‘Joyland’ receives overwhelming reception at Indian film festival

At Saim Sadiq joyland made waves at the 11th edition of the prestigious Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) in India this year. Only, the shows were not filled, but there was a queue, lined up outside the room where an audience waited impatiently to finally see the winner of Cannes from Pakistan.

The achievement is a huge feat since political differences between neighboring countries have made any collaboration in the field of arts and culture almost impossible. However, thanks to DIFF, the film had its Indian premiere on November 6 and it received rave reviews.

A tweet from the official DIFF account described Joyland as “Superb. Unbelievable. Captivating. Jaw-dropping,” with a photo of a large audience marveling at Sadiq’s genius. In awe, another tweet read: “What do you even say after a movie like this Joyland?”

A film critic detailed the overwhelming environment of the room after the screening. “People were crying, we saw a lot of kissing. Saim Sadiq’s premiere in India was a momentous occasion. I’ve seen the movie twice now but was still emotionally blown away. I hope the film will get an Oscar nomination. Moment of pride for all desires.

It was reported that originally there was only one show for Joyland, but due to popular demand another show was held. “Joyland’s joy is immense at DIFF,” one user wrote, attaching a video of the long queue of Indian movie fanatics waiting to watch Joyland.

“Just look at this queue for the 5.50pm screening of Saim Sadiq’s film starring Alina Khan and Sarwat Gilani. By public demand, there may be another show tomorrow,” it read.

The news of Joyland getting an Indian premiere made many people happy, and some even expressed a desire to attend DIFF, especially for Joyland.

Another user thought DIFF was great for bringing artists closer to their audience. “Indian or Pakistani, cinema has its own unifying identity. Artists want to connect. The public wants to connect. Kudos to DIFF for being that bridge, and to all South Asian film festivals for doing this work in their cities,” he wrote. Joyland will be released in Pakistan on November 18.

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