Pakistani actress Sajal Aly is happy over the release of Saim Sadiq’s movie Joyland after receiving clearance by the censor board of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister’s cabinet committee reviewed the movie after it was banned by the board over “highly objectionable content”.

Following the assessment, the board permitted the release of Joyland in cinemas across Pakistan after deleting some parts from the movie.

As soon as the decision was out, Aly took to Instagram story and re-shared a movie’s cover posted by Sadiq, revealing her desire to bring Oscars “home”.

“Congratulations to the whole team,” she wrote.

The Mom star remarked, “Let’s bring the Oscar home!”

Saim Sadiq

For the unversed, the movie made its debut at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and earned the Jury prize.

Later, the movie was also premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and the American Film Institute Festival.

It is pertinent to mention that this movie is reportedly Pakistan’s first entry to the Oscars next year. 

Celebrities, many of whom had been rallying for the film with the hashtag “Release Joyland” against a barrage of “Ban Joyland” fanatics, are relieved that the government took necessary steps to allow the film – that has made Pakistan proud world over – to be released.

Singer Ali Sethi shared the good news on his Insta Story with trophy emojis. Hira Mani tagged Saim to exclaim, “Yay, finally! I am so happy for you and the cast.” Actor Adnan Malik shared the news report too with a big “Yes!”

Grammy winning singer Arooj Aftab also lauded the reversal with fire emojis while veteran actor Simi Raheal shared the news with a “Let’s go, movie night!” remark. “Grateful to everyone who made it possible, thank you,” wrote Nadia Afgan in an Instagram Story. “Joyland cleared for release. Now whoever doesn’t want to watch it, don’t watch it!” asserted Mariyam Nafees.


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