Pakistan Oscar Entry Film Banned: A film ‘Joyland’ is very much discussed in the country of Pakistan. This film was the official entry of Oscar from Pakistan but it has been banned in Pakistan itself. ‘Joyland’ was scheduled to release worldwide on November 18 but Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Broadcasting banned it.
Pakistan’s first Oscar film
The director of ‘Joyland’ is Saim Sadiq, recently the trailer of the film was released on November 4 but the film was banned by Pakistan even before its release. Let us tell you that this film is the first such film of Pakistan which has been sent to the Oscars. Before the Oscars, ‘Joyland’ has been shown in many other foreign film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also praised by the critics.
While banning the film, Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided to ban the film because of ‘highly objectionable things’. Although, a few months ago, the ministry had given the certificate to this film, but now the actors of the film were also taken aback by taking this sudden step.
Protest against bold content
Actually, there was a protest in Pakistan regarding the bold content of ‘Joyland’, after which the ministry took this decision. The ministry issued a notification saying, “Written complaints were received that the film contains highly objectionable content which does not conform to the values and standards of our society.”
The actress called the verdict shameful
Sania Saeed, Sarwat Gilani, Rusti Farooq, Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Salman Peerzada and Sohail Sameer have played important roles in ‘Joyland’. The film’s lead actress Sarwat Geelani criticized the decision, tweeting, “It is shameful that in 6 years, 200 Pakistanis have made a film together, that film was appreciated from Toronto to Cairo and Cannes Film Festival. Now he is being stopped in his own country. Don’t snatch this proud moment of the country from us.”