Joyland

2022 [URDU]

Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 98% · 84 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 60%
IMDb Rating 7.7/10 10 3808 3.8K

Plot summary

As a patriarchal family yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue their family line, their youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for a transgender starlet.



July 08, 2023 at 04:17 PM

Director

Saim Sadiq

Top cast

720p.BLU
1.15 GB
1280*960
Punjabi 2.0
NR
24 fps
2 hr 7 min
P/S ...

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Xstal 8 / 10

All the Fun of the Unfair...

The prison you call home has let you go, exchanging places with your wife to earn some dough, leaves her trapped and isolated, while you become more animated, and discover what deep down, you've always known; as you fall for dancer Biba who you're supporting, on the stage but after hours you are cavorting, in a world that can be rigid, you find yourself no longer frigid, then you misjudge the whole vibe, with your contorting.

It's a wonderful and brave piece of cinema that breaks boundaries by some measure (and quite rightly so), as Haider falls for the elegant transgender Biba, and his wife Mumtaz pays the penalty for his indiscretions.

Reviewed by maitrasagnik 8 / 10

Joyland (2022)

Through the course of every year, there are a few movies which I mark as the most anticipated ones. Ever since I first watched the trailer for Joyland, I was intrigued and looking forward to experiencing it. Over the course of time, the film gathered accolades in the festival circuit and was banned in its home country of Pakistan. I finally had the opportunity to watch it last week and I was not disappointed. I do have an issue with the film but that is not regarding its quality . More on that later.

This one is a bold film and the director Saim Safiq must be hailed to have the guts to make this film coming from where he is. The smart thing here is that he does not go about demonizing or critiquing something as sensitive as religion. Rather, he attacks the evil of patriarchy and the devastating effect it can have on a family breaking out from its core till nothing is left. While we mostly have films over here which shows how the women are affected by patriarchy, this film does a wonderful job in portraying that it is equally toxic for the men as it thursts unreal expectation of being a Man right from their birth.

Joyland primarily deals with the joint family headed by the father Rana Amanullah and the family of his two sons - Haider and Salim. Each member of the family has their own dynamic. Everyone tries to fit in but each has their own unrequited wants which they are striving for. Haider is the black sheep of the family who, despite his best efforts, cannot live up to the expectations of his father or of the society. He finally finds his calling after he gets a job as a background dancer at a dance group led by Biba. Biba is a transgender in Pakistan trying to carve a place in the society but is not given a chance. Sparks immediately fly between them when the two misfits meet each other. This relation sets in motion a butterfly effect, the results of which are not pleasant.

The acting is brilliant all across the board and the dialouges and screenplay are both commendable but mature. This film shows a mirror to the audience about the everyday casual wrong-doings happening all around us. We can either turn a blind eye to it or address it .The choice is ours as the audience. No one here is a villain, but just trying to live their life as per the standards set for them and trying to break the glass ceiling one step at a time.

Now, coming to the issue of the film. I think the trailer for this film actually did the film a disservice. This film is no way only about the relation between Biba and Haider. People who have not watched the movie are protesting for all the wrong reasons. This is a far more mature film which addresses issues faced by everyone - right from the youngest member of the family to the eldest one. The best scene in this movie, for me,does not even involve Biba. It is the pre-climax scene which has to be the most tender yet the most telling scene in this movie. It packs a punch and by the time the credit rolls, you realise you just finished watching one of the top films of the year.

Reviewed by chong_an 7 / 10

Social-revolutionary film from Pakistan

This depiction of Pakistan is patriarchal and misogynistic. The almost-70 patriach of the Rana clan rules, while the son of the neighboring widow tries to control his mother. Regardless of education or qualifications, women are supposed to be housewives and bearer of (preferably male) children.

Younger son Haider is in an unconventional arranged marriage. Wife Mumtaz works at a beauty salon, while he stays home and is uncle-parent to his nieces. Being belittled and harassed by his father for not working, he accepts a job suggested by a friend as a backup dancer - to Biba, a trans woman - while telling his family that the job is a theater manager. As someone who has never left his home city of Lahore, he falls in love with this more-worldly woman, and his late-night "work" has his wife suspicious.

By western standards, the production values are erratic, and I may have missed some minor plot points due to that. The acting is believable, and the depiction of life is good (I liked the scene in the "women's car" on mass transit.) The film is daring in the subject matter of trans folk and non-traditional sexuality. I saw this at the Toronto International Film Festival, where in the Q A the director admitted difficulty in casting Haider, when some actors turned down the role after learning of the story. The title, incidentally, refers not just to the amusement park that plays a minor role, but also to people trying to find their place of happiness.

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4 Comments

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NullLinux July 08, 2023 at 05:46 pm

Support freedom, support marrying who you love!

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mativera July 08, 2023 at 05:33 pm

spanish subtitles please!

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quentintarantado July 08, 2023 at 05:29 pm

This was in 2022. There are subs at Opensubtitles dot org

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malik02 July 08, 2023 at 05:28 pm

i'm from pakistan. if anyone tries to have a gay marriage we'll kill him. simple