The Pakistani film Joyland continues to impress celebrities. On Tuesday, Priyanka Chopra took to Twitter and Instagram to praise the film shortlisted for Oscars 2023, the first ever Pakistani film to do so. Priyanka shared a video from the movie and tweeted, “Joyland is truly a joy to watch. Bravo to the whole team for bringing this story to life. It’s a must see.” The film’s cast and crew also responded to Priyanka’s shoutout and thanked her for praising the film. Read also: Priyanka Chopra asks Last Film Show actor to name a movie he saw in theaters, then impresses in black dress at screening in LA
Joyland follows the story of the youngest son in a traditional Pakistani family, who gets a job as a backup dancer in a Bollywood-style burlesque act. He falls in love with Biba (Alina Khan), a transgender woman who runs the show. The film is written and directed by Saim Sadiq and stars Ali Junejo, Rasti Farooq and Alina Khan. It is also executive produced by Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.
In response to Priyanka’s post on Instagram Stories, the official version of the film on Instagram Stories said, “Thank you, Priyanka Chopra.” Director Saim Sadiq also took to Instagram Stories and thanked Priyanka, writing, “Thank you so much.” Actor Sania Saeed wrote, “OMG (oh my god) guys!” Actor Rasti Farooq also said on Instagram Stories, “Thank you Priyanka Chopra, I am really proud that our film has appealed to many viewers around the world and that it humanizes Pakistanis in its own spectacular way.”
Last year, Joyland became the first Pakistani film to debut at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, winning both a Jury Prize and the Queer Palm. After its Cannes debut, Joyland was screened at numerous festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival. Despite the praise the film garnered, the Pakistani government had initially tried to ban the film from broadcasting in the country, citing “deeply offensive” material. The film has been nominated for Best International Film at the 2023 Independent Spirit Awards and was recently shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards, as Pakistan’s official entry.
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