’s premier short story writer”, he added.
JPNA revolves around three buddies whose lives are literally miserable because of their wives. Their friend, a divorce lawyer, decides to take them to a ‘boys-only’ trip to Bangkok to bring some spice and excitement into their lives, which results in hilarious comedy.
The movie features such heavyweights as Humayun Saeed, Vasay Chaudhry, Ahmad Butt, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ismail Tara, Javed Sheikh, Sarwat Gilani, Mehwish Hayat, Uzma Khan, Ayesha Khan, and Bushra Ansari.
The film written by Vasay Chaudhry and directed by Nadeem Baig, has been produced by Salman Iqbal, Humayun Saeed, Shahzad Nasib, and Jarjees Seja, under production banner of Six Sigma Plus.
Mrs Haniya wife of Consul General Congratulated and wish best of luck to The Red Carpet Event and “Jawani Phir Nahi Ani team.
“It was a rare opportunity for me to meet and greet the star cast of JPNA and also to have the bonus of enjoying a fun-filled evening, including live music entertainment and great food”, said Mr Abbas one of the members of the audience.
The Red Carpet Event for JPNA was organized by Shahida & Abiha Khan, Owners of Studio Elite. They are pioneer in USA for organizing big shows of Bollywood star and Fashion Show in Chicagoland area.
The event was distributed & brought to Chicago by Saeed Brothers, Adnan & Amir Saeed, and marketed by Art Spot Chicago, Fahad Zuberi & Taha Rizvi.
With less than a two-weeks marketing campaign, the star-studded event was a sold out affair and a big success for the organizers and the movie producers.