‘Let’s bring the Oscar home’: Celebrities congratulate team Joyland on govt’s decision to clear the film for release

‘Let’s bring the Oscar home’: Celebrities congratulate team Joyland on govt’s decision to clear the film for release

Sajal Aly and Mariyum Nafees congratulated the team while Nadia Afgan thanked those who made it possible.
17 Nov, 2022

Four days after it declared Joyland ‘uncertified’, the federal government has decided to clear the film for release. Celebrities have taken to different mediums to celebrate the decision, while Osman Khalid Butt and Yasir Hussain have questions for the censor board that declared the film “uncertified” in the first place.

On Wednesday, head of the Prime Minister’s Strategic Reforms, Salman Sufi tweeted, “The film Joyland has been cleared for release by the censor board review committee formed at the direction of PM Shehbaz Sharif. Freedom of speech is fundamental right and should be nourished within ambits of the law.”

Taking the news to her Instagram story, Aly congratulated the whole Joyland team and said, “let’s bring the Oscar home!”

Chupke Chupke actor Butt tweeted that he hopes that there is a proper investigation as to “how and why there was an attempt to ban an already-certified, board approved film” in the first place.

He said one either trusts the censor boards, overhauls the system or introduce a proper rating system for the films than simply making a decision based of supposed “written complaints” received about a film.

Actor Nafees announced that Joyland cleared for release with a celebratory emoji and said those who don’t want to watch it mustn’t, with the hashtag #okaythanksbye.

“Grateful to everyone who made it possible. Thank you people,” wrote Afgan with a post by Leftistan 2.0 on Instagram announcing the news about the film’s release.

Actor Hussain directed his post at the censor board and wrote, “you can only be part of story, but, you can’t stop a story. It starts to yell if it won’t find a room to tell itself.”

On Saturday, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan of the JI shared a copy of the notice dated November 11, that read that the Central Board of Film Censors Islamabad granted the censor certificate on August 17 this year. However, after receiving complaints that “the film contains highly objectionable material which do not conform with the social values and moral standards of our society and is clearly repugnant to the norms of ’decency and morality; as laid down in Section 9 of the Motion Picture Ordinance, 1979,” the federal government declared Joyland “uncertified”.

Multiple celebrities rallied behind writer-director Saim Sadiq of Joyland for the film’s release, demanding the censor board and government to reconsider their decision.

Joyland been 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 Sarwat Gilani, Sania Saeed, Sohail Sameer and Salmaan Peerzada.


Anwar Nov 17, 2022 04:06pm
Probably the only good thing that has happened since PDM.
Ali Nov 17, 2022 04:19pm
This is not a moment to celebrate but to contemplate. If we can not uphold and celebrate our own value system then we have forgotten who we are and, indeed, how to live.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Nov 17, 2022 04:29pm
Oscar? What Oscar?
Truth be told Nov 17, 2022 05:25pm
Huge mistake.
KA Nov 17, 2022 05:31pm
Waye Nakami! Mataa-e-Karwan Jata Raha Karwan Ke Dil Se Ehsas-e-Ziyan Jata Raha
Zia Nov 17, 2022 05:33pm
Eastern artists , you have not seen real consequences- following west is your norm , you don’t know when these LGBQT people are on death bed with multiple severe non curable illnesses . Why you are adamant promoting culture of promiscuity
someguy Nov 17, 2022 05:49pm
Is it a coincidence that the West only promotes and nominates debauchery from Pakistan and other Islamic countries? How about a movie that depicts good Islamic values, will that ever be nominated for no matter how good the "cinematography and screenplay" ? It's all about tribalism and promoting their filth. Lets not kid ourselves.
BeTolerant Nov 17, 2022 07:44pm
If they win the Oscar, it would be a slap on the face of PTI led Punjab government who uncertified it, going against Federal government certification.
M. Saeed Nov 17, 2022 08:25pm
But, Punjab Government has taken it's U-turn on the federal Government's re-certifying the film?
M. Saeed Nov 17, 2022 08:27pm
@Anwar but, Punjab has taken a u-turn on PDM's good thing!
M. Saeed Nov 17, 2022 08:31pm
@KA but, Perverz (Punjab) Ellahi has mended the Ehsaas e Ziyaan by immediately reintroducing the ban, lifted by the Federal Government!
Abid Changezi Nov 17, 2022 09:04pm
Good news . The mindset which has already failed in KSA, Afghanistan & Iran must not be allowed to ruin Pakistan .
Orval Nov 18, 2022 01:00am
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arman Nov 18, 2022 01:25am
Its great publicity for the movie, banning the movie than clearing the movie for release may be one of the reason many will flock to theaters just to find out what was so objectionable that it was not appropriate for Pakistani conservative audience.
Shahnawaz Nov 18, 2022 09:15am
@Anwar but sadly the pti Govt in Punjab has banned it in Punjab province. Now when will we hear good news from there.