I must admit, I was impressed with Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol. The simple reason was that he raises his voice against overpopulation, or more specifically, jahil mullahs (and the so called religious people of society) who are against contraception.
Shoaib Mansoor tackles a lot of issues in his movie Bol, without giving proper time to any. A couple of useless scenes with Atif Aslam, and an irrelevant second half could have been better utilized into giving more time to the issues that were tackled, or even with handling a couple of other important subjects such as dowry and/or female foeticide and infanticide. Bol is a good movie which leaves the audience on an emotional high, but with a lot of questions.
While Shoaib Mansoor’s main theme seems to be lack of birth control, he does not show how, due to lack of birth control, millions of children don’t see a single day of school, become child labourers, prostitutes, beg on the streets, and go to bed hungry. Also, there were many flaws with direction that raised questions.
Why does the father, shown as a deeply religious Muslim who has never missed a prayer and whines about the smallest things in Islam, not consider murder a sin? Not only does he commit murder, but he also threatens his wife and daughter with murder at different times of the movie. The father is shown as a poverty struck man whose dirty and shrivelled appearance speaks volumes about his condition, but why are his daughters always shown as well dressed, in perfect haircuts, and even make-up? Furthermore, from where do they learn to sing and dance, and play cricket without a TV and no contact with the outside world? Also, we are told that there are seven daughters in the movie, but are shown only five.
The scene where the father yells at his daughters for not making dua for the cricket team seems highly retarded. Also, when the character played by Atif Aslam takes his fiancee to the concert where they both sing, how does she do it so confidently being on the stage for the first time in her life? Furthermore, what is the purpose of the scene where the father washes the money. Washing his guilt? What does that have to do with religiousness? Also, towards the end of the movie, how does Atif Aslam manage to buy a TV, cell phones, and so many other things with his first salary, as a house job only provides a meagre one?
Moving away from the questions, the best part of the movie was when the eldest daughter says, mere bas mein hota to har mard se ek bachcha peda karwati. Well, Shoaib Mansoor, as much as I appreciate your effort in making Bol, I must tell you it is going to fall on deaf ears on those jahils who think of women as objects, or more specifically, baby producing machines.