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Oscar winner Riz Ahmed joins forces with Joyland as executive producer

07:23 PM | 13 Jan, 2023
Oscar winner Riz Ahmed joins forces with Joyland as executive producer

Having bagged multiple accolades, an Oscar nomination, and a ten minutes-long standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival, Joyland seems to be the epitome of success and revolution of Pakistan cinema prompting everyone to be associated with it.

From Priyanka Chopra congratulating the director Saim Sadiq and the film's ensemble cast over the cinematic masterpiece to Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai working as an executive producer, Joyland seems to be the center of attention, especially after an Oscar Award recipient has jumped on board.

The Academy Award winner who happens to be a British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed recently announced that he joined Sadiq’s directorial as an executive producer. The Mogul Mowgli actor took to Instagram to announce that his production company called "Left Handed Films" became a part of Joyland's team.

For those wondering what Joyland offers, it is the first Pakistan film to win awards at the Cannes Film Festival 2022. The movie also won the Cannes Queer Palm prize for best LGBT, “queer” or feminist-themed movie and the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard segment. Joyland stars Sarwat Gilani, Sania Saeed, Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, and Rasti Farooq. 

In a lengthy note describing how Sadiq's brainchild is "gut-wrenching" and "elegantly composed", The Long Goodbye star wrote, “We are so proud at Left Handed Films to be a part of @joylandmovie. Our motto is “go left” and Saim Sadiq’s unique film does just that. JOYLAND is ground-breaking. And it's easy to get lost in all the ways that it is; the first Pakistani film at Cannes, the first award-winner, the first to be Oscar®️ shortlisted, and a queer love story that has overcome multiple bans. But more important than any of the glass ceilings it smashes, is how this film so masterfully breaks our hearts."

Ahmed added, "Saim Sadiq’s filmmaking is both understated and gut-wrenching. His writing is consistently unexpected, and every scene is so elegantly composed but still bursting with raw performances. JOYLAND is one of the best films of the year, and against all odds of resources and marketing budgets, it's been amazing to see festival juries, audiences, and critics shouting that from the rooftops."

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Responding to Ahmed being on board with the team, Sadiq told Variety, “I am excited that Riz and Left Handed Films will be joining Joyland as EPs. Riz and his production company have a track record of exquisite taste and having them on board further affirms our belief in both the urgency and universality of Joyland.”

According to Variety, Ahmed is one of many executive producers including Yousafzai, Ramin Bahrani, Jemima Khan, William Olsson, Jen Goyne Blake, Tiffany Boyle, Elsa Ramo, Oleg Dubson, Kathrin Lohmann, Hari Charana Prasad, Sukanya Puvvula and Owais Ahmed.

Talking about the 95th Academy Awards ceremony, the official Academy awards' Instagram handle shared the 15 films that made it to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category, including Sadiq’s Joyland. The Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on March 12 in Los Angeles.

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On the work front, Ahmed is currently working on Nimona, and will next be seen in Fingernails.

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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