Malala joins Pakistan’s Oscar submission film Joyland’s team as executive producer

Malala joins Pakistan’s Oscar submission film Joyland’s team as executive producer

The Nobel laureate has her own film and TV production company, Extracurricular Productions.
06 Oct, 2022

Joyland, an internationally acclaimed Pakistani film, is thriving with its recent Oscar nomination submission and now Nobel laureate Malala has jumped aboard as executive producer.

Director Saim Sadiq and actor Sarwat Gilani extended her a warm welcome on Instagram. “Elated to have Malala be part of team Joyland. The film is all set to have its premiere at the London Film Festival tomorrow,” wrote the Churails actor.

Malala has her own film and TV production company, Extracurricular Productions. “I am incredibly proud to support a film that proves Pakistani artists are among the best in global cinema. Joyland invites us to open our eyes to the people closest to us — to see our family members and friends as they are, not coloured by our own expectations or societal bias,” Variety quoted her saying.

The film had its world premiere at Cannes, Pakistan’s first ever entry at the festival, this year where it won the jury prize at the festival’s Un Certain Regard strand. It is currently playing at both the BFI London Film Festival, where it is competing for the Sutherland Award, which recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut, and the Busan International Film Festival, where it is in the A Window on Asian Cinema strand.

Joyland’s story primarily revolves around Junejo’s character Haider, the youngest son of a middle-class family. He secretly joins theatre as a background dancer and develops a friendship with Biba, a trans dancer struggling to make a mark in theatres. The family drama in the film emphasises the themes of “desire, secrets and empathy”.

The film has been written and directed by Sadiq and produced by Apoorva Guru Charan, Sarmad Sultan Khoosat and Lauren Mann. The film’s ensemble cast includes debutantes Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, and Rasti Farooq alongside some of Pakistan’s beloved and respected actors like Gilani, Sania Saeed, Sohail Sameer and Salmaan Peerzada.

Even though the film is releasing on November 18 in Pakistani theatres, an official trailer has yet to be released.


Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Oct 06, 2022 12:06pm
Joke of the century.
Burch Brosnan Oct 06, 2022 12:39pm
MYZ - a conspiracy in progress; wait and see!
Anonymouseee Oct 06, 2022 12:51pm
What has this puppet Malala done for the girls in Swat/NW Pakistan? What happened to all the promises? She was nothing but a western puppet.
Abbotabadi Oct 06, 2022 01:25pm
How much has she donated towards the flood victims in Pakistan? She is accumulating wealth day by day after marring a ritch business man in London
Tajammal Oct 06, 2022 03:08pm
Her father is a BIG planner.
Henchi Oct 06, 2022 03:48pm
She's following her father's footsteps who's the biggest "director" on how to financially milk the situation.
Asad Qureshi Oct 06, 2022 04:10pm
How can you be executive producer once the film has been completed and showing on the festival circuit? If by lending her name the film wins an Oscar, then it will be considered as a fix.
Jigen.m19 Oct 06, 2022 04:17pm
Self important nobody
KA Oct 06, 2022 04:35pm
The whole Oscars reputation is on stake. Even a blind, dumb and deaf can realize these double standard of the West.
Wahab UK Oct 06, 2022 04:47pm
One more completely pointless celebrity, propped up by West.
JS Oct 06, 2022 11:18pm
How can one be added as a producer after the film has already been produced and screened?