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Maria B sends backhanded congratulations for Joyland's release

09:17 PM | 17 Nov, 2022
Maria B sends backhanded congratulations for Joyland's release
Source: Maria B (Instagram)

In response to the severe outcry and criticism againt the banning of the internationally acclaimed Pakistani film Joyland — Cannes Film Festival Award winner, and Pakistan’s official entry for the Oscars — social media has been flooding with hashtags and virtual protests to screen the film in cinemas.

While the ban has been lifted and the Pakistani nation rejoicing, there are some who aren't really happy. Famous Pakistani fashion designer Maria B isn't really fond of the film's subjects and had some things to get off her chest.

The controversy queen has been vocal about her differences on different subjects and speaks her mind whenever, however, and wherever she wants. The fashion designer who openly opposed Joyland's release and celebrated its ban, has now sent a rather condescending congratulatory message for those in support. 

Taking to her Instagram handle, Maria B shared her thoughts in a story that read "Congratulations Pakistan! Joyland is being released. Our first official transgender movie. At least they cut some part out. May Allah help us and forgive us."

This instance hasn't been the first time that Maria lambasted Saim Sadiq's directorial for its allegedly objectionable material. Nevertheless, the coveted award winner movie has been given a clean chit for a release.

The Pakistani designer has been the subject of harsh criticism suggesting that her stance is directed at marginalized communities. Actor Feroze Khan and JUI Senator have been the only ones so far to have supported Maria.

The film has been written and directed by Sadiq and produced by Apoorva Guru Charan, Sarmad Sultan Khoosat, and Lauren Mann. The film stars Sarwat Gilani, Sania Saeed, Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, and Rasti Farooq in pivotal roles.

Unlocking a major milestone, Saim Saddiq's film featured a daring portrait of a transgender dancer in a Muslim country.

The writer is a staff member.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
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 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
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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