JPNA 2 is a clear box office winner, marking the actor-producer’s third blockbuster in a row (after JPNA and last year’s Punjab Nahi Jaungi.) The multi-starrer comedy featured Saeed alongside Fahad Mustafa, Kubra Khan, Ahmad Ali Butt, Vasay Chaudhry and Mawra Hocane, and has succeeded both critically and commercially.
Humayun chats about his latest offering with Images, responding to some of the criticism that the film’s received, living up to high expectations and what keeps him going 20 years on:
Images: JPNA 2’s remarkable box office profits marks another success for you as a producer/actor. How does it feel?
Humayun: Thankfully, the films we’ve made have done well, but this doesn’t mean that [our success] will last forever. One has to work harder every time, the responsibility on our shoulders increases with each film, so you try to make the next one even better. I actually forget that my last films have done well or the fact that I’ve done what I had to. I’m back to zero every time.
Even though I was always confident about JPNA 2, I was scared. No matter how good or better it may be, I wanted it to do the same kind of business and for people to like it just as much as our previous movies.
I don’t ever think I’m successful, it’s the people who make me successful, the more they love me, the better I will do [smiles].
Images: What are your thoughts on the screens distribution controversy surrounding Load Wedding? Are these issues inevitable when three Pakistani films release at the same time?
Humayun Saeed: That’s what I’ve said throughout the promotions. I was never happy about two more films releasing with mine. One of them was bound to drown and it could’ve been mine too. Unfortunately, it was Load Wedding. I’m honestly upset that it hasn’t done well. At the end of the day, it’s the public’s decision. JPNA 2 is doing well not because I’m sending people to watch it, but because the public is coming out.