Bol: Speaking silence
Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol is brutally honest; a drama which grips the audience with unforgiving intensity. Brilliant.
Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol is brutally honest. Based on the stories of Hakeem Sahib’s Sunni-Syed household of seven daughters, the movie adeptly focuses on gender issues at large, dwelling on tensions between fossilised cultural practices and new ones, speaking well to tensions underlying many South Asian households.
With reports on the status of women’s rights in Pakistan doing rounds, Mansoor’s social commentary is timely for villages, towns and cities across the country. Before the screening for human rights activists and politicians at a small non-commercial setting in Islamabad on June 11, Mansoor told his female audience that this was every Pakistani woman’s story - resonating with it at some level was inevitable. And sure enough, tangibly confirming Mansoor’s claim the audience was teary eyed a few minutes into the movie, with some weeping more than others.
Problems including rape and domestic violence, and attitudes towards transgendered people, contraception, prostitution, art, music, and girls’ education featured in Mansoor’s kaleidoscopic film perfectly harmoniously. With near flawless acting by Atif Aslam, Mahira Khan, Iman Ali, Humaima Abbasi and others, Bol’s nearly three hour long drama gripped with unforgiving intensity. Questioning the wisdom of condemning children to living death, Zainab, a leading character, unforgettably asks:
“Agar zindagi leyna jurm hai, tou zindagi deyna jurm kyoun nahin? Agar khila nahin saktay, toh paida kyun kartay ho?"
(If taking a life is a crime, why is giving a life not a crime? If you cannot feed, why do you give birth?)
Perhaps Mansoor’s claim that every Pakistani woman can connect with Bol may not hold true. The inevitable crowd of naysayers will cry foul over its emotional intensity, content and characterisation. But Bol speaks with profound clarity to those who have to deal with cultural calculus that prioritises the lashkar’s population over the mother’s well-being.
Sitting in the theatre, I could not help thinking to the number of times I’ve met women in rural Sindh - too insignificant to even be named by their families - with jaam (many, or countless) children, suffering rape, domestic violence, psychological abuse, or obstetric fistula related social exclusion, unable to describe any of these human rights violations as violations, speaking only silence.
Walking out of the screening with Bol induced stunned speechlessness, for a few moments, I couldn’t do the one thing Bol wanted me to do: speak. And there was no need to. Bol already said everything, and there are only so many words in the English language for brilliance.
Regardless of the INTENSITY of pointed issue i don't apprehend the DIALOGUE above which is so very highlighted for the cause. No, i am not touched.Shoaib mansoor should have visited the WIKIPEDIA before writing or allowing script/dialogue writer who ever he or she is for the Murphy's law we are already suffering a lot and now dramatize a situation with a low wedge person's family consist of daughters. From Wikipedia: Murphy's law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". Nobody points the finger at the FEUDAL lords not even Famous AMINA HAQ raised voice for kharr thing. When you are portraying a SOCIAL and MORAL problem on such platform then you have to be TRUE about it and should have the horizon of visual modality. Grow up!!!! lets face the truth instead of pointing fingures at and not providing solution. I tell you the entire elite and middle class will go and watch the movie will praise, get choked & touched and then will start living in the bubble. Shoman and company will earn and sadly!! NO DIFFERENCE will be made to the mass of people who are being portrayed in the movie Phew!!! Get your mind set right, instead of making money and limiting WOMEN issues to the drawing room chats, enjoying the issues as entertainment drama and even paying for it. PLEASE!!!!! solve problems instead of using them.
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