Singer and music producer Abdullah Siddiqui is, without doubt, a Go-getter! After making his mark in the industry as the associate producer for the fourteenth instalment of Coke Studio this year, it was revealed that the 22 year old also produced music for Saim Sadiq’s feature film, Joyland. The film will have its world premiere at the 75th anniversary of Cannes Film Festival this year.
After the news broke out about the film’s selection at the annual festival, Siddiqui took to Instagram to share his joy over being a part of “the first Pakistani film ever to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival”. Grateful and elated, he wrote, “I’ve always wanted to do the music for a film but I never thought I’d be lucky enough to get to do the music for what is (a) I think the best Pakistani film ever and (b) the first Pakistani film ever to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.”
He also went on to praise the maestro behind the film. “Saim Sadiq you are a once-in-a-generation genius and I cannot thank you enough for letting me be a part of your masterpiece,” wrote Siddiqui.
On April 21, Sadiq also took to the media sharing app with the first poster from the film and revealed the cast and crew behind the feature. Produced by Sarmad Khoosat, Apoorva Guru Charan and Lauren Mann, Joyland stars Sarwat Gilani, Salman Peerzada, Sania Saeed, Ali Junejo, Alina Khan and Rasti Farooq.
According to Variety, Joyland is the tale of sexual revolution in a patriarchal family that yearn for the birth of a baby boy. While the family wishes for boys to carry on their family line, the youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for a transsexual star.
Sadiq has previously won an award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival for his film Darling.