The 13-member ensemble cast goes all out in the groovy rap amount, glammed to the maximum (thanks to the collective efforts of Deepak Perwani and Humayun Alamgir.
Hey take turns leaping on a trampoline, Ismail Tara whirls on a tawa as a throwback to 50/50 and Bushra Ansari’s brought a rifle to the celebration. Leading ladies Mehwish Hyatt and Sohai Abro cavort in cages, and cosy up with chief man Humayun Saeed on a leather sofa. Hamza Ali Abbasi strips from his coat (ahem).
If Jawani Phir Nahi Ani is the party movie it is touted to be, then its name song is an outright mini-carnival.
The women’s wardrobe was Deepak Perwani, while the men — Picture courtesy Adnan Malik were dressed by Humayun Alamgir
They take turns jumping on a trampoline, Ismail Tara spins on a tawa as throwback Bushra Ansari’s brought a rifle to the celebration. Leading Sohai Abro cavort and ladies Mehwish Hyatt in cages, and cosy up with chief guy Humayun Saeed on a leather couch. Hamza Ali Abbasi strips out of his jacket (ahem).
Adnan’s also snuck within an element of gender subversion, although there’s games and fun aplenty in the tune.
While the men tell Mehwish Hayat and Sohai Abro to “nach, nach, nach ke dikha”, soon it is the girls who throw the exact same words back to them. “This was really conscious decision on our part; we are wanted to subvert the male gaze this way,” Adnan said.
The song, produced by Hasil Kureishi, sees while the female hook is sung by Faiza Mujahid, Ahmed Ali Butt return to his rap sources.
‘JPNA’ is meant to play in the film’s end credits, and Adnan has the chance to capitalise on the collective star power of stars, who’ve shed their character’s skins and therefore are just getting on their bash manner. It is fascinating to find out how the existence of a guest director can actually change a film’s feel and aesthetic up.
Like Adnan says, “The tune is the Jawani Phir Nahi Ani amusement park ride!”