Joyland Film- Pakistan Forbids film about trans love affair

Joyland is a 2022 Pakistani Punjabi-language Movie. written and directed by Saim Sadiq as his feature film. The actors in the film are Ali Junejo, Rasti Farooq, Alina Khan, and Sarwart Gilani. It had its first world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2022 in Un Certain Regard. Joyland is the first Pakistani film to premiere at Cannes Film Festival it also received a standing ovation after its screening, and it also won Jury Prize and Queer Palm Prize for Best LGBTQ Movie.

Joyland Release Date

The film was scheduled to be released in Pakistan on 18 November 2022. But for religious reasons Pakistani authorities banned the movie “Joyland,” a story about a man who fell in love with a transgender woman, from screening in cinemas. Pakistan’s censor board said the movie contains “highly objectionable material” and religious groups said that this movie is promoting homosexuality.

The Joyland movie is the story of a person name Haider, he is a young married man from a middle-class family in Lahore, Pakistan, who connects to an erotic dance theatre and falls in love with a transgender performer.

The Government of Pakistan has banned this movie due to force from different Islamic factions, they said its illustration of a love affair between a Tran’s woman and man is “offensive” and “highly intolerable”.


Senator of Government Pakistan Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Khan from the Jamaat-e-Islam, blamed the movie for sponsoring homosexuality, which remains prohibited in Pakistan, and also for being against Islamic Law.

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Trailer of Joyland Movie

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