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Joyla d

The you ges so i a adi io al Pakis a i family akes a job as a backup da ce i a Bollywood-s yle bu lesque a d quickly becomes i fa ua ed wi h he s o g-willed a s woma who u s h… Read allThe you ges so i a adi io al Pakis a i family akes a job as a backup da ce i a Bollywood-s yle bu lesque a d quickly becomes i fa ua ed wi h he s o g-willed a s woma who u s he show.The you ges so i a adi io al Pakis a i family akes a job as a backup da ce i a Bollywood-s yle bu lesque a d quickly becomes i fa ua ed wi h he s o g-willed a s woma who u s he show.

Joyla d (film)

Joyla d (U du: جوائے لینڈ) is a 2022 Pakis a i d ama film w i e , di ec ed a d co-edi ed by Saim Sadiq i his fea u e di ec o ial debu .4 The film s a s Ali Ju ejo, Ras i Fa ooq, Ali a Kha , Sa wa Gila i, a d Salmaa Pee zada.

Se i i e -ci y Laho e, Joyla d ce e s a ou d he low-i come Ra a family, headed by a elde pa ia ch (Pee zada) who yea s fo he bi h of a g a dso . He fo ces his daugh e -i -law Mum az (Fa ooq) o qui he job af e Haide (Ju ejo), his you ges so a d he husba d, fi ds wo k a a e o ic da ce hea e . Howeve , complica io s a ise whe Haide becomes i fa ua ed wi h Biba (Kha ), a a sge de da ce .5

Joyla d had i s wo ld p emie e a he 2022 Ca es Film Fes ival o 23 May 2022, becomi g he fi s Pakis a i film o p emie e a he Ca es Film Fes ival. I sc ee ed i he U Ce ai Rega d sec io , whe e i compe ed fo he Camé a d’O .6 The film eceived a s a di g ova io af e i s sc ee i g7 a d wo he fes ival’s Ju y P ize,8 as well as he Quee Palm p ize fo bes LGBTQ- hemed film.9

I was i i ially ba ed fo hea ical elease i Pakis a a d was app oved fo elease af e mi o cu s. I p emie ed domes ically o 18 Novembe 2022 a d eceived ge e ally posi ive eviews f om c i ics.

Joyla d was selec ed as he Pakis a i e y fo Bes I e a io al Fea u e Film a 95 h Academy Awa ds.10 O 21 Decembe 2022, i became he fi s Pakis a i film o be sho lis ed i he ca ego y.11

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I i e -ci y Laho e, Ama ullah is he elde pa ia ch of he middle-class Ra a family. His you ge so , Haide , has spe yea s u employed, while Haide ‘s wife, Mum az, wo ks as a aes he icia a a salo . Haide ‘s f ie d Qaise helps Haide secu e a job as a backup da ce a a e o ic da ce hea e , whe e he is o pe fo m fo Biba, a a sge de da ce . Haide had p eviously see a bloodied Biba a a hospi al, whe Haide ‘s sis e -i -law Nucchi was givi g bi h o a fou h g a ddaugh e . Upo lea i g ha Haide has fou d wo k, Ama ullah—who wishes fo a g a dso —o de s Mum az o qui he job, o he dismay.

Haide joi s his fellow backup da ce s fo ehea sals wi h Biba, bu demo s a es li le expe ie ce wi h da ci g. Af e he ehea sal, Haide accompa ies Biba o he hea e , whe e he wi esses a a gume be wee Biba a d he hea e ma age ove he affo dabili y of a s a dee of Biba. Biba a d Haide place a o de fo he s a dee a a shop. A he Ra a household, Mum az a d Nucchi i s all a ai co di io e . Tha igh , while Biba a e ds a eve a which she is g oped by a ma , Haide goes o pick up he s a dee. U able o s o e i a he hea e , Haide b i gs he s a dee home, a d he a d Mum az place i o he oof.

The ex mo i g, Fayyaz, a widow a d family f ie d, o ices he s a dee o he oof a d ale s Ama ullah. Fayyaz a d Ama ullah chide Haide a d he s a dee as shameful. A a o he ehea sal, Haide begi s o show imp oveme i his da ci g. Tha igh , Biba a d Haide go o Biba’s home, whe e she explai s he bloodied appea a ce a he hospi al— he blood belo ged o a o he a sge de woma , Ti a, who was sho a d killed by a ma i f o of Biba. Haide a d Biba alk abou he ocea , a d Haide says ha he has eve bee ou side Laho e. They ea ly kiss, bu Haide goes home. I bed wi h Mum az, Haide asks he abou he ocea , a d Mum az sugges hey visi i someday. Haide says he ca o sleep; he e u s o Biba, a d he wo passio a ely kiss.

O a o he igh , Mum az a d Nucchi go o a amuseme pa k called Joyla d, while Haide a d he o he backup da ce s p epa e o pe fo m alo gside Biba. Whe he elec ici y a he hea e u expec edly shu s off, Haide co vi ces Biba a d he o he da ce s o go h ough wi h hei pe fo ma ce u il he ligh s come back o ; hei ou i e p oves a success wi h he audie ce. La e ha igh , Nucchi’s husba d Saleem ca ches Mum az mas u ba i g o a o he ma , who is himself mas u ba i g i a alley visible f om he ba h oom wi dow. The ex mo i g, Fayyaz’s so scolds he Ra a family, as Fayyaz spe he p evious igh i Ama ullah’s compa y, a fac he so co side s disg aceful.

Mum az a d Nucchi visi a doc o a d lea ha Mum az is p eg a wi h a boy. Mum az ells Nucchi ha she feels like u i g away, bu dismisses he ow s a eme as a joke. A he hea e , Qaise a d he o he backup da ce s ask Haide p obi g ques io s abou Biba’s ge i als, esul i g i Biba a g ily ebuki g hem. La e , Biba a d Haide p epa e o have ***, bu whe Haide ies o posi io himself as a ecep ive pa e , Biba fu iously kicks him ou a d ells him o o e u o he o he hea e . Haide e u s home a d c ies whe Mum az ells him ha hey a e expec i g a so .

Af e a pa y fo Ama ullah’s 70 h bi hday, Mum az e ieves a hidde bo le f om he a k of a ba h oom oile a d d i ks f om i . Mum az is la e fou d dead. Family, eighbo s a d o he s—i cludi g Biba—ga he a d p ay as he body is washed, sh ouded, a d ake away fo bu ial. Af e he fu e al, Haide becomes a g y a Saleem whe Saleem malig s Mum az fo killi g he self a d he u bo so . Nucchi chas ises Saleem, a d says ha Mum az’s dea h is he faul of he e i e family. I he pas , a as-ye -u ma ied Haide visi s Mum az a he home, a d asks he , i spi e of hei ma iage bei g a a ged, if she he self wa s o ma y him; hey mu ually ag ee o ma y. I he p ese , Haide leaves Laho e o visi he ocea , a d wades ou i o he wa e .

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Release

P emie e a d fes ival sc ee i gs

Joyla d had i s wo ld p emie e a he 75 h Ca es Film Fes ival i he U Ce ai Rega d sec io o 23 May 2022.14 Film Co s ella io , a U.K. a d F a ce-based sales fi m, has ake up he i e a io al igh s fo he film, which will be sha ed wi h WME I depe de fo ep ese a io i No h Ame ica.15 F e ch igh s of he film we e acqui ed by Co do .5

The film was i vi ed a 2022 To o o I e a io al Film Fes ival i he Special P ese a io s sec io a d was sc ee ed o 8 Sep embe 2022.1617 I was also selec ed as pa of he 27 h Busa I e a io al Film Fes ival’s A Wi dow o Asia Ci ema sec io , sc ee i g o 6 Oc obe 2022.18 La e i Decembe , i was i vi ed o he 28 h Kolka a I e a io al Film Fes ival a d was sc ee ed o 18 Decembe 2022.19 I he same mo h, i was also i vi ed o Spo ligh sec io of 2023 Su da ce Film Fes ival, held f om 19 o 29 Ja ua y 2023.20

Joyla d did o sc ee a he I e a io al Film Fes ival of Ke ala, o e of I dia’s mos espec ed film fes ivals. I a epo fo Fi s pos , jou alis A a M. M. Ve icad evealed ha he film was ejec ed by he a is ic di ec o of he fes ival, Deepika Suseela , who said: The e a e ac ually so ma y films deali g wi h he same sic, pa icula ly a sge de if we ake ou , you k ow he e is lesbia , gay, diffe e segme s … Fo me pe so ally, I liked Paloma mo e, a d fo me, Joyla d was aki g oo much ime. Ve icad w o e: I is i excusable … fo a i dividual i such a c i ical posi io o co side hei pe so al opi io easo e ough o ejec such a film despi e i s cul u al a d socio-poli ical sig ifica ce; o be u awa e of ha sig ifica ce a d equally u awa e of audie ce i e es i i despi e he c owds i has d aw a fes ivals ac oss he wo ld.21

Thea ical elease a d ce so ship

Joyla d was scheduled o be eleased i Pakis a o 18 Novembe 2022.22 Despi e he ce so boa d havi g g a ed he film a ce so ce ifica e i Augus , Pakis a ‘s Mi is y of I fo ma io B oadcas i g was a ou ced o have ba ed he film’s domes ic elease i Novembe , ci i g Pakis a ‘s Mo io Pic u e O di a ce of 19792324 a d w i e complai s abou he film. Addi io ally, Se a o Mush aq Ahmad Kha of he Jamaa -e-Islami poli ical pa y accused he film of bei g agai s Pakis a i values, s a i g ha , Glamou isi g a sge de s i Pakis a , as well as hei love affai s, is a di ec a ack o ou beliefs.25

The ba was me wi h ha sh c i icism, wi h he hash ag gu ed by he ba a d said i was, absolu ely u co s i u io al a d illegal.27 Ali a Kha , he ac ess playi g he p o ago is of he film, said, The e’s o hi g agai s Islam a d I do ‘ u de s a d how Islam ca ge e da ge ed by me e films.28 I a w i e defe se published i Va ie y, Nobel P ize wi e Malala Yousafzai, who is also a execu ive p oduce of  he film, s a ed:29

Joyla d is o ac ivism posi g as a ; i does ‘ a gue fo a pa icula poi of view o issue a call o ac io . The film ea s each cha ac e wi h compassio , f om he agei g g a dfa he imposi g his will o his family o he you g wife who wa s mo e ha he me a ou d he a e willi g o give. I ‘s a film abou he ways i which pa ia chy hu s eve yo e — me , wome a d child e . I ‘s a film abou he heali g powe s of female f ie dship a d solida i y. I ‘s a film abou he cos s of ig o i g ou ow d eams o co fo m o socie y a ou d us. Joyla d is also a love le e o Pakis a , o i s cul u e, food, fashio a d, mos of all, i s people. How agic ha a film c ea ed by a d fo Pakis a is is ow ba ed f om ou sc ee s because of claims ha i does o ep ese ou way of life o po ays a ega ive image of ou cou y. The opposi e is ue — he film eflec s eali y fo millio s of o di a y Pakis a is, people who yea fo f eedom a d fulfilme , people who c ea e mome s of joy eve y day fo hose hey love.

O 16 Novembe 2022, a aide o P ime Mi is e Shehbaz Sha if old Associa ed P ess ha a commi ee fo med o evalua e he film app oved i s elease wi h mi o cu s.30 The film p emie ed i Pakis a o i s pla ed elease da e of 18 Novembe , al hough seve al objec io able e o ic sce es we e subjec ed o ce so ship.3132

Joyla d emai s ba ed i he Pu jab p ovi ce.33

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C i ical espo se

The film eceived widesp ead c i ical acclaim f om i e a io al c i ics. I eceived a s a di g ova io a he Ca es Film Fes ival p emie e.34 O he eview agg ega o websi e Ro e Toma oes, 98% of 48 c i ics’ eviews a e posi ive, wi h a ave age a i g of 8.210. The websi e’s co se sus eads: Wi h s u i g ho es y ha ‘s achi gly bi e swee , Joyla d ackles ge de a d ***ual fluidi y i a ep essed pa ia chal socie y wi h wisps of hopeful ess.35 O Me ac i ic, i has a weigh ed ave age sco e of 82 ou of 100, based o 22 c i ics, i dica i g u ive sal acclaim.36

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Upo he film’s p emie e i I dia, A a M. M. Ve icad w o e o Fi s pos : I hese divisive imes, i is wo h po de i g ove he ma y commo ali ies be wee ou wo cou ies – ou faili gs i cluded – as a e eflec ed i his wo de fully se si ive ch o icle of f ie dship a d love, lo gi g a d lo eli ess, ***uali y, desi e, e fo ced ge de oles, a d he eve yday ess behi d which p ejudice, ep essio a d opp essio h ive. Ve icad added ha , I co as o he cacopho y of y a y a d pe secu io accompa yi g Haide , Mum az a d Biba’s jou ey, he film … u s as smoo hly as a sympho y i mo io .37

Siddha Adlakha of I dieWi e gave he film a g ade of B , w i i g, The f ame moves slowly, if a all, bu i always b ims wi h physical a d emo io al e e gy; he e’s always some hi g i he e he , whe he embodied by dazzli g displays of ligh as cha ac e s move ac oss s ages a d club floo s o by b ea h aki g sile ces.38

I Na io al He ald, Nam a a Joshi w o e ha he film has bee c af ed o he powe of he implici . Joshi p aised he vi uoso cas , w i i g, each cha ac e , i espec ive of he o his le g h of s ay o sc ee , is imbued wi h a a e comple e ess, a d b ough alive by me iculous, effo less pe fo ma ce. Co cludi g he eview, she s a ed, Joyla d begi s wi h a bi h, a se se of hope a d possibili y bu leaves o e wi h a eme dous se se of loss. Nex she b ough ou he pa hos of he film w i i g, The ci cle of life is commu ica ed wi h e de ess a d poise by Sadiq ha makes i doubly poig a .39

Film c i ic A upama Chop a p aised he pe fo ma ces of he film’s cas , w i i g, The ac o s – Ali Ju ejo, Salmaa Pee zada, Sa wa Gila i, Sa ia Saeed, a d Ali a Kha – delive emo io ally eso a pe fo ma ces. Chop a co cluded, Wi h poe y a d abidi g mela choly, Joyla d c ea es a poig a po ai of a spli e ed family. Shubh a Gup a of The I dia Exp ess fou d Joyla d hea wa mi g.40

I e a io al

Lovia Gya kye of The Hollywood Repo e called Joyla d a family saga, o e ha he di ec o Sadiq uses o obse ve how ge de o ms co s ic , a d he asphyxia e, i dividuals. Gya kye co cluded ha he film is a achi g co side a io of ge de a d ***uali y.41

Deadli e Hollywood’s A a Smi h opi ed ha he film has a vivid se se of place, c ea ed o so much by i s geog aphical backd op as i s cha ac e s, a d w o e ha i emai s a hough ful, well pe fo med a d e g ossi g d ama se i a cul u e ha ‘s shif i g, a d o always wi h ease.42

Alla Hu e of Sc ee Daily w o e, Sadiq’s sc ee play aviga es a complex web of sec e s a d lies, p essu es a d p ejudices o c ea e a soulful huma d ama i e o challe gi g a ow mi ds. A gui g ha he film offe s o eal villai s he e beyo d a socie y ha imposes igid expec a io s o i dividuals a d ge de s, Hu e w i es ha libe a io ca ies a hef y p ice i Joyla d, especially fo he wome , fu he addi g ha Sadiq’s e gagi g, hough -p ovoki g film is fully awa e of he sac ifices made a d he s uggles ha s ill lie ahead.43

Film c i ic Jaso Go be , eviewi g a he film a Ca es fes ival, w o e, Expec his o be a absolu e b eak h ough f om his yea ‘s Ca es 2022 wi h e o mous i e a io al a e io . Go be called he film p ofou d a d powe ful, a d o e ha upe ds all expec a io of ci ema f om ha of e closed cul u e, o e ha b ashly looks a love, family, lo gi g i i s my iad fo ms.44

Va ie y’s Guy Lodge fou d he film a ly fu y a d plu gi gly sad i equal measu e, a d opi ed ha , as a ale of a sge de desi e i a Muslim cou y, i s ve y p emise makes i a bou da y-b eake . App ecia i g he di ec o , Lodge w o e, Sadiq’s debu imp esses wi h i s se si ive s o y elli g a d vib a visuals.45

Rya Les o of Film gave he film a sco e of seve ou of 10, p aisi g Sadiq’s di ec io a d calli g i a wo de ful film abou lo gi g a d desi e wi h a mela choly u de o e ha you jus do ‘ expec .46

Davide Abba escia i of The New A ab w o e ha Joyla d dese ves wide p aise, especially co side i g he oubled socio-cul u al co ex i which i was sho . Mo eove , he w o e, i p omp s impo a ques io s abou chasi g d eams a d discove i g ou ue selves.47

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