Pakistani Oscar-shortlisted Joyland bags yet another int'l award

11:49 PM | 5 Mar, 2023
Pakistani Oscar-shortlisted Joyland bags yet another int'l award
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Saim Sadiq's Joyland has been on a rollercoaster ride. From standing ovations to local bans, the Pakistani Oscar-shortlisted film has been the subject of both scrutiny and strength. After securing multiple coveted awards, Joyland is back to add another feather to its cap. 

For starters, Joyland won a jury prize in the “Un Certain Regard” competition at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in France last year; a category that focuses on artistically daring movies. Sadiq's brainchild was also the first-ever Pakistani movie that was nominated at Cannes beating 13 other nominated movies. 

The critically-acclaimed film recently won the "Best International Film" award at 2023 Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Variety reported, beating Marie Kreutzer’s Corsage, Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Leonor Will Never Die, Davy Chou’s Return to Seoul, and Alice Diop’s Saint Omer.

The Independent Spirit Awards are awards dedicated to independent filmmakers.

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The cinematic masterpiece by Sadiq highlights the plight of the marginalized and underprivileged group in Pakistan; the transgender community. Defying all conventional tropes, Joyland featured a trans woman in the lead role. Though the film seems to be progressive, it was banned by the Censor Board of Pakistan over “highly objectionable material.” 

The film features Sarwat Gilani, Sania Saeed, Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Rasti Farooq, and others. 

The writer is a staff member.


Today Open Market Currency Rates - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 23 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 23, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.7 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 294.3 and selling rate is 297.9 while British Pound rate is 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal at 72.85.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.7 280.85
Euro EUR 294.3 297.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
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Saudi Riyal SAR 72.85 73.6
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.98 748.98
Canadian Dollar CAD 202 204
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
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Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.7 917.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.75 731.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.21 317.71
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74


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