Plea filed against Joyland screening.

LAHORE -- A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court against the exhibition of film 'Joyland'.

Mian Bilal, a resident of Lahore, filed the petition through his counsel Abid Hussain Khichi and arrayed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Pakistan Media Development Authority, Central Film Censor Board, Punjab Film Censor Board, film's director Saim Sadiq and others as the respondents.

The petitioner contends that the respondent directed 'Joyland' containing 'objectionable' material which does not conform to the social values and moral standards of the country.

He alleges that the theme and story of the film is based upon love and relation of a man with a transperson, having sexual and physical contact.

He submits that in film language, it is said that the art based upon expressions or words always speaks to the audience, and as the movie is showing physical relationship between a male and a transperson, therefore, in view of the saying the art played through the movie must have shocking effects upon society.

The petitioner contends that the Constitution provides for freedom of speech and expression, but the same is subject to...

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