“Joyland is about the kind of pressures women go through in society, it’s not only about trans woman”: Sarwat Gilani
Recently, actor Sarwat Gilani appeared in an interview where she talked about her recent internationally acknowledged film Joyland and the misconceptions people have about the film.
Sarwat Gilani is one of the finest actresses in Pakistan. From playing great roles in Pakistan television to performing powerful roles which are getting recognised at the international level, Sarwat is pushing all the boundaries as an artist.
During an interview, Sarwat started talking about the topic of the film Joyland and made it clear that it is not only based on a trans woman but also represented every sort of woman and the pressures they faced in our society.
She stated, “the transgender topic is only a part of the film Joyland. The majority of the film talks about the pressures women have in our society. It is a story of a small house of Gawal mandi in which trans is only a character in the film, it’s not the complete film topic but like we are touching upon every sort of woman then trance is also a woman so here we are telling a story about different sorts of women”.
While talking about the release of Joyland in Pakistan, Sarwat said, “I hope the film will be clear by censor board because it has no such scenes which need to censored”.
Then she also talked about her and team Joyland experience of going to Cannes. She told, “Going to Cannes was a dream for the team Joyland. we all represented Pakistan by wearing traditional attire by Pakistan designers. But still, some people pull our legs because we as a nation love to criticise. Across the border, the whole nation praises their stars on all levels because of nationalism but unfortunately it is missing in Pakistan”.
On asking about the Pakistanis’ perception that they think such topics got recognised on international levels easily and Joyland misrepresent Pakistan, Sarwat said, “It’s a double standard of our people. They say we will not see the series Churails because women are shown bold in it but they will see when a woman slap in our TV dramas. They say we will not talk about trans woman on an international platform but in Pakistan, we make fun of them by using them as funny characters but not showing them as a respectful part of society. Why you are right and we are wrong”.
“Trans woman goes through a lot. They need more respect and exposure. They need to be more recognised, more accepted, and more elevated in our society. They are not aliens”, the actress concluded.