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BOL: A review

Published Jul 04, 2011 11:20am


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Everyone, their wives, five kids and dogs have already seen the film BOL so I decided to follow suit and headed towards the only decent cinema in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The cinema was packed and the queue was long but we were lucky enough to get really good seats.

While waiting for the film to get started, I realized that just like a mosque, a cinema is a great leveler. From the elitist of the Islooites to gota kinaree wearing ladies from Haripur Hazara to Army kids from Taxilla, everyone was in queues buying popcorns.

The film opens with the president of the country in his office attending to business which shocked a few in the audience, including the lady in the next row who had some choice words about our president’s work ethics.

BOL is the story of a Hakeem Sahib in old Lahore who fathered a whopping 14 kids; of them seven daughters and a son, who is not really a son (this is an actual dialogue in the film, I did not come up with this cheesy line) survived. He is a grumpy, old man who hates everyone in his family and uses religion to control them. He is not fond of women in general and his daughters in particular, but he hates his eunuch progeny (Saifi) the most. He at least sent his daughters to school till the fifth grade but poor Saifi never leaves the house, the only people he has ever seen apart from his family, are the neighbours.

The neighbours’ have a son, played by Atif Aslam, who is sort of courting one of Hakim Sahab’s daughters on their combined rooftop with the help of their respective siblings, who for lack of any other more fulfilling activity, keep an eye and make sure that the party breaks every day before Hakim sahib makes an entrance.

The film has so many plot glitches that even when a viewer is willing to give the director a lot of room for artistic liberties, one cannot overlook them. For instance, Hakim Sahab lamented the survival of his seven daughters countless times throughout the length of the film, but the director decided to get stingy and cast just five girls to play the daughters. There is no mention if the other two girls are married or killed (because Hakim Sahab likes to kill his children when he feels like it) or have turned into ghosts because that’s what they certainly felt like.

Even though it was Atif Aslam’s character that was partly responsible for the molestation of Saifi’s character, he remained miraculously guilt free. Most medical students get a measly stipend when they start house jobs but Atif Aslam being Atif Aslam somehow hits the jackpot and buys a TV and cell phones for everyone with his first salary!

The casting was way off the mark, with exception of Humaima Malick, Manzer Sehbai and Shafqat Cheema, everyone else looked out of place. Atif Aslam is wooden and every time he says the word Baji, he sounds like a whiny, younger brother who has been banished from Baji’s room. Mrs Hakim Sahab is worth a mention too , if only to be forgiven for the numerous plastic surgeries which make her incapable of expressing any emotion at all. Hakim Sahab is dirt poor, but the girls who are cast as his daughters look stylish with their posh diction and Rs 5,000 haircuts.

Though both Hakim Sahab and Mrs Hakim Sahab are never shown to have imparted a word of wisdom to their daughters and they have no other source of getting exposure to new ideas and thoughts, their knowledge, level of awareness and confidence is mindboggling. The eldest panchvi paas daughter argues most eloquently on religion and the other panchvi paas daughter makes music, sings, dances and gets rid of her stage fright in 30 seconds straight.  The rest of the panchvi paas daughters break into graceful dances the minute Hakim Sahab steps out of the house even though they have never seen anyone dancing, you know no TV and contact with outside world and all.

Shahid Afridi’s status as the national heart throb is further solidified when it was revealed that Hakim Sahab’s panchvi paas, stay-at-home daughters idolize him. The mother who remained either pregnant or lactating for most of her adult life (14 children) and used to get regularly beaten up by Hakim Sahab also suddenly evolves the minute Hakim Sahab leaves the scene. A woman who has never cooked anything other than Daal (because they couldn’t afford anything else) turns into a gourmet chef and an entrepreneur par excellence; turning the family’s fortune around. Though irrelevant to the plot, she also starts using hair dye after making it big as a restaurant owner.

This is not to say that everything about the film was bad. Shafqat Cheema was excellent in every frame and the scene where Iman Ali switches from an Umrao Jan Ada wannabe to hardcore slangy Punjaban was carried forth with enough aplomb.

What I found most refreshing was how the film was received among the audience. The film is a three-hour-long advertisement for family planning and the virtues of having a small family are repeatedly stated, yet none of the usual suspects have called it un-Islamic. One character openly asks others to take off their hijabs, leave the four walls of the home and experience life; yet the film has not attracted any major fatwa. I know it is not much but it gives me hope for a Pakistan where people are tolerant and fatwas are hard to come by.  

Tazeen Javed has lived most of her life in Karachi; she now lives elsewhere and misses Karachi. She has worked as a journalist, teacher, salesperson, activist, tour guide, election observer, fruit vendor, copy writer and television producer in the past. She has wizened up since then and now only works for a living. She blogs at A Reluctant Mind and tweets at @tazeen


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Tazeen Javed has lived most of her life in Karachi; she now lives elsewhere and misses Karachi. She has worked as a journalist, teacher, salesperson, activist, tour guide, election observer, fruit vendor, copy writer and television producer in the past.

She has wizened up since then and now only works for a living. She tweets at @tazeen

The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Ateeq Khaliq Jul 04, 2011 04:53pm
What a critic you are Ms. Javed...U should never go for any movies made in subcontinent with your full consciousness. 'Leave your mind outside the theater, you will defiantly end up enjoying the most. you will be a Fan for the director for the rest of your life'
Immad Jul 04, 2011 05:10pm
In the larger picture and considering the nature of the movie (critical and educational), this criticism looks pretty much out of place and in bad taste!
Ranvir Jul 04, 2011 05:17pm
Population control.. a very essential message for entire south asia ( although the movie seems to convey many messages). I would like to watch this movie if i cud, however being in india it would be difficult
Usman Faz Jul 04, 2011 05:22pm
I haven't seen the movie, but liked your article perhaps I was sick of hearing/reading about Shoaib Mansoor's genuises. Atleast some can view that he is an erring human too.
G.A. Jul 04, 2011 05:26pm
Khuda Ke Liye ran in slow motion like a typical PTV drama serial and BOL sounds like it would be no different but with added depression. It's the same with Pakistani music which starts with either the slow strumming of the guitar or cat-strangling vocals and ends up sounding the same across all the bands. They refuse to learn and then blame Bollywood for the decline.
tabassum Jul 04, 2011 05:26pm
:D nice review
Syed Asad Jul 04, 2011 05:37pm
If you havent seen the movie, please dont go on this article. This is evidently written in bad taste. It doesnt represnt the movie at all. This woman is a typical example of a person who is unwilling to give credit. People who look down upon other who do something to justify themselves doing nothing. These are unhappy souls happy over nothing.
Zeeshan Gul Jul 04, 2011 06:40pm
A well narrated audience critique and very original in its expression. This was your individual view and we all should respect that. Pointless on agreeing or dis-agreeing something this subjective. As a cinema audience aspiring to see good quality home productions, i'm sure you have given much room and thoughts to the Director to wander about. Would love to hear his remarks on it while defending his product.
sami Jul 04, 2011 06:56pm
Wao! you are so good at criticizing. Why don't you make a film of your own :). Its so easy to criticize others. Don't you think Shoaib Mansoor is doing excellent work out there. Who else can you compare with him in our so called film industry.
Faiza Jul 04, 2011 07:12pm
please spare us from your critiquing any movie for i am not sure what thrashing titanic, forrest gump, sixth sense and the like would have received.
Uzi Jul 04, 2011 07:16pm
Interesting read!!
Forbidden Fruit Jul 04, 2011 07:21pm
I haven't yet watched it, just taking in all the reviews, so cannot relate much but the last paragraph is something that gives me hope. Honestly, I'm ready to forgive any and all glitches as long as a movie drums in family planning into the audiences' heads! Perhaps, family planning is the next biggest need of the hour, after secularism of course.
ad (usa) Jul 04, 2011 08:29pm
Movies should be hour and half max, three hour movie is torture unless its a epic historical. Anyway, great and funny review but I would say the story writers where just not up to their game here. Enjoyed the humorous review.
afshch Jul 04, 2011 10:59pm
To think one of the rare cinematographic efforts in our country thrives on it's flaws is disheartening. Not asking anyone to gloss over the truth but when talented individuals turn to cheap publicity in the form of a socio-political (non)expose is when it really really hurts. As if the already rampant melodramatic media wasn't enough.
Indusonian Jul 05, 2011 12:35am
Thanks, but no thanks for helping the Pak film industry by sharing the story becasue a lot of people might not go to watch after reading this!
Reza Jul 05, 2011 01:44am
Well i would say with all its follies and short commings it was still a pakistani movie worth watching as it was fast paced and didnt let you be bored.It was in short an eye opener for the general masses who have tend to adopt the ostryich approach about all these ghastly issues in our society.We first as a society have to acknowledge them only then we would be able to resolve them.Most burgers i know didnt even know such areas or people do exist and these horrible acts do happen in our very own country.
Sabbah Haji Jul 05, 2011 01:44am
What a critic you are, Ms Javed. Finding Lala Awesomeness even in the midst of agonised viewage and mindnumbingness. :) WIN only.
Adeel_Ansari Jul 05, 2011 01:54am
I never expected a Pakistani film to be without flaws but dang it, I'm going to watch this film the moment it's released in my part of the world. Shoaib Mansoor is the only one currently coming out with movies. There are others in line and I can only hope that Pakistani Cinema sees a revival soon.
A khan Jul 05, 2011 01:57am
I saw this film in the cinema and have to say it was not very good, the plot made no sense and the acting was wooden and had no passion. Sorry but I think I will stick to Bollywood and not waste my time on any more of these films.
Sami Saayer Jul 05, 2011 02:33am
Allah rehem karay
A. S Jul 05, 2011 03:10am
You are splendid in almost everything you write. Pakistan is better off for having truthful and honest and introspective people like you. Our movies will improve and it will be thanks to the voices of truth in all nations. Now it is your turn to pick up a camera and start making movies, music, everything else. This is because those who speak the truth should not merely be content with airing the raw truth without the cover and "facade" of art (movies, music etc.)
Jamal Jul 05, 2011 06:56am
Well i used to critically analyze movies of the sub-continent in the past but then i realized it is of no use as this is the way it is and still many people watch these movies and love them and in every movie weather it is from Pakistan or from India there are many glitches. So the best way is not to be a critic as it is of no use and i think our industry will evolve after sometime on it own. At present we should appreciate these efforts to revive the Pakistani Cinema rahter than be a Laughing stock at their Efforts.
Anam Jul 05, 2011 07:59am
You just proved it by your post how arrogant you are. She has just stated what she felt was out of place in the movie, just because a movie has been made in Pakistan and the director is Shoaib Mansoor does not make him any less liable of criticism.
Awami Lota Jul 05, 2011 08:51am
Excellent Review, it looks like fitting the formula, Punjabi Movie - Punjabi + Urdu + Heavy Budget + (Atif+Eman+Mahira) + (Sajjad Ali+Ahmed Jahanzeb+Hadiqa) + Shoaib Mansoor controversial Mind = BOL . Best part was the virtual appearance of Shahid Afridi, and yes allow me to dissagree with the worst analogy, "Cinema and Mosque".
Muhammad Ahmed Jul 05, 2011 09:14am
HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! I liked it. I still have not watched the movie but it still seems a pretty cut throat review. Finally someone with guts to go against the mainstream without taking an ultra left approach. I think we have limited talent and Shoaib Mansoor is doing a petty decent job of taking onto topics which are different from regular "masala" films. It is however, sad that people seem so hooked on his work that they even do not like to comment on flaws within his work. A good critique like this should allow him to be more detailed in his future projects and take care of flaws.
fairy Jul 05, 2011 09:16am
Very well written tazeen!! no wonder .. while making films, they forget to keep it close to the reality.. This analysis should be carried out people on their own too.. because it will help them in distingusihing the fiction with reality.. which obviously the subconcience mind fails to recognise! .. well written!
Omer Jul 05, 2011 09:31am
Very true Mr. Ateeq! She has nothing substantial in this review except criticism for the sake of criticism.
Syed Irfan Ali Jul 05, 2011 09:49am
What a refreshing review! This is the first review I read on BOL though too critical then also my decision to watch the movie gets firmed. Wonder why no cinema in Dubai is showing this? This was not the case with Khuda kay liyey.
sadaf Jul 05, 2011 10:04am
The film is a three-hour-long advertisement for family planning and the virtues of having a small family are repeatedly stated.... hahaha Nice one. One more thing I don’t know why shoaib mansoor directs anti Islam films although he is Christian, how can he criticize about our religion easily, people are mostly misguided about his name. He portrays islam and pakistan negatively all over the world.
Ayaz Ahmed Siddiqui Jul 05, 2011 10:20am
I think the movie was a fairly accurate representation of our societies lower middle and middle income strata. The plot was good with a concrete message throughout and maybe a little too much in the face towards the end but I don't see anything wrong with that. A movie comes to mind, Requiem For a Dream, the plot is based around the abuse of drugs and is pretty much in your face by the end of the movie I actually decided to stay clear of cigarettes for a week! Similarly this movie is trying to tell us something blatantly and the best way to do that is be as simple as possible. I don't think that the issue of the Extra Siblings, Over intelligent daughter, Great cooking matters. The movie is first of all a dramatic story which the director had to cover in a limited time, attention to minute detail is more suited to series or television and secondly, the films objective is to convey a message and show some ground realities which I think they have achieved. However Atif Aslam I agree is not a very good actor and should stick to just singing that's what he does best my bet is he was taken to give the film appeal which is fine seeing the state of our local cinema. The only thing I don't like about this film is the three hours of domestic abuse and overall gloomy feel. In this regard the character of 'Women Trader' (I don't know how to be politically correct on this forum) was the most lively of the bunch and it kept the entire audience entertained in Karachi. But I expected more original songs from Atif Aslam. Overall, if Khuda Kay Lieye was a 7.5/10 , then Bol is a 6.5/10. But I will still watch original Paki flicks no matter what so well done Shoaib Mansoor , keep em comin'
moazzam sheikh Jul 05, 2011 10:41am
good critical eye!
Hera Khan Jul 05, 2011 10:53am
Hey Tazeen,it was one of the most finest article i have ever seen,hehehe trust me..!! u really did a great job.. A good critique..!!
Rehan Jul 05, 2011 11:06am
What is so wrong with "Fatwas" ???
The White Stripe in Jul 05, 2011 11:08am
Just a comment, but why is that anything termed 'Anti-Islam' is automatically termed 'Christian' as well
Xeeali Jul 05, 2011 11:11am
What we need in Pakistan is entertainment. Its good that BOL type of movies are made on social subjects but what we need most is the entertainment and Shoaib Mansoor is very good on these subject. Maybe its better to watch 'Takay ki aaye ge Baraat' at least it relieves stress and bring smiles on everyones face.
Raheel Ahmed Jul 05, 2011 11:22am
I don't follow urdu/hindi cinema as such.. but went for this movie.. Coz "IT'S OURS" The points raised by Execept for Atif's guilt point other points raised by Ms.Tazeen are valid but not good enough to have any material impact. Allow me to add value to Review; NEGATIVES first: The mujra and that incest thing related to Iman were bogus and dragged the movie away from the actual plot. POSITIVES: The movie, the quality (as compared to other PAK movies) the effort (being brave enough to come up with such topics) is commendable and we should support such a cinema! A ray of Hope!
zainab Jul 05, 2011 11:26am
quite a nasty and elitist review. it was a third world country production ms tazeen, there are films with much bigger glitches but since they are made by hollywood and bollywood so u wudnt be so sarcastic about them. the look of all the 5 girls was quite plain and none of them looked as if they had 5000 rupee haircuts such a shameful and biased review.
Fahad Hafeez Jul 05, 2011 11:45am
Keep expecting original songs from Atif Aslam...its not happening! lol
Lubna Jul 05, 2011 11:47am
100 % agreed with Ateeq, it was just criticism for the sake of criticism. I personally found the movie to be quite enjoyable.
Waheed Iqbal Jul 05, 2011 11:49am
BOL is a continuation of Khuda ke Liye. These ideas for these movies are conceived and funding is provided by certain elements with certain goals. These movies are aimed at propagating that religion (and the people practicing it) are bad (hypocrite); parda is bad while music, free mixing of men and women, and their love affairs are good, and symbol of freedom.
Adeel Jul 05, 2011 12:00pm
i havent seen the movie neither do i plan to watch it. bt wht the story sounds like is another movie for the liberals i guess who believe hijab is wrong and being part of islamic faith means to be backward. Amzing such movies do really well in the Islamic republic of Pakistan:) newys the review ws f9 except the author compares the masjid to a cinema which should not be acceptable bt anyhow its pakistan the wannabe crowd can do anything to show how 'western' they are:)
haq nawaz Jul 05, 2011 12:18pm
only shoaib mansoor has the potential to raise the issues which are very near to reality in this male chauvinist society, where religion is used as a tool to blackmail others. plz accept the realities, change the society....
tabassum afaq Jul 05, 2011 12:26pm
The film was really awsome. It is the true picture of majority of pakistanis.Although it is the problem which is addressed so many times but it is looking new due to to the unique style of Shoaib Mansoor. I think we should promote and encourage our own people.
Ali Ghauri Jul 05, 2011 12:32pm
I find this article hilarious!!! do some more reviews on malwari movies...probably you can do it better...
Life Jul 05, 2011 12:35pm
For a long period of time media is trying to change our thoughts. Our thoughts are changing but the things are not changing.
Irfan Jul 05, 2011 12:52pm
Adeel, If you are carefeul in reading what the writer mentioned about Masjid is a place where all parts of society can come along and mix with eachother without any difference between different grades of life or wealth.
Irfan Jul 05, 2011 12:56pm
I cant understand why you're calling Shoaib Mansoor a christian - and attacking your religion? Do you know blaming someone particularly about his/her faith is one of the biggest sin.... what would you think if somebody call you ignorant or un-islamic because of something you do?
Mahamness Jul 05, 2011 12:57pm
Well, for someone who hasn't watched the movie as yet, this gives a fairly adequate review ....... but nothing about the music?? How did that fit into the whole story? Good/bad, anything?? & YES, nobody is beyond criticism, be it ShoMan or anyone else. Btw, who said he was a Christian? Why do people blame other without substantiating them with any proof?
Asma Jul 05, 2011 01:05pm
The review shows Tazeen Javed is really missing Karachi. I wish she could read more about films and how to write reviews before trying her hands at this level. Film is larger than life. It shows a newborn becoming an adult in two scenes. You can very well object, " yeh tou nahe ho sakta.....hahaha.
Ateeq Khaliq Jul 05, 2011 01:17pm
Ms. Anam... If iam not wrong, i never commented something having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance. AND also i dint mentioned about some Tom,Dick and Harry,So stop blaming abt my arrogance. anyways, congratulations if you liked Ms Javed's 'Bol'. but it could be represented better. Watch out your words lady!
sm roofi Jul 05, 2011 01:54pm
in my point of view, the movie has some realistic touches of our society. but there are also some shots which are away from reality as the writer has mentioned. parents should treat equally with their children because girl and boy both are ALLAH S givings. the best way of nourshing the children, we can get from Quranic teachings. we have a society in which girls are not fully supported as the boys are. in islam no discrimination is mentioned in the matter of girl and boy then why we are going against islamic values. we should be clear in our doings because one day we will be questioned.
Awami Lota Jul 05, 2011 01:54pm
If you are careful in observing Irfan, Cinema can't be compared to Masjid, as Cinemas are categorize on many levels, from family to Bachelors, from Upper Class to Lower Class. Most of the Lower Class people can't afford to go to Upper Class's cinema. And rich don't want to be the part of some lower class C grade Cinema. This isn't the case with Masjid. I hope you get the point. Apart of this, comparing Masjid to Cinema, is within itself, an insult to Masjid. Masjid is considered to be the home of Allah, and all know. Peace!
sheryaar Jul 05, 2011 02:04pm
well already our country is facing so much trouble and Muslims all over the world are facing hardships and these type of movies can be compared only as "putting salt on wounds"... surprised to see that people enjoyed the movie but the story i just read only shows the negative impact of our religion... how many people we know are like hakib sahab .. only handful but how many people are being portrayed like hakim sahab.. i guess all religious figure... now all u guys tell me whether its a good impact of our culture or bad....further more the kind of nation we are becoming influenced by western media is only dragging us to the bad path only.. at least anyone whether Muslim or christian etc should realize and accept the fact that if saying wrong is right, it does make it right.. be brave and accept that these movies will further damage our image in international society.. the same subject can be made showing Muslims are peace loving people and could have portrayed the true version of Islam so that internationally people could see and learn about Muslims...
Akber Jul 05, 2011 02:16pm
Adeel if you haven't seen the movie and do not plan to see it either than its useless to comment on it as well and making obviously wrong assumptions out of second hand review.
Shoaib Jul 05, 2011 02:36pm
Had Shoaib Mansoor any other issue to criticize except the religion. For his information there are so many other issues to highlight if he lives on earth. He is on wrong track.
Ezzu Jul 05, 2011 02:46pm
Finally, someone pointed out something very true.....nice Waleed
Rashid Jul 05, 2011 03:07pm
The author is hilarious especially "their posh diction and Rs 5,000 haircuts" & "an Umrao Jan Ada wannabe to hardcore slangy Punjaban".rofl
abhi Jul 05, 2011 03:28pm
You got it right bro! Progressive pakistani like you are the reason for hope.
Zuhair Jul 05, 2011 03:37pm
Irfan, if you read it carefully, you'll find Adeel had pointed in the right direction, as the writer not only disgracefully compares Masjid with cinema in context of it being a centrum where people of different values and social levels come together but also shrewdly diluting the fact that in Masjid for e.g. good virtues and with the call of Azaan, Muslims gather to pray to the Almighty ALLAH, with no intent to seek pleasure and entertainment from one-side of the coin. If all of 'Us' take time to read the Holy Quran and the books of Ahadith, you'll find Islam is the only religion which has given more respect, Rights and Protection to Women than to Men. One more thing, Cinema influxes mixing of genders 'who watch on screen' their opposite genders which they as Muslims are not allowed to do so on basis of Islamic principles. Not in Masjid nor in any other public place. Without Doubt, Islam as a Religion and Deen that caters, nourishes and protects the rights and well-being of each and every Muslim. So who am i to object about Hijab and other acts which The Best Planner - ALLAH Almighty has commanded us to do. You'll find dramas and movies such as bol and others where bearded men are tyrants and realities are corkscrewed to an extent to show Practicing Muslim Society and society as a whole when practices religion then leads to embracing negativity in life. Wow! Are we that naive people???
Insaneguy Jul 05, 2011 03:42pm
"like a mosque, a cinema is a great leveler".... For your information women are not allowed to offer prayers alongside with men. So mosques are no levelers. Pls get the fact right before writing articles.
Pandit kalicharan Jul 05, 2011 04:09pm
The movie is rubbish. I think they should make remakes of hit movies of bollywood. Ram Ram
Intelektual Jul 05, 2011 04:23pm
This review is basically a reaction of a well to do optimistic person who is not ready to pass the crude picturisation of reality for the same. Her mind is working in rejection and looking for loop holes and weaknesses to substantiate her disbelief instead of looking at the grand cinematic effect and a remarkable devotion to cause; she is working mechanically and using humor to further discredit the "Superb hard hitting in the face real" effect this movie actually has. Most of the faults the writer fathoms are imaginative and her personal demands. Why the director needs to justifice the absence of two girls when its not related to the story and me thinks the 5000 haircut is based on her personal experiance of a really expensive bad hairdo. Yes Atif is the weakest link as far as acting is concerned and that is the reason he is not given complex dialouges or asked to portray complex emotion; but his presence is still magnaneous for 10 of millions of his fans and he is the reson so many went to cinemas for the first time.
parvez Jul 05, 2011 04:53pm
Its a good film. Every piece of art has some glitches which must be overlooked for the sake of overall impact.
Khuram Jul 05, 2011 05:50pm
A good movie with a relatively logical and relevant story, but presented very badly. will not improve anything but will damage and break the society more. SM could present the same if he assume/ consider the fact that the families having no brother or a brother like mentioned in the movie are also living in this society and will be affected by ........ His(SM) movie presented,just his anger towards molvis and ppl abusing the Islam, he do not care about the people happily living along with following their traditions and religion. Although, the movie was based on the facts but he just made ppl to laugh on the issues mentioned and on the families suffering from mentioned issues. In nutshell, he just presented a side of coin and made fun out of it. One should be careful about the dialogs being played about the most sensitive issues of the society. Thanks
Abdul Sami Jul 06, 2011 02:48am
This movie is Director's point if view to certin issues. You have a right to agree or disagree with him. I Don't believe there is any funding provided to promote his cause. I think we should refrain making such claims without any proof. Respect the others point of view so your view can be respected too.
abdul Sami Jul 06, 2011 03:02am
What a childish response, blaming Director for portraying negatively. What about all the daily killing of innocent people of Pakistan, support of terrorism, bribes culture And everything in between. What kind of message we are sending to rest of the world?
Zeeshan Jul 06, 2011 06:59am
first thing first, Tazeen has reviewed very well but i want to "BOL" against "BOL" This flick gained laughter and clapping every time a character delivered SHOMAN'S dialogue that directly hit the religion and it's followers. It only covers the Shoaib Mansoor's version of Islam and Pakistan. In this fragile time when this nation needs a quality drama that could connect our missing parts he produces such a ridiculous stuff that will involve us in another hot debate. I recon involving religion and showing it in such a bad way would not bring positive results except creating more space among us.
sameen Jul 06, 2011 10:01am
well reviwed tazeen! story was all dragged...i didnt expect this from shoaib mansoor....there were many voids in the movie..just before the interval when hakeem killed his son.humamia reaction was all weird..rather then naturally reacting on his brother's murder(as it was shown she was the one who loved him the most) she goes into some dragged discussion with her atif aslam though studying medicines was presented as a part of ritual..he didnt react about anything like saifoo's molestation and death..mahira khan who has never seen the outer world is going out and singing in the concert was all rubbish..and the role of hakeem was all one side he is very religious and at the other hand he marries a prostitute ...though movie was a bit empty and looked with full of voids...songs placement was at total weird places...interms of acting humaima malik,shafqat cheema, hakeeem sb and saifoo did the great job in particular the rest of the cast did good in general...cinematography was good! but for shoaib mansoor i would like to say that khudha kai liyay was better it seemed complete...but bol i think was a bit wired in terms of storyline and it was more of a dragged piece...
Ayesha Jul 07, 2011 05:21am
While I have yet to view the film, the review appears fraught with superficial criticism and biases. The reviewer has filtered the movie through an elitist, realist lens, giving almost neglectful space to its strengths. Why cant a fifth grade educated girl from a lower middle class household be eloquent and worldly wise? Do they only teach that in school? Why do we have to see a parade of seven girls because they are seven sisters? Why is credit given by her to the director/producer for tackling a topic such as persecution of boys who deviate from a customised view of their gender and sexuality? The movie might not be a literary masterpiece or social commentary, but I expected a better calibre review from Dawn.
M.Hyder Jul 07, 2011 12:31pm
The author did not literally mean a Mosque. Surely women are not allowed to pray alongside men, due to Mehram and Non-Mehram. But women do pray in mosques. If they don't do so in our country, that doesn't mean they don't do so in other countries. Majid al-Haram and Masjid Nabvi are the two biggest examples, where women, men and children of all ages, of all statues, of all ranks pray together!
Rahim Jul 07, 2011 04:51pm
really nice review Tazeen!
Yasser Jul 08, 2011 03:19pm
Nice review but i think its way too harsh and critical. yes there are a few glitches in the movie...such as atif aslam's character not taking any blame or showing any guilt when saifu was molested, mahira khan's character becoming a pop star etc. but the rest of the movie was very well made and the core issue that shoaib mansoor wanted to highlight was how wrong application and lack of education has led the people to create their own version of islam. as someone commented that the hakeem was confused where he practised religion but married a prostitute, but the concept that was being highlighted was how people use religion to their advantage and apply it in the most biased manner. the hakeem asks everyone to pray but he curses his children, kills his son and hits his wife and daughters...everything is against the teachings of islam and somehow islamic rules dont apply in such circumstances. that aspect isnt a flaw in the movie, but this is what actually happens in our country.
Faisal Jul 08, 2011 05:43pm
A very poor review from Tazeen and its way too critical .. and i agree with yaseer
Khadija Jul 09, 2011 08:00pm
It is sad to see how easy it is for people to criticize one's work... i do admit that the movie has been made for the public and therefore subject to criticism but I see no one highlighting the fact that the movie is a hundred times better than our usual lollywood movies... since khuda kay liye this is the second time most of us would step in to a cinema to watch a Pakistani movie... I for one loved it and I would want SM to make more movies...
Tahira Jul 09, 2011 08:04pm
I think the movie was very logical and provided an avenue for those of us who seek to challenge this mullah-inspired-bigoted version of Islam our society is engulfing into... Atleast those who watched the movie may go home and think and ponder over their beliefs for a while... This would be an achievement enough in my view... It is about time we start using our heads and leave our morality obsessed judgmental thinking behind...
Fridgerack A Jul 09, 2011 08:43pm
Tch tch.. not good tazeen not good! First of all you have got to realize you are not reviewing the latest James Cameron film for the New York times. You are reviewing a Pakistani film in an age where the industry is pretty much dead and gone.. so context and a little leniency are in order Secondly a basic rule of reviewing is you judge a movie to the extent that it accomplishes what it originally set out to.. You do not focus on details that though distracting do not necessarily destroy a movie.. First the flaws.. Yes and rarely for shoaib mansoor the movie had logical gaps.. Like Atif Aslam encouraging maulvi sahab's daughter to come sing with him on the roof top infront of the whole muhallah.. Atif aslam taking the effeminate saifu of all the places to 'truck walas' to make a man out of him! (Even a regular person would be unsafe there) And lastly.. The strangely convoluted logic of the pimp of how hakeem sahab is a baby girl producer and the whole deal thing.. weird Having said that.. I do not agree with you about the abilities of the panchvi paas girls.. you seem to have a very poor idea of the lower middle class (as depicted in the movie) or their abilities.. Panchvi paas does NOT mean the girls cannot be intelligent and cannot see obvious flaws in their fathers logic when they are blatant and conspicuous.. It also did not seem like they were able to dance unbelievably different from how girls would dance when alone.. And it certainly did not seem like they had 5000 ruppee hair cuts! Which some how implies you do not expect middle class girls to even look pretty or clean! Shoaib got his point across and frankly that is the one thing that really matters.. And his point is think people think and do not believe in every thing blindly and irrationally.. I saw bol right after transformers 3 and trust me THAT is what you call (in typical Michael bay fashion) having the world's resources at your feet and still not being able to get your point across!
roha Jul 09, 2011 09:01pm
vvery poor review...its nt dat bad....yeah there were flaws but the core issue that he chose was far much more real
Mukesh Meghwar Jul 10, 2011 04:54am
Bol is a supernetural, astonishing, bombastic and entertaining movie. It shows verry positive effect on this society and also shows rights of human, freedom of expression, extremism, sexual harrassmnet, human behaviour, and current crises of this violated society. This film has expressed open issues, which can be debated in all of us. Anyone should heartedly follow this movie theme. All characters of this movie are gigantic becuase of their performance, which shows real characters. Saghar's character and Hakeem sahab and elder daughter of hakeem sahab are the heart of this movie. I think we should have open talks on these type of unbearable issues, hence we can make the most of these problems.
Namra Aslam Jul 13, 2011 04:30am
I would like to say that instead of reproving Shoaib Mansoor for showing five daughters instead of seven one should acknowledge his endeavor of not just reviving the cinema but also raising a voice against the acrimonious traditions that exist in our society. It’s a humble request to all Pakistanis that please exculpate Shoaib for not casting two extra sisters, and show some reverence for this sage. Instead of wasting our time, money, effort, ink and paper on trivial issues like Atif’s role we should think about the nefarious realities that exist around us. We should together raise our voices for the rights of eunuchs. Being born with a deficiency is not a license to become a prostitute, or a beggar or a marasi (who dances on weddings). Why can’t these children live a normal life with the rest of their siblings? Why they have to leave their houses and live in the slums? Why can’t they be educated like other children? Why can’t eunuchs if other special people can take the CSS examination? If we ponder over these issues it would be a better use of our resources. In my opinion we should make a difference at our level and not just rely on the government. We should talk with the heads of our schools and universities to admit such people so that they get what is the fundamental right of all human beings- Education!!!! We should talk to our families to let these special people study and work with us. Simultaneously, the government should pass a law that no such babies should be given away; parents should treat them as an asset and not as an ignominy. Its time for us to rise above all stigmas and taboos as a liberal nation. God Bless Pakistan. Ameen
shoaib Jul 18, 2011 08:23am
I have seen the movie and the character of hakeem been depicted very intensely one can't say that every religious person has such attitude with his family and i think shoaib mansoor has some personal issues with the religious people that he second time hit that section of society with this character and i appreciate his attempt but he is not doing justice with the true character of an Islamic persona and i look like his movie facing issue with budget the conclusion was quite rapid happier side end before arrival and if he wan't to mess with social issue he should equally expose the liberal fascist of the society who are the actual creator of this fanatic lot in the country