Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Shoaib Mansoor|
|Produced by||Shoman Productions|
|Written by||Shoaib Mansoor|
|Screenplay by||Shoaib Mansoor|
|Music by||Atif Aslam
|Distributed by||Geo Films
Eros International Ltd.
|Box office||PKR 700,000,000|
Bol (Urdu: بول meaning Speak), is a 2011 Urdu-language social drama Pakistani film written, directed and produced by Shoaib Mansoor. The film stars Humaima Malik, Atif Aslam, Mahira Khan, Iman Ali, Shafqat Cheema, Amr Kashmiri, Manzar Sehbai and Zaib Rehman in the lead roles. It concerns a religious Muslim family facing financial difficulties caused by too many children and changing times, with a major plot involving the father's desire to have another son and his rejection of his existing transgender male-assigned-at-birth daughter.
This film was part of an entertainment education project by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU.CCP) which entered in a partnership with Shoaib Mansoor's Shoman Productions in 2009. The objective of the project was to advocate for women's rights by bringing the focus of media and the elite of Pakistan to family planning and gender issues. The Country Representative of JHU.CCP, Fayyaz Ahmad Khan served as the Executive Director of the movie. The film was reviewed by the Central Board of Film Censors in Lahore on 8 November 2010 and received its approval the next day. Bol is set in Lahore and many students from National College of Arts' (NCA) filmmaking department have assisted Shoaib Mansoor on it.
The film starts by showing the protagonist, Zainab (Humaima Malick), about to be hanged. She tells her story to media right before this happens. She grew up with six sisters, a mother and a father. The father always wanted a son so that the son could help with the financial issues of the family; the father doesn't believe in women being gainfully employed. They have a transgender child (khawajah sara in Urdu) named Saifi (Amr Kashmiri). The father (Hakim) doesn't like Saifi since she identifies as a girl. Saifi is deeply loved by the rest of her family. Zainab is married to a guy who keeps harassing her for not giving birth to a child. Hence, she comes back to her father's house. Zainab's mom keeps giving birth to babies that are born dead. Zainab has a tubal ligation done for her. When Hakim (Manzar Sehbai) finds out, he becomes very angry.
One day, Zainab sees Saifi dressed in women's clothes gets disturbed. Hakim owns a small traditional pharmacy and is approached by a man, who asks Hakim to teach the Quran to children, since Hakim is a very religious man who has bonds with the mosque. Hakim initially refuses because the man is running a brothel. Meanwhile the mosque gives him some money to keep, since they believe him to be trustworthy. Mustafa (Atif Aslam), a neighbour, gets Saifi a job at a place where they paint trucks. There, Saifi is harassed there because others discriminate against her identification as a woman.
One day Saifi is raped. Another transgender person, played by Almas Bobby (who in real life is a transgender person), finds her and takes her home. Hakim overhears Saifi telling her mother and Zainab what happened. Later on, when everybody is asleep, Hakim suffocates his child, Saifi to death with a plastic bag. He must bribe the police officer it a secret with two lakhs. Hakim is forced to take the money out of the masjid funds. The masjid asks for the funds, and Hakim doesn't have enough money. He is forced to go to the Saqa's house to get it.
Teaching children the Quran isn't giving him enough money, so Saqa gives him another option. He must get married to Hakim and have a baby with Meena (Iman Ali) who is one of the prostitutes and is the Saqa's (Shafqat Cheema) oldest daughter. Hakim keeps having girls, and Saqa tells him that it is the men who creates the gender. Zainab gets Ayesha (Mahira Khan) and Mustafa married since Hakim found another man at the masjid and wants to get Ayesha married. Simultaneously, Hakim marries Meena. When Hakim finds out about Ayesha's marriage, he is furious but can't do anything about it. Meena has her baby, and it is a girl meaning Saqa gets to keep it. Hakim begs Meena to give him the baby so that the child doesn't have to face a horrible future. Saqa overhears and kicks Hakim out.
Later on, Meena comes to give Hakim's family the baby. When Hakim's wife asks who that women was, he takes her ttells her that he married Meena. She screams at him, and he beats her up. The mother tells the kids what happened, and Zainab insists they all leave the house and move somewhere to start a new life.
At night, Saqa comes to take the daughter, since Meena was not supposed to give it to Hakim. Hakim tries to kill the daughter to keep the daughter from a horrible future. He is killed by Zainab by a fatal knock on the head. They hide the baby. Zainab tells Saqa that Hakim killed the baby and threw her out somewhere; she tells him that she killed Hakim, which is why she is being given the death penalty.
Back in the present, a reporter keeps trying to prove she is innocent but is unable to. Zainab ends by asking that why is only killing a sin? Why isn't giving birth, without any family planning, a sin? Then she is hanged. The president sees the reporter's newscast that ends with that question and schedules a meeting with the topic the same as the question. In the end, the daughters open up a restaurant called Zainab's Cafe, which becomes very successful. They also raise their new half-sister, Meena's daughter.
- Manzar Sehbai as Hakim Sahib (Father)
- Shafqat Cheema as Saqa Kanjar (Panderer)
- Humaima Malik as Zainub (eldest daughter)
- Mahira Khan as Ayesha (Second sister)
- Atif Aslam as Mustafa (Ayesha's husband)
- Iman Ali as Meena/Sabina (Courtesan)
- Zaib Rehman as Suraiya (Mother)
- Mahnoor Khan as Mahnoor (Third sister)
- Meher Sagar as Young Saifi
- Amr Kashmiri as Saifi (Brother/hijra)
- Irfan Khoosat as Mustafa's father
Release and reception
Bol was released on 24 June 2011 under the banner of Geo Films. The film established a new box office record in Pakistani cinema. It became the highest earning film in Pakistan in its first week of release, breaking all previous records. The previous record was held by Bollywood movie My Name Is Khan, which grossed PKR 13.417 million in its first week, whereas Bol did a business of PKR 62.792 million in six days. In two weeks, the total gross revenue of the film from 24 screens amounted to PKR 94,287,090, thus finishing its run with 120 million in its bank. Bol also collected 2,80,00000 from 75 screens in India.
Bol was released in India, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, U.A.E and Australia on 31 August 2011.The Movie got huge fame and appreciation.
In September 2011, the Times of India reported that Sahara One network has bought seven-year satellite rights of 100 films, including Shoaib Mansoor's Bol for a total of Rs 700 million for all the 100 films.
|The Times of India|||
Bol received highly positive reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4/5 describing it as "A brilliant film embellished with bravura performances". Likewise, Komal Nahta of The Times of India gave the film 4/5 by going on to describe the film as "topical and thought-provoking". Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film 3 on 5 stating that the "message that the film delivers is urgent, heartfelt and of considerable import". Galaxy Lollywood, in its review gave 4.4/5 stars to the film and stated it to be 'meeting public expectations' after Khuda Kay Liye.
It was awarded the Best Hindi film award in IRDS Film awards 2011 by Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS), a Lucknow based Civil society for raising many social issues including the regressive attitude of a male-dominated society.
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
Bol is the soundtrack album of the 2011 Urdu-language Pakistani film Bol by Shoaib Mansoor. Prior to the movie's release, Atif Aslam (who plays one of the main roles in the film) in an interview stated, "I have done two songs for the soundtrack. It's been a great experience working with Shoaib Mansoor, he is an amazing person and very dedicated. My role isn't controversial and we discussed it beforehand. It’s a film that is being made for a good cause".
All songs are mixed and mastered by Kashif Ejaz. The singers include Atif Aslam, Sajjad Ali, Hadiqa Kiani, Ahmed Jahanzeb, Shabnam Majeed, Sahir Ali Bagga, Bina Jawad, Faiza Mujahid and Shuja Haider. Hona Tha Pyaar was composed and written by Ali Javed a 16-year-old boy from small city of Punjab, Toba Tek Singh in June 2010. The copyrights of song were sold to the team of Bol. The soundtrack was successful and generally received positive reviews from critics. However, one critical review published in The Express Tribune called the movie's soundtrack "A surprising disappointment"
|1||Sayyan Bolain||Shabnam Majeed, Sahir Ali Bagga, Bina Jawad||Shoaib Mansoor||Shoaib Mansoor||03:47|
|2||Hona Tha Pyaar||Atif Aslam, Hadiqa Kiani, Faiza Mujahid | Atif Aslam||Ali||Ali Javed||03:42|
|3||Aaj Bol Do||Atif Aslam, Hadiqa Kiani||Atif Aslam, Sarmad Ghafoor||Ayub Khawar||04:08|
|4||Din Pareshan Hay||Sajjad Ali||Sajjad Ali||Ali Moeen, Sajjad Ali||03:58|
|5||Mumkin Hay||Ahmed Jahanzeb, Shuja Haider||Shoaib Mansoor||Shoaib Mansoor||03:50|
|6||Dil Jaaniya||Hadiqa Kiani||Shoaib Mansoor||Shoaib Mansoor||03:15|
|7||Bol Background Music||Baqir Abbas||Shoaib Mansoor||07:10|
The film has won the following awards at Lux Style Awards
The film has won the following awards on other awards events.
- Best Film Actor Manzar Sehbai at the 2012 SAARC Film Awards
- Best Film Actress Humaima Malik at the London Asian Film Festival
- Best Film Bol by Shoaib Mansoor at the London Asian Film Festival
- Best New Talent Amr Kashmiri at the London Asian Film Festival
- Best Lead Actress Humaima Malick at the South Asian Rising Star Film Awards
- Best Film of the Year 2011 at the Pakistan Media Awards
- Best Film Actress Humaima Malik at Pakistan Media Awards
- Best Performance by an Actress Humaima Malick at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards
- Best Feature Film Bol by Shoaib Mansoor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards
- Best Film Actor Atif Aslam at Pakistan Media Awards
- Best Playback Singer Atif Aslam at Pakistan Media Awards
- Song of the Year Hadiqa Kiyani at Lux Style Awards
- Best Original Sound Track Hadiqa Kiyani at Lux Style Awards
- Song of the Year Atif Aslam at Lux Style Awards
- Best Original Sound Track Atif Aslam at Lux Style Awards
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- Mahmood, Rafay (1 June 2011). "Bol’s music: A surprising disappointment". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
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