Actor Alina Khan, who ran away from home at the age of 11, has finally found joy in life – thanks to the great success of Joyland. He left home at a young age to avoid the emotional and physical abuse he faced for being a Trans child.
In an interview with Marie Claire, The actor opened up about his childhood and how people questioned his identity as he explored himself. “People kept asking why I was there. At that time, I couldn’t find a way to show that this wasn’t something I was doing on purpose and it wasn’t something I did,” he said. “I was alone. Enough. There are no words to express this or no understanding of who I am or the identity that I have.”
More than ten years later, it was Joyland’s director Saim Sadiq’s faith in his acting skills and the films he made (Dear and Joyland) gave him the tools to express his reality and bridge that gap. “If I had seen something like Joyland growing up, it would have answered a lot of questions for me about myself, about my identity,” he said.
“More than [my acting] it means something to other people, more importantly what being a Pakistani trans woman filmmaker means to me. Because I am the only one who can look at my own life and see how difficult and difficult I have been. I put a lot of value on what I got in life and how I did it, in a way, in a situation.
Khan revealed that the film also changed the mindset of his family. But the ban on the spectacle in Lahore prevented his family from watching Joylandthey have followed his new success, even reaching out to congratulate and reconnect with him.
“All those years ago, I ran away from home with this desire to make an identity for myself and have a chance in the world and achieve great things in life,” he said. “Joyland is the reason I can now resume healthy relationships with my siblings, my family.”
In terms of his future, the main character has many big and small goals to achieve. From learning to dance to becoming an actor to continuing acting, Khan is still mulling over his options but most of all, he wants to to be able to buy a house in Pakistan.
She realizes that she can’t make enough money to survive on modeling tours because Pakistani media doesn’t have many roles for gay women but it’s considered worthwhile. keep on giving.
Khan, who was working as a dancer after running away from home, performed at an NGO where he met Joyland writer Sana Jafri, who was then working as the editor of the Sadiq’s movies. Dear.
On the scene of his signature on the film that won in Cannes, he said that Sadiq’s view of Biba and the connection to the film is his character. “It’s nice to have a character who is shown as a strong, independent person who can fight for himself and who can stick to his morals and principles,” he said. “The most important thing for Biba was to show his talent in a dignified way, and that dignified way was working in the theater. For the society to appreciate him.
Joyland, for Khan, is all about his sly but brave way to poke fun at patriarchal society and expose its toxic male stereotypes. angry. “It was very real, and it came from this world we live in. All stories [in the movie] each person reflects the truth of this world or that character or the time in which they live.
But first, he is proud to be the face that showed “an honest representation of the trans community” on screen as opposed to the caricatures that not only dominated Pakistani media but also Western news.
Khan pointed out that Sadiq is very careful about misinformation. “He would ask me how I would respond to situations – such as the scene where Biba was discriminated against on public transport, or a romantic encounter between Biba and Haider – to ensure that true story in life.”
Khan hopes to see more historical and honest stories from Pakistani directors after Joyland. “It has opened up a lot of opportunities for some of the best directors in Pakistan to be confident enough to write roles for trans people. It will also change the mindset of many types of businesses in the country.” . They will begin to look at marketers as people who can represent their brand, represent sales in the market,” he concluded.
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