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Bol Review

Bol Rating 3.56/5

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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

There’s an inherent sincerity in Khuda Ke Liye director Shoaib Mansoor’s new film Bol, that compels you to look beyond its shortcomings. This film raises important questions about the terrifyingly regressive attitude towards women in Pakistan’s patriarchal society, and casts a critical eye on various prejudices perpetuated in the name of religion.Bol has its heart in right place.I’m going with a generous three out of five for Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol. Look beyond its kitchen-sink drama treatment, and you’ll notice it’s a brave film with an urgent message at its heart.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
BOL makes you peep into the lives of a family living in Pakistan, making us aware of the predicament, the anguish, their determination to survive against all odds. The family decides to solve their problems, but get into deeper troubles gradually. The struggle for life and death is what catches your eye. BOL shocks and stuns also because of the sub-plots in the plotline and the twists and turns in the story. I'd like to add that one has rarely witnessed such themes on the big screen. It serves as a wake-up call for the orthodox types on both the sides of the border. On the whole, BOL is a courageous film that has the guts to expose issues plaguing the society. It raises questions, challenges the age-old customs and mirrors a reality most convincingly. A brilliant film embellished with bravura performances. Not to be missed!
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
The film is a tour de force, both in terms of the performances by the two main protagonists, daughter Humaima and father Manzar and in the narrative which spills over with umpteen twists and turns, geared to shock and shake you up, with their horrific tenor. It goes to the director's credit that he doesn't create heroes and villains and blames old-fashioned social mind-sets and blinding orthodoxy for the malaise. And the fact that the problem of gender discrimination is highlighted through the story of a single close-knit family adds to the emotional quotient of the film. Topical and thought-provoking, Bol is a film you must not miss
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
In Bol, he pours his indignation out in no uncertain terms.It is strident, melodramatic and unmistakably out for the jugular. But in the end, it drives home its point in a manner that is compelling enough for all the effort not to be dismissed as much ado about nothing.The roots of Bol lie firmly in Pakistan’s contemporary reality, but its heart seems to be more in consonance with the traditions of commercial Mumbai movies than with the cinema of protest that it aspires to be. But that isn’t necessarily undesirable especially because the message that the film delivers is urgent, heartfelt and of considerable import.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Shaikh Ayaz Site:Rediff
Measured against Khuda Kay Liye, Bol is an equally superlative piece of work but finds itself susceptible to didacticism at some places..Well-meaning as it, Bol complements its radical audacity with an optimistic ending, after having compressed in its narrative themes of women's emancipation, poverty, homos**uality, music (especially as means to connect people), conflict between sects and somewhere an unspoken hope for laicism. To fully appreciate Bol is to firstly be familiar with somewhat basic understanding of Islam, Urdu and Pakistan's history but to understand its larger message you don't need to know any of the above.
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  Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Martin D Souza Site:Glamsham
BOL is thought-provoking, compelling and forthright. It brings the subject to light, but never once does Mansoor force his view on the audience. Nor do his characters. Within the ambit of their circumstance, each actor stretches his or her arm, never once trying to go beyond. That's the brilliance of this film. BOL explores the helplessness of the girl child. Though the length of the film does play a major hindrance, once the credits roll, you don't really mind it. Shoaib Mansoor has once again made you think. Once again he has taken on a subject everyone should be talking about.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha Guha Site:DNA
But while the good intentions and a thought-provoking story go a long way in making Bol a remarkable film, the lengthy run time and a narrative that lags intermittently comes in the way of the film being truly enjoyable. It’s a good film, no doubt, but also slightly underwhelming in totality.Overall, Bol makes an impact, but fails to live up to potential. Watch it without expecting to be blown away and you might enjoy it. But watch it, surely.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Daily Bhaskar Site:Dainik Bhaskar
Bol is a roller coaster ride of emotions, an inspiring bold movie that takes you through sensitive gender issues and troubles, regarding family planning in the society. The first half is inspiring, though the screenplay in the second half is not that gripping with unnecessary insertion of music. But overall the film is refreshing and tells you about the virtues of small family without being preachy.Bol is surely recommended, as it is one of the finest movies Pakistan has ever produced. It will take you through a roller coaster ride of emotions with awe-inspiring performances. It’s quite conceptual and realistic and director Shoaib Mansoor deserves all accolades for presenting such a challenging subject without making it ‘un-Islamic
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  2. please block comment from any unknown users...

    ratings are good... bodyguard is only an avg movie...

  3. see the number of comments on that crap bodyguard and compare it with this classic.Really this is sad no appreciators of quality cinema

  4. going by what i believed to be pakistani standards,the movie was by far the boldest and aptly made i cud have ever imagined.though the performances were mediocre,other than the father's meticulous performance,still the direction and the music with the tight screenplay made it most worth movie i have recently watched.

  5. Nice Movie man ! very bold

  6. yeah bodyguard deserved around 3 stars . 4.5 was too much, taran is like sold off man

  7. worst movie ever......taran adarsh bakwas kar raha he....

  8. ise kahete hai movie!!!!!!

  9. really awesome movie salman ko ye movie dikhao or bolo jaa kar suside kar le acting kise kehte hai use shayad kuch samajh aa jaye film line chhodkar t-shirts beche to jyada acha being human heee hee hee or please aage se salman koi movie mat banana itna ahsan karo desh ki janta par

  10. Dusro ki malum nahi mere liye super duper hit hai, zabardast movie hai.fantastic work by humaima and other guy... WELDONE.

  11. It is a movie that is worth the watch in my opinion, despite it's obvious shortcomings.

    I would like to point out some things I felt after watching the movie.

    The vision of the filmmaker is questionable in the sense whether this "awfully terrifying" image in his head is justified or not? Is the situation really as woeful as it is filmed?

    Being a Pakistani, I know we have problems and most of them (if not all) are true as shown in the movie, but what about the extent? Are they actually that extreme?

    Yes, we hear about fathers killing their children, we hear stories about girls being burnt out and disrespected, but they are still rare. And birth control is practiced now even in the most "backward" of areas.

    I think the director got it wrong somewhat. Yes, we have religious bounds and women are hampered somewhat generally; but are they really "tortured" and "disrespected" as shown in the movie, I think not!

    Also, in a family where extremes are touched (in case by the father), it is difficult (nearly impossible) to find a "Humaima Malick" in the family in reality. How is she such a genius (that is able to talk such intellect) in a family that has no education upbringing.

    I would say, the message the filmmaker wanted to depict was true and honest, but his "inner camera" about the religion and the society is was too negative than it actually is!

    Looks to me like a director who is depressed rather than optimistic!

    The movies saddened me and I felt like being in a prison desperate for some light. Even the so filmed "positive end" didn't actually feel optimistic. May if the movie wasn't such "over-cooked" with "outrageous" sequences, the message would have actually processed better in the mind. Also the movie "said" too many things, it could just have shown skillfully without banging in the hammers!

    I still would give a 9/10 for the courage of the director in terms of the idea; only if the film making was better and more enjoyable!

  12. @ Mahmood Ali Nasir: the movie could've been made a whole lot better had it been given a few more cuts on the editing table as it was too long and the writing went awry at a lot of parts.

    But most importantly, what it did try to convey is in fact harsh reality. And it's not just restricted to Pakistan. It is prevalent in India as well. We tend to get into denial for these things, which is why you probably felt like it were 'outrageous' and 'ye kabhi nahi ho sakta' it doesn't happen anymore.

    You need to travel more. And read more. And look around you. Closely.


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