Critic Rating – 4/5
Star Cast – Atif Aslam, Iman Ali, Mahira Khan, Humaima Malik, Shafqat Cheema, Manzar Sehbai, Zaib Rehman, Amr Kashmiri
Director – Shoaib Mansoor
Producer – Shoman Productions
Music Director – Atif Aslam, Shoaib Mansoor, Sajjad Ali, Sarmad Ghafoor and Ahmed Jahanzeb
Genre – Drama
Some movie makers across the globe have a larger theme in mind and therefore they surpass all international boundaries and geographies. A few years ago Shoaib Mansoor gave us Khuda Kay Liye which was such a great movie that talked about how terrorists are brainwashed in Pakistan and how the youth is misguided in the name of Allah. This was a great achievement as it was a Pakistani film talking about the hollowness in Pakistani culture. Now Shoaib Mansoor comes up with another hard hitting movie Bol which has received great response from the critics as well as the audiences. Directed by Shoaib Mansoor, the movie stars Atif Aslam, Humaima Malik, Mahira Khan, Shafqat Cheema, Manzar Sehbai, Zaib Rehman, and Amr Kashmiri.
The movie revolves around Zainub (Humaima) who is sentenced to death. However, Mustafa (Atif) advises her to share her story with the world as she is allowed to have her last wish by President of Pakistan and the story goes back into flashback. In the flashback it is revealed that during the partition period her family moves from Delhi to Lahore. She reveals that she had many sisters but her mother (Zaib) also gave birth to hermaphrodite. Since her family was already large and the financial condition of the family was not stable her father (Manzar) decided to kill the child against her mother’s wish, but finally they decide to let the child live. However, the child is never liked by the father. She reveals that she gets married but she soon gets divorced because she refuses to have child due to poor financial conditions. On the other hand, her mother keeps getting pregnant. To avoid further pregnancies Zainub convinces her mother to go through surgery which makes her father angry.
On performance level, Bol is packed with powerful performances from every single character in the film. Humaima Malik is very strong in her character and she portrays the agony of her situation and her feelings for her mother without missing any note. Atif Aslam is a good singer but he is not able to perform up to the expectations of the movie. Manzar Sehbai is outstanding in his performance and you will feel goosebumps when he is acting on screen. Technically, the movie is superb and you will love the way it has been shot. The music Atif Aslam, Shoaib Mansoor, Sajjad Ali and Ahmed Jahanzeb.
To conclude, Bol is a superb piece of art by Shoaib Mansoor that shares a lot of emotions and dares the audience to take a deeper look into the Pakistani society. It also focuses on the status of the women, the problems of living life as hermaphrodite and the struggle of males to keep giving birth to male heirs to continue their undeserving legacies. However, there are some flip sides as well like unwanted songs and slow narrative of the movie which might not appeal to all audiences across the globe. Despite, these negative points Bol emerges as a winner in sharing a bold story that is hardly highlighted.