6 Things You Don't Know About Superstar Humayun Saeed!
Humayun Saeed Didn’t Become A Superstar In A Day; He Has Worked Really Hard To Become The King Of The Box Office!
There is more to Humayun Saeed than meets the eye; the actor-turned-producer has been around for more than two decades and has achieved stardom through hard work. From starring in TV dramas to producing them, from working in films to making his own, Humayun Saeed has been there, done that. But there are many things about the actor that not even his most ardent fans know about. Read on to find out all there is to know about Humayun Saeed and what steps did he take that made him into the huge star he is!\
1. Humayun Saeed's Biggest Breakthrough Was A TV Commercial
Back in the mid-90s, Humayun Saeed began his career as a promising actor but was cast in supporting roles, despite his good looks. However, the TV commercial that changed his life was that of Lifebuoy where he played the character of a friend who advises the hero that he should change his soap if he wants to get noticed by another colleague (played by Iffat Omar). His advice was ‘tera problem hai paseenay ki badboo’ and with those golden words, his own problem of getting good roles was gone. While no one remembers the guy with the problematic odor, everyone now knows Humayun Saeed, since he made the most of his ‘ten seconds of fame’ and bagged a role in Mehreen Jabbar’s Ab Tum Ja Sakte Ho in no time.
2. Humayun Saeed Made His Film Debut Through Inteha In 1999
If you thought Main Hoon Shahid Afridi was Humayun Saeed’s first film, then think again. After starring in a few long plays and Telefilms including Yasir Akhtar’s award-winning Zeher, Humayun Saeed made his film debut through Samina Peerzada’s Inteha, way back in 1999. Even though he was the film’s main antagonist (with the forgotten Zeeshan Sikandar as the main lead), the audience appreciated his acting and welcomed him with open arms as a film actor. However, after his next film No Paisa No Problem, Humayun Saeed took a well-advised break from movies and after two more attempts as an actor, returned as an actor-producer, making the kind of high-quality films he wanted instead of the mediocre ones that were being offered to him!
3. Humayun Saeed's Performed A Drag Act In A Film Long Before It Became A Norm
‘Performing a drag act’ is part of every actor’s checklist these days but back in 2000, it was not at all common in Pakistani films, not since Aurat Raaj where major stars Waheed Murad and Rangeela performed it to perfection in the 70s. In No Paisa No Problem, Humayun Saeed played a conman who dresses up as a woman to help his client (Fakhre Alam) who wanted to convince his grandfather (Abid Khan) that he was eligible for a place in his will. He may not have been as convincing as Munawwar Zarif was in Shararat back in the 70s, but reminded one of Martin Lawrence in Big Momma’s House. Unknown to many, the film was penned by Khalil ur Rehman Qamar and featured Noor as Humayun Saeed’s love interest, when he was not busy performing the drag act.
4. Humayun Saeed Was The Original Choice To Play Ashar In Humsafar
Believe it or not, had Humayun Saeed’s back not troubled him after doing Neeyat on TV, Fawad Khan would have had to wait to reach the top! Humayun Saeed was the original choice to play Ashar in Sarmat Khoosat’s serial, and it was only because of his troubling back that he was unable to do so. Since Fawad Khan was doing Akbari Asghari that was being co-produced by Humayun Saeed, he recommended the young man’s name to the producers and the rest is history. It pushed Neeyat so back that today, no one remembers that Mahira Khan made her TV debut alongside Humayun Saeed and Ahsan Khan, and believe that it was through Humsafar that she began her acting career on TV.
5. Humayun Saeed Even Acted In An Indian Film!
And if you didn’t know that Humayun Saeed acted in an Indian film a decade back, then you are not a Humayun Saeed fan at all! The Superstar from Pakistan played the main antagonist in Mahesh Bhatt’s home production Jashn where Adhyayan Suman and Anjana Sukhani played the main lead. The reason why Humayun Saeed agreed to act in the movie was to be directed by the legendary director Mahesh Bhatt who only called the shots when Humayun Saeed was in front of the camera. That experience alongside the one of working in Main Ek Din Laut Kay Aaoon Ga that was shot partly in India helped Humayun Saeed learn the basics of film production, and he used that experience to produce the highest-grossing films in Pakistan!
6. Humayun Saeed Is The Most Successful Film Producer In Pakistan
He has not just acted in the most successful films in Pakistan (financially), but has produced most of them as well. His first foray into filmmaking was Main Hoon Shahid Afridi (2013) and despite its average show at the box office, it helped Humayun Saeed and his team to understand the tricks of the trade. Within two years, he was back with first Bin Roye (as an actor) and later Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (as actor-producer) and the success of both the films helped Pakistan’s ailing film industry recover from a devastating state it was in. Jawani Phir Nahi Ani was so popular that the sequel Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 was in the works soon after and hit the market in 2018. In between the two films, the combo of Humayun Saeed – Nadeem Baig came up with Punjab Nahi Jaungi which was declared a blockbuster because of its story, songs, and performances. If you look at the list of highest-grossing films produced in Pakistan, Humayun Saeed is there with JPNA 2 (over Rs. 70 crores worldwide) at number 1, Punjab Nahi Jaungi (over Rs. 50 crores worldwide) at number 2, JPNA (nearly Rs. 50 crores worldwide) at number 3, and Bin Roye (Rs. 40 crores worldwide) at number 6; with only Bin Roye not being his production!