Is all well with Bol?

Published: June 17, 2011
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The release of Bol has been repeatedly delayed. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

The release of Bol has been repeatedly delayed. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

LAHORE: 

The much-awaited film for this year, Bol, is set to release nationwide next week, but all does not seem hunky-dory with Shoaib Mansoor’s slick venture before its launch.

Firstly, there have apparently been delays in the film’s release. Inside sources explained that the movie, whose rights of distribution are owned by GEO films, had changed its date of release five or six times, which might be a possible reason why promotion heralding the movie’s premiere has been so subdued.

These sources have also confirmed rumours that the film will not release simultaneously in India. According to these sources, global distribution of the movie and its music is being done by Indian-based companies, Eros and Tips respectively. And apparently, both companies have planned to release the music and the film at later dates. Thus, no marketing campaign for the movie has even started across the border. In fact, several newspaper and internet reports originating from India have alleged that the films’s release has been delayed across the border.

However, when The Express Tribune contacted Mansoor, the producer expressed his ignorance about these developments. He said that he could only confirm the release of the movie in Pakistan.

Secondly, the marketing strategy of the year’s biggest film has been unusually low-key. There has certainly not been adequate promotion to spark viewers’ interest in Bol. In fact, rumour has it that movie’s major promotion may only include cast members handing out passes at the premiere.

However, cast members dismissed concerns that the film’s modest marketing would affect the movie’s popularity.

Speaking about her debut film, Mahira Khan said that online viral marketing on the internet regarding the movie has certainly roused public’s interest. “Everyone, including my friends, have been asking where the commercials are, but I feel that excessive promotion can take attention away from the actual movie,” said Khan. She added that there was intense hype associated with the movie because people want to see Shoaib Mansoor’s second film after the phenomenal success of Khuda Ke Liye.

According to Khan, our politically troubled country is starved for entertainment and therefore, there was ample interest regarding Bol on the internet and other social media sites.

Iconic singer Atif Aslam, who is also making his acting debut in the film, expressed his disappointment over the fact that there were no billboards of the film in major cities. Yet, he was confident that the movie would still do well. “The most important thing now is that the film will premiere on June 19 (in Karachi) and June 24 (in Lahore),” said Aslam. The pop singer explained that the movie’s soundtrack, recently released in Pakistan by Fire records, had received positive reviews and its widespread popularity was promoting interest in the movie. “I can tell you one thing confidently — Bol’s soundtrack has sold out nationwide,” said Aslam.

The singer also revealed he would no longer be participating in talk shows to advertise the movie, but he will still hand out passes at the film’s premiere with the rest of the cast.

Model-actor Iman Ali, who plays a prominent role in the movie, also appeared sanguine about her film. She commented that she personally did not believe in heavy marketing and the film would eventually be released regardless of the delays. “If the film is meant to work, it will work. One has to be confident,” said Ali.

Bol is said to be releasing countrywide on June 24. And despite all the film’s apparent hurdles, there are many people who seem excited about finally having a chance to view it.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Adnan Khalid
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:02PM

    People Are Aware of it no need to promote itRecommend

  • Fahad Raza
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:05PM

    Hope shoiab mansoor doent blows it up in the end like his other projects…he takes you till the end and in the end he does something stupid. Remember gull n guys (with the flop show for a hit travell guide), Khuda k leye (two azanz in one mosque same time) ABC (Gulsher never gets home) Sunehrey Din (Cadet proposes army style in the end), Disasters. but only in the very end.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:07PM

    Very poorly written article. Stop hiring school drop out to write these. Recommend

  • nilofer
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:37PM

    its usually prudent to actually mention the plot of the movie instead of just speculating speculation.Recommend

  • asad
    Jun 18, 2011 - 1:23PM

    I disagree with the comments, very few films are released and marketing plays a major role in getting to the oscars or other film festivals. There has to be more of an effort to make sure the film is a success. Just because geo has the rights doesnt mean they should cut corners luckily i can get the soundtrack. Recommend

  • Paras Vikmani
    Jun 18, 2011 - 7:46PM

    I hope it releases in India too ASAP.Recommend

  • Respectfullly
    Jun 19, 2011 - 1:08AM

    @Fahad Raza:
    May be you are being a bit harsh…I respect your displeasure at endings…but how many people are there who have same grievances like you….may be one %….so if 99% people feel his works as amazing then he must be doing great…..so far….Recommend

  • Anjum Shah
    Jun 19, 2011 - 2:20AM

    Lets face it guys and gals, Pakistanis get an F grade when it come to promoting anything from Pakistan, its people, its talent or its culture. That is why Pakistan in spite of its rich cultural and diverse background is suffocating with talent and yet we just as a nation suck of promoting skills.
    Marketing these day with the help of social media is a cheap fast way to promote the film, and unlike the junior actress Iman Ali, who plays a small role in the movie, also appeared nonchalant about her film. She commented that she personally did not believe in heavy marketing and the film would eventually be released regardless of the delays. “If the film is meant to work, it will work. One has to be confident,” said Ali.
    Oh really, this non caring has our film industry in the pits and their delay attitude will make other upcoming film industries in Asia jump ahead. Do you think that if India had this layed back attitude that Bollywood with the exception of a handful of films would be a household name abroad.
    So the makers of “BOL” are making a major mistake, by not screaming from roof tops to promote the film. some of the budgets of Hollywood films is nearly after the cost of the film!
    A coincidence you ask, is that why Hollywood is the center of the world in films?Recommend

  • Jun 19, 2011 - 5:35AM

    Shoaib Mansoor’s project has always been high.He’s an all rounder geniusRecommend

  • Babar
    Jun 19, 2011 - 9:22AM

    I am excitedRecommend

  • Jul 2, 2011 - 11:10PM

    BOL MOVIE IS VERY NICE MAHIRA IS CUTE IN THIS MOVIERecommend

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