Contrary to the title, Saim Sadiq’s debut work Joyland is about struggling with gender identities and unquenchable desires in a conventional society. This heart-breaking drama of a conservative family belongs to the exceptional kind of cinema that sews craft with content. This poignant tale contains such intrigue that the viewers feel glued to the aching narrative until the very last minutes of the movie. The storyline follows three men protagonists from a damaged family, and four women characters, including a transgender woman. The story takes a turn when Haider, one of the main characters, falls in love with Biba, a transgender woman, causing him to experience significant changes. This review discusses some heart-breaking scenes which make the viewers question who the real villain in Pakistani society might be.

Author Biography

Dr. Salma Javed is an Assistant Professor at Al-Barkaat College of Graduate Studies, Aligarh, India. She has completed her Ph.D. from the Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. She is the recipient of the Innovative Research Developers and Publishers “Best Researcher National Award.” Her previous publications have been published in Scopus-indexed journals and peer-reviewed refereed journals. She can be reached at salmajaved08@gmail.com.