Sarwat Gillani and Husband Fahad Mirza Defends Her Movie ‘Joyland’ Against Govt Ban

Sarwat Gillani and Husband Fahad Mirza Defends Her Movie ‘Joyland’ Against Govt Ban
Photo: Instagram/@saim.sadiq

After Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) suspended the distribution of Saim Sadiq’s LGBT film Joyland this month, actor and plastic surgeon Fahad Mirza defended it on Sunday. The film stars his wife, Sarwat Gilani.

The Parizaad actor tweeted his support for the film and called it a “true work of art”.

Against a film that made history for Pakistani cinema, got passed by all censor boards, but now authorities are succumbing into pressure from certain spiteful people who have not even seen the film, Sarwat Gilani wrote that the ban is a part of “a paid smear campaign” on social media.

Photo: Instagram/@saim.sadiq

The MoIB issued a notification on November 11 saying that the previously certified movie is now “uncertified” because it contains “objectionable content” in response to many complaints.

The announcement caused a rift on the internet, with some individuals supporting the choice and many others claiming that the ban is unfair.

Director Saim Sadiq’s provocative movie, which stars Sarwat Gilani, Ali Junejo, Rashti Farooq, and transgender performer Alina Khan, has had enormous success abroad. It was the first Pakistani film to compete at the Cannes Film Festival.

Joyland, which also won this year’s Queer Palme, also took home the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard competition, which highlighted up-and-coming, creative filmmakers.

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