So, I was waiting for Bol for more than one year now. It was owing to “hona tha pyar”, one of my most favourite numbers, and its video containing some key making of the movie, which enticed my concern and kept me glued to TV to come across the date of release of it.
Well, let me be generous; I don’t call it disappointing but frankly speaking, Bol could not Bol (speak) up to my expectations. Some of us (or perhaps most of us, specially women class) are thoroughly admiring this “blockbuster”, but I don’t acquiesce to them.
At first, the way Shoaib sb. has highlighted the obligation of Media in this modern era is really commendable. When we talk about the movie over all, though I liked a lot the theme behind it but dialogues of the movie, were not gripping. Rather when Umaima wrangles with Hakeem sb., the arguments through which she supports her stance about “Rizq” and “Olad”, they can be little annoying to Ulemas (I’m not talking about typical ones). The stance and the gist of these dialogues could have been presented more aptly and in more decent manner, by a writer like Shoaib sb. Besides, the role of Hakeem sb., at some stages, seemed exaggerating. There were some handsome portions in Khuda Ky Leya (film by Shoaib Mansoor) that were acknowledged and given a round of applause by the hall but in Bol, I could not come across a single moment (except in the end). Honestly.
The story of the movie revolves around an issue that definitely needed to be addressed (well, perhaps I’m not supposed to disclose it). Hats off to Shoaib sb for perceiving the idea but it could have been further connected with some other significant factors of the society that were also present in the movie itself and which, perhaps, could have given a more provoking message to viewers. I would like mention the case of “Saifee” (the third creature in the movie), a talented painter. Instead of eliminating the character in the very beginning, had the writer further focused on the matters of this creature, and given a provocative message by making Saifee an achiever of a renowned position (may be a renowned painter) in the society, it would definitely have given a very positive message. And then what about Muslim unity? Discussing the drawbacks of being divided into various sects (through Mahira Khan and Atif Aslam’s part), (not by hurting the sentiments of anyone, of course) and promoting the advantages of being “one” (to compete with the conspiracies against Muslim world) could have been a very good contribution to the society. Ok. Pursuing with three issues in one go might have messed up but at least two of these could have made room easily. Focusing on the very issue of the movie for three hours was not justifiable and “somewhat” boring.
Atif Aslam and Mahira Khan joined in for a very short love story in the movie. It was a pleasant part. I liked it and most probably would be liked by everyone. After all it is all about Atif Aslam and gorgeous looking Mahira Khan. Well Atif, your voice is unique man! No doubt about that. But your acting ummm, sorry to say, you didn’t impress me. You were in sheer dearth of facial expressions! You need to work on it seriously.
Shafqat Cheema as usual gave his best. Excellent acting. Excellent execution of dialogues and excellent get up. Even I noticed the way he had his meal (referring to Pa’ay lapped around his lips), perfectly depicted the type of person he was representing. But I wonder how all the five sisters were chosen. I mean all of them had different “Nain Naqsh” (face etc.). They didn’t seem “sisters” at all. Do they?
Songs. They are good. Hona tha Pyar. Din preshan hai rat bhari hai. Aj Bol do. Dil Janiya. I liked almost all of them. In Hona tha pyar, the female singer was Faiza at first, I remember. I liked her voice in the song more than that of Hadiqa. If you have not listened to in Faiza’s voice, give it a try. Mumkin hai by Jahanzaib, well, it was on an ideal situation. Lyrics were truly supporting it. Thumbs up for that!
So that’s what I have to Bol (speak) about Bol – by Shoaib Mansoor. My opinion is not ultimate, of course. Go and watch and share your Bol experience as well. Cheers!