A 10-minute standing ovation for a Pakistani movie “Joyland” at the Cannes Film Festival negates the perception that there is a dearth of talent in Pakistan. Art lovers back in Pakistan are enjoying the feat in the form of screening of the first Pakistani film ever in the category of feature films at an international forum. Accolades are being bestowed upon Director Saim Sadiq and the stunning cast comprising veteran actors and young artistes for this remarkable achievement. A flurry of tweets by seasoned actors started making rounds in response to the phenomenal success of the movie while admiration received both at local and international level has given a hope that the Pakistani film industry still has a spark. The theme of the movie sheds light on deliberately ignored social issues of Pakistan like deprivations of transgender community and patriarchy. Surely, films are meant to raise awareness of real social problems so that corrective measures can be taken. To make it to the coveted Cannes Film Festival amid tough competition and claiming a victory is no mean feat for artistes from Pakistan, where the cinema industry has been under a constant crisis. The industry receives little to no support from the authorities concerned. With scanty resources, the downfall of the local cinema industry can be reverted by such achievements.
Like any other achievement, the success story of the Joyland does carry lessons for those aspirants who want to excel in their fields of interest. Talent knows no boundaries and can make wonders if one works hard and diverts energies in the right direction. Undoubtedly, it is a proud moment and a reminder to the government to patronize the industry so that more such feats could be achieved. And last but not the least, every human being has been sent into this world with certain talent irrespective of gender. There is a need to explore that particular talent and put it into work. Those who come across their talent by putting a certain degree of hard work become an example for others to follow. Surely, Mr Said Sadiq has made us proud due to his sheer talent in crafting a wonderful story and shaping it into a striking piece of art. More such youths need to be supported for demonstrating their talent at proper forums.