Oscar-shortlisted Pakistani film 'Joyland' to release in India

08:32 PM | 24 Jan, 2023
Oscar-shortlisted Pakistani film 'Joyland' to release in India
Source: Saim Sadiq (Instagram)

Keeping in view how Indian authorities treated Bilal Lashari's The Legend of Maula Jatt, the chances to witness any Pakistani film release in India were quite slim; however, there is one cinematic masterpiece that will hit theatres in the neighboring country soon enough.

Being one of the finest projects produced in Pakistan, Saim Sadiq's critically acclaimed Joyland is breaking any and all barriers.

Following Joyland's US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Variety reported that Sadiq's directorial will release all over the world including in India. Joyland's production team confirmed that the Oscars-shortlisted project is slated to release in India (distributed by PVR). Sadiq's latest offering also enjoys the position of the first film to be released in India after almost a decade with the last film being Shoaib Mansoor's Bol.

Sadiq's brainchild surprisingly made its way to become Pakistan's official submission to the Oscars and was also shortlisted despite the backlash and a theatrical release ban in multiple cities of the country.

Discussing his selection prior to Joyland's production, Sadiq said: "I am humbled, thankful, and excited about this immense honor to represent Pakistan at the Oscars with a film that I truly believe is an honest and compassionate representation of who we are as people. I hope that the joys and sorrows of these characters foster empathy amongst viewers in Pakistan and abroad. In the coming months, we will need many prayers and good wishes from our people for the road ahead."

The 31-year-old director added, "We always complain about how - despite the presence of many great artists in all fields - Pakistani art has remained grossly underrepresented in the world. This year, however, has been different already. So, I’ll take this moment to feel hopeful. With my gratitude to the selection committee, I wish the best of luck to Joyland and to Pakistan."

Joyland boasts an ensemble cast of Sania Saeed, Junejo, Khan, Sarwat Gilani, Rasti Farooq, Salman Peerzada, and Sohail Samir. The film recently welcomed actor-director Riz Ahmed and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai as its executive producers.

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 1, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 1, 2024 (Friday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.32 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 353 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 1, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.32 282.35
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.4 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.43 174.43
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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