BOL, movie review.


REVIEW:

Based on the domestic life of a lower class family living in Lahore, Shoaib Mansoor’s “BOL” beautifully showed the picture of oppressed women living in a family headed by a chauvinist, egoist, grouchy, the only bread-winner, an indigenous Hakeem, father of seven daughters and one more but trapped in a boy skin Saifee (eunuch), whose role becomes harbinger for the climax, has much for nearly everyone to relate it to their lives. It has a heart wrenching story.

The entire story unveils in a flashback mode as Zainab (Humaima Malik) eldest among the daughters of Hakeem, narrates her story to the media, a minute before her execution . Hakeem business is impeded by  shift in a trend of countrymen, consulting doctors for treatment instead of Hakeem. Income diminishing day by day leaves him and his brood from hands to mouth which utterly induces him to look for alternatives but he never allows his daughters to work. The film also throws light on the role of male dominant society and catapults the injustice they do, who even usurps the right of women to choose a life partner with her own consent but the film primarily objects to the idea of reproducing human beings into this world (blinded by faith and self-centered intentions) without taking complete responsibility of their basic necessities of life. The upbringing of Saifee amidst his/her sisters, and isolated life, defined to walls of home, negligence showed by his/her father for Saifee does not have a defined sex and the fate he/she meets is spine chilling

As the story continues we see only Zainab among the daughters of Hakeem  is courageous enough to speak for their rights and argues her father for his wrong concepts and beliefs. The two are often seen arguing about fate and their choice of changing it with their free acts. Hakeem time and again scolds her for he thinks what she says about family planning and limited free will granted by our Creator is an open heresy. Hakeem each unwise move pitches another tower of trouble for himself and his brood, leaving him penniless and you hate him for his condition and atrocities he does to his family. But at times you take pity on Hakeem, an old bearded man, as circumstances compels him to do immoral to keep his honor.

Zainab younger sister Mahira Khan forges friendship with her neighbor, Mustafa, (Atif) in their childhood and when they get mature, they wish to marry each other.  The movie has twists and turn and one cannot predict the story.  Shoaib Mansoor, famous for his script writing showed a great work of art in the movie. Keeping the legacy of “Khuda ke lye”, he gave his best shot once again. Dialogues of the movie are terse,  but carry volume of strong emotions and facts so vivid even understood by an average person, explaining things in a light never examined before.

The film is very real and one forgets for a moment he is watching a movie.  There are comic scenes and dialogues truly different from the bollywood cliché and the current cheap comedy which is usually inclined more towards vulgarity. The shift between humor and sensational scenes is exceptional followed in a rhythm and does not disturb the gravity and plots of the story. At times I found the audience in cinema bursting into laughter and in the next moment wiping out tears from their eyes (mostly women and few men). The music of the movies is soft, sweet, lively and lingers in your mind for long time,melodious enough to stir the soul and completely meeting the demand of the movie.  Atif and Hadiqa duo “Hona tha pyaar” is excepyional. Sajjad Ali “Din Pareeshan hai” perfectly synchronizes the plot of the story where the song starts and no other could have sung it better than him. Hats off and  applause to Shoaib Mansoor choice of selecting cast and place to shoot the film. Every actor did justice to their role and performed it in the best way but Atif acting was average. Better he stick to singing. Humaima Malik, in her début has given what was required on her part as she was the central character of the movie. Her acting added a silver outline to the movie.

i will not deny this movie has complicated stuff and it needs a discerning audience besides a company of adults for minors owing to controversial issues being discussed in the movie and that too out of context in few plots, vulnerable and few concepts can even misguide ..the director gave the viewers only a stimulus and has let them choose their own response to it, not giving it in the end of movie himself and maybe this is why it got mix views in Pak, besides other reason second of which among them is, it questioned the pre-existing doctrines of fate and our choice of changing it. i am not going to discuss every bit of it but the central idea, which i already mentioned which the movie objected is something i will call enlightenment.

The movie ends with an epilogue,not only conveying a message straight to audience mind but putting up a strong question and generating stimulus in them. “BOL” is another indefatigable effort of Shoaib Mansoor in revival of moribund Pakistani film industry. Let’s wait and see who gives another infallible production to bolster our film industry. So what are you waiting for, grab a ticket and watch for yourself this spectacular work of art . Its time to say be Pakistani and not only buy Pakistani but see Pakistani as well.

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18 responses to “BOL, movie review.

  1. You’ve written your review well. I watched the movie-and quite frankly-consider it a waste of money and time. The movie has been crammed with too many issues, intermingling with a weak story line. The only person who can be faintly referred to as a good actor/actress is humaima. Other than that, the much publicized Atif Aslam doesn’t do much to help, except to show that he has good dental hygiene.
    From ” khuda kay leye” to Bol. Disappointing indeed.
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    • i will not deny this movie has complicated stuff and it needs a discerning audience besides a company of adults for minors owing to controversial issues being discussed in the movie and that too out of context in few plots. Agreed to what you said about Atif. :)i wanted to write about the story line but the review lost its course for that the attempted message this movie tried to convey and merits of the movie gave me a good vibe enough which subsided the demerits not as a function i am biased over this movie but naturally, when i had begun to pen it down. the director gave the viewers only a stimulus and has let them choose their own response to it, not giving it in the end of movie himself and maybe this is why it got mix views in Pak, besides other reason second of which among them is, it questioned the pre-existing doctrines of fate and our choice of changing it. and yeah no wonder humaima did a great job. i truly admired her acting.

  2. I’ve read quite a lot of professional reviews of many movies on IMDB.com (internet movie database) and rottentomatos.com which are argubly the most trusted websites for movies and tv dramas ratings etc… Reading your review, one cannot tell that its your 1st one! The choice of precise words to define and explain a point is exquisite… U seem to be a seasoned reviewer and critic… Great effort… Thubs up..

  3. Tough vocabulary! 🙂
    But a good(very good) review. I have not watched the film but I would like to appreciate Shoaib Mansoor. The guy has been consistently creating excellent work, for almost 2 decades, from ‘vital signs’ to ’50/50′ to ‘Alpha Bravo Charlie’ to I don’t know what.
    Keep it up and I liked your attitude of running away from the Daewoo ticket line to the Cinepax ticket line.

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  5. i saw it…and it wasnt very good. i mean why are most paki movies so ‘liberal’ types..its jus a weird plot. stuff i dont like to watch…eh. anyway nice review

    • did you watch it till the end and with english subtitles( since it is in urdu)? Mostly Pake movies are bent on cliches like one hero fighting villian and his dozens of adherents. I found this one different though i know it is intense but projects reality. Yes true that such cases are rare and one swallow does not make summer.

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