Bol: You don't say

Published: June 22, 2011
Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol was a major disappointment and left the viewer wondering why they watched it.

Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol was a major disappointment and left the viewer wondering why they watched it.

After a five-year wait and numerous leaked YouTube videos, Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol will finally premiere on Friday. Unfortunately, the film was a major disappointment and left the viewer wondering,

“Why did I watch this movie?”

The film’s narrative is non-linear, with the opening scene showing us Humaima Malik’s character standing in front of the gallows. We then go back in time to hear her story, which is essentially about how she and her sisters struggled to live with an oppressive father (Manzar Sehbai ) with extremist tendencies. Mahira Khan stars as Humaima’s sister and their neighbour Mustafa (Atif Aslam) is her love interest. Iman Ali is a courtesan, and Shafqat Cheema stars as her father.

Since Atif’s involvement with the film has been highly publicised, it was surprising to learn that he does not play a significant role in Bol. Mustafa is supposed to be a pivotal character, but the weak characterisation and meagre screen time fail to create the right tension, and you are left wanting more.

Mahira’s role suffers from chronic implausibility. Despite being an ‘obedient’ daughter, she manages to sneak away with Atif on an almost daily basis to learn how to play the guitar, and even finds the time to rock out at a concert. Her character’s actions are so pointless and unbelievable that you can hardly contain a yawn. After this, the story takes such a dramatic and unconvincing turn that it would take a thesis to point out all the narrative flaws.

Thankfully, Humaima and Shafqat Cheema swoop in to save the day, since they actually act well. Manzar Sehbai is monotonous and under-directed — and any humour he adds to the film is unintentional.

In fact, Sehbai’s getup and dialogue seem to be inspired by Nawab Aslam Raisani, and the character appears comic even when he is trying to be serious — surely this wasn’t the effect the director desired. Iman Ali, like Atif, has a very small role in the film, but lives up to her character. On the whole, however, the characters in the film are weak, fake and one-dimensional. Stylistically, the film is more than a disappointment, looking like a student’s first attempt rather than a seasoned director’s hyped up work. About 20 per cent of the film was out of focus and the film processing was so bad that at times it seemed like a film being aired on Filmazia. In some places the sound was not properly synchronised with the visuals, and some scenes were intercut so badly that they ruined the entire buildup of the sequence.

This time around the music didn’t save the director either; only a few tracks are worth listening to. And a point about adding spice to Pakistani films with song and dance: if you cannot make a proper item number in Pakistan due to ‘cultural sensitivities’, don’t attempt a watered-down version either because it’ll just end up looking forced. This is exactly what happens with Hadiqa Kayani’s hip hop number “Sajania,” — I’m guessing the director had to squeeze the song in somewhere, so we are shown daughters Humaima and Mahira dancing to “Sajania” every time their father steps out of the house — a unique way of throwing off the shackles of oppression.

Despite the accolades Khuda Kay Liye garnered, this offering is not close to what you call a feature film. It lacks even a clearly thought out story. For those who will laud Mansoor simply for the heroic act of making a film in a country like Pakistan, let me clarify that countries much worse off than Pakistan have told much better stories in more trying conditions. Here’s a piece of advice for the producers of this film: there are many thoughtful individuals working in our industry who have the capability of making better films, so please, open your eyes — it’s a win-win situation.

To sum it up, whenever I think of Bol and Shoaib Mansoor I am reminded of the Australian cricketing legend, Adam Gilchrist, who retired from test cricket after dropping the first plum catch behind the wickets .Considering what has come out of Bol, one wonders if Mansoor will follow Gilchrist’s footsteps or become the Kamran Akmal of Pakistani cinema.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine.

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Reader Comments (104)

  • Rija Miabhoy
    Jun 22, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Thank you for ruining the movie for us!!! If this is what you guys had chosen to be published you should have waited for it to be officially released and then wrote this not before the release..

    HORRIBLE!! I consider your paper to be worth reading but with articles so loosely placed i doubt my decisions.

    Really Disappointed..

    I am not saying that the article is not written properly, it jst gives out tooo much information let the reader decide what he/she thinks of the movie!!

    Please choose wisely in the future..

  • Maxi
    Jun 22, 2011 - 4:21PM

    Spot on! Recommend

  • ALI
    Jun 22, 2011 - 4:31PM

    A negative review … may be because the movie was released under the banner of the Jang Group?? Recommend

  • IamConcerned!
    Jun 22, 2011 - 4:47PM

    oopsie! I feared the same, even the trailers weren’t powerful enuff! Recommend

  • Ahmed Baksh
    Jun 22, 2011 - 4:56PM

    Hold on there pal! I will watch it in two days but bashing it aint the right way atleast somebody tried and was able to create a lot of hype with a movie based on social issues.
    I suggest you go ahead and watch double dhamaal and enjoy some nonsense.Recommend

  • Schazad
    Jun 22, 2011 - 5:04PM

    Very harsh. I think express should produce something of their own. BTW grapes are sour. I feel like movie isn’t that bad, but Express, do something of your own too. Just criticizing is easy to rip someone’s work apart like you guys do but come up with something of your own. Stop this leg pulling please. Recommend

  • AAB
    Jun 22, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Thanks for the insight. Was thinking of going and watching, but surely not anymore!!!Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jun 22, 2011 - 5:40PM

    We don’t need your reviews. Thank you. You have no credibility. (And please stop bashing everything Pakistani.)Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jun 22, 2011 - 5:51PM

    So are we bashing everything Pakistani now? First Coke Studio and now Bol?Recommend

  • i miss lucy
    Jun 22, 2011 - 5:52PM

    Shoaib Mansoor, have me write you story and screen play, next time you set to do a film. Asghar Nadeem Syed can be your only other option.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 22, 2011 - 6:18PM

    wasn’t expecting anything from vj/model/singer cast.Recommend

  • OMG
    Jun 22, 2011 - 6:22PM

    Tht is called one terrible review! Why the heck would yu publish something like tht BEFORE the movie’s official release????! So much for supporting yur own films! With a bashing review like tht yur telling people not to watch it! And yu go on and on abt the low level of acting…. Keep in mind both Mahira and Atif are acting for the first time! And nowhere did yu mention or give significance to the important msg portrayed in the film….
    Tsk tsk …. We get a Pakistani movie once in a blue moon and rather than writing a SLIGHTLY suppprtive review and encourging people to check it out, yu’re doing the exact opposite! Recommend

  • Amma
    Jun 22, 2011 - 6:34PM

    Is this your first movie review ever? Or have u never read any proper critics review? Or You were not sent the pass to the premier and you had to steal it from someone Or Bol is the first movie that you mummy and Papa let you watch alone????

    What can I say to the people who published this “Review”. At least a paper of your standard should have given a spoiler alert. Recommend

  • user
    Jun 22, 2011 - 6:44PM

    The Tribune has had a problem with BOL since the beginning. This is nothing but a BIASED PATHETIC review.

    Show some integrity and stop hating on a movie just cuz Jang group is leading it.

    I am so annoyed with the Tribune, I liked this news source a lot but now its like any Pakistani newspaper, pathetic and biased.Recommend

  • shola
    Jun 22, 2011 - 6:51PM

    entertainment neverthelessRecommend

  • hahahahah
    Jun 22, 2011 - 6:57PM

    spot on.hahahahahRecommend

  • Saleem Kashmiri
    Jun 22, 2011 - 7:13PM

    Shoaib Mansoor is the best thing that could have happened to Pakistan Don’t go after some biased review See the movie and then make up your mind It is a very bold attempt to tackle social issues head on Recommend

    Jun 22, 2011 - 7:51PM

    so finally criticism started like some people did with Khuda ke Liay..
    kher man you really need some break. finally we have a proper film , are you are ruining it.
    seriously you should see double dhamal now…Recommend

  • Samran Ali
    Jun 22, 2011 - 8:51PM

    why dnt u just appreciate it instead u r critcising it. First music and now whole movie.? I think u should produce and direct movie with big budget. And Express was promoting B grade Khamosh Raho. Recommend

  • Samran Ali
    Jun 22, 2011 - 8:58PM

    why dnt u just appreciate it instead u r critcising it. First music and now whole movie.? I think u should produce and direct movie with big budget. And Express was promoting B grade Khamosh Raho. Music sounds good “Hona tha pyar” etc Recommend

  • Raza
    Jun 22, 2011 - 9:17PM

    It makes me angry that most people will watch some movies of Bollywood that are crap but when a Pakistani tries to do anything we take it upon ourselves to bash the living daylights out of him…
    To the author sir our movie industry is in its infancy and you cannot compare it to the standard of Hollywood or Bollywood if you cannot say something positive please say nothing as it will discourage others….

  • Abdullah
    Jun 22, 2011 - 9:51PM

    will watch…. everyone have their own opinion Recommend

  • Coma Cat
    Jun 22, 2011 - 10:08PM

    “Keep in mind both Mahira and Atif are acting for the first time!”

    Why hire them then? Is there no respect for the art form? Does everything have to be commercialized for it to connect with the audience? Or is the director trying to play it safe by ensuring all their individual fans show up for the screenings?($$$) Of course he is, what else explains hiring Atif Aslam to act (when he can’t even do properly what he’s supposed to)

    Secondly, get off the reviewers case, I see a lotta stupid comments here about the reviewer not having any credentials of his own blah blah. Since when do you have to be involved in the industry to become a critic? Anyone can criticise anything, as long as he displays understanding of the art form and doesn’t just go on a prejudiced rant (which this ain’t). It’s backed up with sufficient points.

    Let’s face it, a lot of you are hurt that our movie industry, even though claiming to start a new chapter, still suffers from the core problems that our ermm “classic” movies do.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jun 22, 2011 - 10:37PM

    Express Tribune, I know you won’t publish this comment. You guys are ruining your reputation as an unbiased source of information for people here. If you let people like this author write for your blogs and main columns and stories, you will damage your credibility further. I have been following this guy’s reviews and stories. He NEVER writes anything unbiased. His articles are based on personal likes and dislikes, which is a highly immature and pathetic way of writing.

    You guys need to have better people and writers for your blogs and stories. This guy has been bashing everything good coming out of Pakistan. We all know what we all are going through these days.

    Express Tribune should try to back things that are in the right direction, rather than criticize everything just for the sake of it.

    I hope you publish this message! Love for all, hatred for none!Recommend

  • dada
    Jun 22, 2011 - 10:51PM

    Tight, Shoaib Sb you are awsome with 50/50 but film is not your ball game.accept it:)Recommend

  • Adam Sialo
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:00PM

    Calm down guys! After reading just two of his articles I have stopped taking him seriously. It is abundantly clear that taste, tact and unbiased critique are not his strong points. Go watch the movie and make up your own minds.Recommend

  • Afsha Saeeed
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:00PM

    I know many are upset at the negative review for such an anticipated film. Considering the few quality films the rest of the trash, low quality disgraceful material that flows from “LOLLYWOOD” we as a democratic nation have to learn to accept all views. We do not have to agree with them that is why EACH of us have been given a brain & the ability to think and make decent decisions. Granted some of us abuse that power to spread jealousy I have read horrible reviews of certain films and have instead loved those films & vise versa.
    So everyone take a chill pill, be strong form your own educated opinion but always support your fellow citizens because if we don’t who will?Recommend

  • Jun 22, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Hold on there mate. You are giving away half of the story in this so called “review”. Maybe a warning at the top would be appropriate, something like, “This review may contain spoilers!”. Recommend

  • Arshad
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:10PM

    @Raza: Why do all pakistani calls a bollywood movie a “crap” and still never miss to watch it, after all your multiplex’s are alive due to these bollywood movie’s only. Lollywood is no where against bollywood, anyway angoor khate hai. LoLRecommend

  • Ali
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:12PM

    Well As Expected Express has done it again from bashing of pakistan army till pakistani media sometimes I wonder why do we even need Indian media when we our very own its reading NDTV EXPRESS.Recommend

  • positive pakistani
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:57PM

    didn’t i tell you guys before…..??? the writer is just a irrational and totally biased “blogger”…..he shouldn’t be considered an article or editorial writer at all…who’s columns are highlighted on the top of the page………..He don’t have the patience and courtesy to hold his opinion in the favor of nothing…but (at least) “rationality” …and 360 degree coverage by others……..he just speaks what he think is right…no matter how much imbalanced he looksRecommend

  • xohaib
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:09AM

    shame on express. let the people decide.Recommend

  • Sheryar X
    Jun 23, 2011 - 1:08AM

    Its no fact that Szabist students have it out for Shoaib Mansoor after he reviewed their thesis films and the bitter review reflects that of a bunch of bitter media science graduates who thought they were the answer to film.Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Jun 23, 2011 - 1:42AM

    Man this dude Rafays got serious life issues goin on, and his doctor says that blogging is the only known cure for that in the current era of mankind… give him a break guys!Recommend

  • Dr Sb
    Jun 23, 2011 - 8:17AM

    How ridiculous to see Pakistanis with 0 tolerance level, I am disappointed , what will his nation do in q worse situtation.Guys pls get a life, read it or leave it,use your energies on bigger issues such as lack of education this isn’t even a issue Recommend

  • AJ
    Jun 23, 2011 - 9:03AM

    i dont understand why people are b!tching so much about the writer’s opinion.. its his opinion he didnt like it let be.. and if you think he ruined that movie of ours that you so anticpiated to watch ( a retard like atif who cant make act properly in a commercial let a alone a movie) then you shouldn’t have clicked on the article…obviously if the article’s heading is based on the movie, then expect some sort of comments..just because the movie is made by a pakistani, doesnt mean you have to appreciate it..we can make movies just as bad like the hollywood directors..and we have made some good movies in the past and if there are good directors out there they should come forward..crictics only make you more productive at what you do.. Recommend

  • Sarah
    Jun 23, 2011 - 9:29AM

    What the problem with us? we all first try to criticize the things, we never ever see the positive area. Rafey! I think you should see the good things first, just go back your era when all Punjabi movies played and we used to feel shame when our actresses just dance in KHET with any stupid Badmaash. Every body has own opinions so please let people watch it and see the comments. Good and bad things always exist as we are not angel that we have entirely perfection. So Guys don’t be disappointed and lets move to Atrium to Watch BOL…………………….. KHAO AJ BOL DO…………………..Recommend

  • Alias
    Jun 23, 2011 - 9:31AM

    Woah. The writer certainly has a personal issue against the movie here on some level. Firstly, relax. Second, please don’t scare us off from watching it before its even released.Recommend

  • Jady
    Jun 23, 2011 - 10:14AM

    LOL LOL LOL PErfect review man. Thanks for saving lots of money of lots of people. Shoeb Mansoor you are great with dramas and stuff but please try to understand that this movie thingi isnt your ball game at all …. haha

    And all you people who dont like the writer or the review lol if you dont like it dont read it haha no one has put a gun on your head to read it … Or lets say ummommmm if you have that great brains why dont you write one your self .. I feel pity for all those who are pointing it against the writer or the article ….. If you all are such great critiques and writers and bla bla bla .. get a life .. loosen your wallets fuel up your tanks go watch the movie come back and write a review of your own lol .. Then we’l see how good are you hahaha Buffoooons

    Great Job Mr. Rafay you rock ..Recommend

  • Sunny Deol Pakistani
    Jun 23, 2011 - 10:28AM

    I always watch the film after the review. Here the review seems longer than the movie. I will positively see this movie.Recommend

  • A Concerned Film Enthusiast
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:22PM

    To all misguided patriots taking this film review too personally… Its not about bashing everything pakistani, its the fact the people like Shoaib Mansoor haved strong armed their ways into investors’ pockets based on false legacies. The fact remains that pakistan has infinitely more talented individuals especially when it comes to films, and in fact it has seen some brilliant pieces already by people like Jamil Dehlavi, Sabiha Sumar and Mehreen Jabbar. It simply is unbelievable that a person, who’s had not one, but two chances to prove himself as a filmmaker has utterly failed to do so. Whats worse is that one would assume Shoaib Mansoor to have a sensible understanding of the issues he tries to tackle yet find him severely lacking in that respect.
    As far as reviving the film industry is concerned, making films is only half the battle, until and unless we develop a faculty to critique without apologetics. Lets not our mediocrities behind our being pakistani. There’s actually a number of filmmaking models available for inspiration in countries worse off than pakistan.Recommend

  • amanda
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:24PM

    Bol was made for all the wrong reasons..
    1) Shoaib Mansoor wanted to make a movie just for the sake of making one. A follow up to the success of khuda ke liye. Bol does not have a strong story line and everything is very hotch-potch (even reflects from the trailer).
    2) Shoaib mansoor wanted to go “commercial”, and aimed to tap in to the bollywood market by casting Atif Aslam. I have all the respect for Atif as a singer, but he is pretty expressionless when it comes to acting. He doesn’t even look good on the big screen. He must have been used for the music only. Recommend

  • Yasir Thanvi
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Good Job Rafay…!!!!
    This is a perfect review of a movie which is not worth all the hype its getting…. Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2011 - 1:00PM

    I would just like to point out two things,
    This is not a youtube video its a review, so one cannot say that if you don’t like the writing don’t read it.
    After a long time somebody is making an effort, so rather than at least boasting his confidence his seasoned reputation in the field is being shredded.
    And Lastly one needs to understand the difference in a review and a critique, along with the qualification and intellectual abilities of the writer.Recommend

  • Gulmeenay
    Jun 23, 2011 - 2:32PM

    I watched the movie and while I agree there are definitely some technical issues, I feel like Shoaib Mansoor’s and Geo Films efforts should be lauded. Not only does no one make films in Pakistan, no one deals honestly with real issues and the manner in which Mansoor handles difficult issues like internalised misogyny, socially and religiously sanctioned discrimination is admirable.

    Atif Aslam’s and Mahira’s characters are meant to add masala to the film, they are certainly not lead roles. Also, obedient daughter do sometimes go out and break the rules. Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2011 - 2:43PM

    The writer seems totally against Shoaib Mansoor and would have struggled alot to praise his previous movie ‘Khuda Kay Liye’. Instead of giving a friendly advice and boosting Mansoor’s confidence she(the writer) is asking him to leave the field. Ridiculous!

  • Muhammad Aley Khanzada
    Jun 23, 2011 - 4:53PM

    All right Shoaib is trying hard but his works have many flaw in it which have to be corrected. Btw. Khuda k Liey also had quite a lot of flaws in it.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahmed
    Jun 23, 2011 - 4:57PM

    Why Can’t Critics take a film as a film.

    Why they try to find Exact Reality…………….
    Go watch best Hollywood movies and you will hardly find exact any resemblance with world around.

    Article for the sake of Article.Recommend

  • shoaib's cobsciene
    Jun 23, 2011 - 7:50PM

    I told youRecommend

  • junaid
    Jun 23, 2011 - 8:58PM

    Bol rocks, shoaib mansoor rocks, and guess what im gonna watch it tomarrow in theater, EXPRESS SUCKS.Recommend

  • saad
    Jun 23, 2011 - 9:41PM

    so much for being ‘terrence malick’ of pakistan! another movie after ‘4 years’ and such a result! btw what happened to mansoor’s hush hush project with an indian production house -soon after kkl? Recommend

  • Asma
    Jun 24, 2011 - 2:41AM

    First, you are forgetting that humans are not perfect.The success of Khuda Ke Liye does not make Mansoor a flawless director. The movie might not be as good as we expect it to be, but it has gotten the public excited enough to flock towards cinema; which had been deserted for a long period of time.

    Considering the circumstances Pakistan Film Industry has been going through, efforts of Mansoor deserve to be acknowledged and we should feel proud of him. At least he is doing something to breathe life into our nearly dead film industry. Recommend

  • maryum
    Jun 24, 2011 - 9:31AM

    You should wait for a day to publish this rubbish article… one or two persons can not decide how was the film…. we (public) has to decide if the film if fail or big hit…Recommend

  • amina
    Jun 24, 2011 - 12:02PM

    Since when have Bloggers become Film Critics? Plus just becoz Bol was released by GEO Films,. Express ppl have a problem with it….ITs not bad at all…i have seen itRecommend

  • Jun 24, 2011 - 12:33PM

    First, you are forgetting that no human is perfect. The success of Khuda Ke Liye does not make Mansoor a flawless director. The movie might not be as good as we expect it to be, but it certainly has gotten people excited enough to make them flock towards cinema, which had been deserted for a very long time, on its release.

    Considering the circumstances Pakistan film industry has been going through, efforts of Mansoor deserve acknowledgment, and we should feel proud of him for at least he is doing something to breathe life into our nearly dead film industry. Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2011 - 1:19PM

    crap, i did NOt want to read a negative review =( i thought it will be another great film like Khuda Kay Liye….. =/Recommend

  • lol
    Jun 24, 2011 - 2:18PM

    I downloaded a decent torrent. I am sorry “Baat tau sach hai magar baat hai rusvai ki”Recommend

  • InTeKtual
    Jun 24, 2011 - 3:47PM

    After reading these review I feel tht the reviewer and I went 2 two different movies!!
    Yes the Cameras used were nt HD but were technically sound and Good enough.
    The only thing I agree with is that u keep wishing 4 more because it was so goooood !!
    It was a portrayal of bitter realities 1 might experiance in everyday life and the director created every effect on celluloid; he wanted his audience to experiance be it euphoria of love nd romance or the hard hitting bitterness of relationships that are contradictory to what they are meant to be or the sarcastic slapstic humor which was ocassionaly portrayed by always dysphoric presence of Father.
    Now for the movie It was well thought out, provacative, entertaining, brillent performances.
    Atif & Mahira’s presence & Musik composed by atif was like a breath of fresh air and inspiring, Iman was spot on brillient ! her dialouge delievry and magnanomous beauty were unlike any we have seen in Lollywood for quiet some time, The negativity personafied father was portayed remarkably by Manzar Sahebi you come out hating him that’s what every villan wants ryt ! Last but not the least H’umaima Steals the show with an emotional truly deglamed and heart felt dramatic performance.
    Its more socially educating and provocative than the average Hindi Block-buster and for that there was applause in the theaters for a minute longer at the end f the movie !!
    Must watch for every1 not only cuz its Paki or u r an Atif or Shaoaib Sb. fan bt becuz itx a whole different breed of cinema every 1 shud experiance !! U ill find it like no other !! and it wud leave a much permanent imprint trust me ;)Recommend

  • ali
    Jun 24, 2011 - 3:52PM

    film sucks. get over itRecommend

  • Jun 24, 2011 - 6:55PM

    I haven’t watched the movie yet, but the review might have some credibility to it. Firstly, movies funded by ISPR and produced by Shoaib Mansoor have a complexity in their plot/story. They try to focus more on the message delivered to the audience than how a movie should be made. But, only after I watch the movie, probably in next week, would be in a much better position to comment. Which, I will surely do!Recommend

  • Shanila
    Jun 24, 2011 - 8:23PM

    Your review is totally opposite of what people are saying. You can check it out yourself at

    Jun 24, 2011 - 9:06PM

    Now I’ll must watch this movie. Because a rival media group has published an article against the movie. It shows they are afraid of success of this movie..Recommend

  • Enam
    Jun 24, 2011 - 10:53PM

    The reviewer needs to stop being over-smart for a while. Rafay sure misconceives himself as the coolest kid on the bloc. Produce something of your own, dear Szabist grad, for a change. Absolute bashing is not what makes up a good review. Go thru Ebert first for a quick lesson on the the art of reviewing.Recommend

  • Babar Ali
    Jun 25, 2011 - 12:57AM

    I absolutely loved this movie. I agree there were a few blemishes but overall the movie captures the viewers attention very well.Recommend

  • Hamna
    Jun 25, 2011 - 2:14AM

    Sorry author. Your criticism didn’t work. I will still watch it. :)Recommend

  • Hussain Syed
    Jun 25, 2011 - 10:30AM

    The article reeks of lack of organizational thought, it’s pretty much all over the place. Ironic, that it’s the reason the film is being bashed LOL. Also, the sarcasm is weak, and at times harsh and extremely condescending. Not a film enthusiast, but if you’re going to be so harsh on something, at least come up with a review that doesn’t suffer from the same misgivings as the film you’re so intent on bashing…. Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jun 25, 2011 - 11:23AM

    I believe this review is critically bias because the film is being produced under the banner of GEO,express’s real competitor.Recommend

  • fatima khan
    Jun 25, 2011 - 5:22PM

    Its a major DISAPPOINTMENT when the newspapers get entangled in their own stupid wars and hence start distorting things and destroying the image of certain credible people in our country. Just because Express Group did NOT get the distribution rights for the film you guys are stooping as low as this to take out your sting on the man who made that film and GEO ofcourse. Please show some respect and keep your yellow journalism for the sahafinama’s that come out in the evening….!!!!Recommend

  • Hamza
    Jun 25, 2011 - 6:26PM

    This is supposed to be a review? Lol more like a synopsis of the movie, learn to differentiate between the two please before spouting personal bias. Recommend

  • sara
    Jun 26, 2011 - 3:28AM

    what happened rafay? shoaib mansoor rip yr thesis apart did he? ;)

    and PS. amanda, shoaib mansoor didnt “want to tap into bollywood with atif aslam”!!!! atif aslam is VERY much a pakistani, who only occassionally sings for bollywood!!!!Recommend

  • Ather
    Jun 26, 2011 - 12:19PM

    wow lets just give the man a bloody award insert sarcasm……dont you people know what a decent film is like? This film is a mockery of entertainment more than that its a mockery of the entire issues hes trying tackle simply because the director doesnt understand them himself………………I say the reviewer let him off really lightly ……if I get into anymore detail as to why this film is piece of crap’ guys will start crying

    P.S who leaves an effeminate boy with truck drivers……certainly not the good guyRecommend

  • akbar sub
    Jun 26, 2011 - 3:15PM

    I watched it, the writer might have been over critical but guys it is one of most unbelievable stories of all time,I know that there is a lot of room for drama but not in a reality based film lik Bol.Shoaib Sb we all love plsaes dont be dishearted , just accept that its not that good..Plus more than the film you wasted Atif and the music is not what i xpected from the mastrmind of Vita Signs. I am soryy bit in cant say muchRecommend

  • Aim
    Jun 26, 2011 - 5:35PM


    save your time for bollywood movies!!!Recommend

  • Jady
    Jun 26, 2011 - 6:09PM

    The movie sucks big time … Recommend

  • shuja
    Jun 26, 2011 - 6:20PM

    wow shoiab strikes GOLD gain, wht a movie, this review is pathetic, in reality the movie will be highly liked by femaled. A hard hitting movie with a outstanding performance by SEHBAI. HUMAIRA MAILICK AND IMAN ALI. Atif aslam was ok. If Khuda Ke Liya was GOLD than BOL is a DIAMOND.!!!Recommend

  • Afaq Ayub
    Jun 27, 2011 - 2:46AM

    BOL is an Excellent movie, it shows us the bitter reality of our society.. i m disappointed by this article Recommend

  • bob
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:23PM

    My life is way too bitter for another bitter reality! Need some air, i wont mind Heila ki jawani at all!Recommend

  • Jun 28, 2011 - 11:14AM

    The review is written on June 22, by the time in which the movie isnt even released yet in lahore. Are u guys serious? Why do u wana spoil the viewers mood even before they watch the movie. At least take some time before publishing the reviews. And reviews does not include story details. For that one must add SPOILERS ALERT! Such an immature newspaper and immature articleRecommend

  • Jun 28, 2011 - 11:19AM

    By the way I cant expect any less imature article from a person who bashed pakistan’s coke studio while writing this about crappy Indian version:

    ‘Yet “Coke Studio” in India takes the cake because of the use of indigenous instruments and well-synchronised melodies’

    Go watch Tees maar Khan or something. Pakistani original things arent made for people like youRecommend

  • Sara Jamil
    Jun 28, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Although, I agree with with the technical and narrative problems that the film is loaded with, as a responsible journalist I would think a hundred times before writing such one sided, harsh, and to an extent unfair criticism.
    And about the advice; among his nine FILMFARE and five IIFA awards, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has atleast 2 super flop films. And the west is loaded with such examples as well.
    Besides, why should the future filmmakers wait around for the producers to cast their friendly eyes upon them? And since you mentioned tough times, the gems of Iranian cinema comes mostly from the underground!
    That is my two cent for you!Recommend

  • Mishele Ijaz
    Jun 28, 2011 - 7:38PM

    Like so many of the other commentors, I was disappointed with the review.
    According to me, you’re trying way too hard to find something wrong in the movie.

    No doubt some of your technical points may be valid, and yes, a review is bound to be opinionated, but then again, there’s a line between a journal and a review. Your tone fails to recognise that line.

    Since you’ve told us so much about your views, I’d like to add my own. I though it was well thought of, extremely well directed movie. I also don’t quite think that Atif Aslam had the pivotal role. The marriage between him and Ayesha didn’t cause major changes in the family, just the usual argument. Iman Ali was no doubt amazing, but her role was pivotal.

    However, I could be completely wrong, and you completely right, but the sad part for you my friend is, that there are more of me out there who enjoyed the movie and less of you who have so much knowledge they can no longer appreciate an effort.Recommend

  • Kaka Khan
    Jun 29, 2011 - 6:29PM

    Good Job Rafay , Well done excellent review the movie deserved it with all the hype that was created this is a perfect review. It was not just a bad movie it was a super bad movie i am yet to see some thing worst even the punjabi flicks with those obnoxious dances are better at least thats what you expect from them.

    Always remember friends that a writer doesnt write to please you ! A writer like Mr Rafay writes just for you to read and thats biggest success. His review made all of you not only read his article but also comment on it.

    I will call is a perfectly successful article / review :)

    Cheers Rafay Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Jun 29, 2011 - 8:17PM

    I am loving every person who is hating this god forsaken writer! BOL was WOW. There is no doubt in that. What else do you expect? An oscar all of a sudden? Shoaib Mansoor is making HISTORY!!! 50 years from now our children will be watching his movies and learning about the cruelties of our society back when we were kids!Recommend

  • Sara
    Jun 29, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Rafay… the song u criticised so harshly was Dil Janiya.. not Sajaniya.. n the women dancing on the tune were other three sisters NOT mahira and Humaima… you sure watched it with interest dude!!Recommend

  • hahahahah
    Jun 30, 2011 - 12:14PM

    @ Arsalan, how imaginitive!we need thinkers like you go join politicsRecommend

  • namra
    Jul 1, 2011 - 1:46PM

    well , you call this a review.It’s ridiculous :(Recommend

  • Jehanzeb Jehangiri
    Jul 2, 2011 - 8:48PM

    As we all know that Pakistani film industry needs a revival little did I know it is time that film critics need a revival too…
    I watched this film today and was blown away because it hit the right cords, the message it portrayed was strong and the acting was strong too may it be the sisters who didnt have much in the movie but they did their parts well… frankly this so called review seems to be more like a spat with SHOMAN because of some private reasons other than this i dont thing even a single sentence seems to provide the reader any justice to the film….
    Secondly the thing about the song sajania …. i know people like u who r so fond of Munni and Sheela will be disappointed because women in this film did not end up taking their clothes off for u instead that song showed a breath of fresh air in the home when the oppressive dad wasnt home…
    secondly … every song from din pareshaan,… and hona tha pyar were placed so immaculately in the film which helped it not become a formula film but a reality portrayal…
    if u hated the film so much u shouldnt have wasted all this time writing because when people really hate something they stop caring about it… but u did because u had so much time on ur hands and that happens when people like you have nothing better to do… it now questions the credibility that u even know anything abt films…
    for people like you there are films… such as Tees Mar khan why not try ur luck thereRecommend

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  • XXX
    Jul 2, 2011 - 10:58PM

    well BOL is bold somewhat but i think casting is very improper especially for the roles of Mahira Khan— who only manages to act as an over excited-cum-teeth showing character. Most of the time she comes across as more or less a lunatic. And then we have Iman ali who disappoints greatly in her role as well which ends up more like a scrawny dancing robot and a courtesan whos makeup is done like a model owing to again tried n tested makeup rutine for model Iman…! So sometimes the director must let go of their safe-options to suit the needs of characters better…. Mahima and Cheema both manages to add brilliance to the movie.Recommend

  • zainab
    Jul 3, 2011 - 1:43AM

    trust elitist trash like express tribune to have a one dimensional and biased review focusing on the technical issues of the film and not the message and the gripping story and dialogues. Its a pakistani production and pakistan is a third world country, so dont expect it to be some speilberg production! and this nonsense u r saying abt other countries poorer than us making better stuff well u just think that because they are foreign and its considered cool for a wannabe like u to like everything foreign. Recommend

    Jul 3, 2011 - 2:03AM

    this is ridiculous.You can only criticize others but cant make even worse movie.Dont be jealous of jang group. Recommend

  • Fahad Zahid
    Jul 3, 2011 - 2:13AM

    And there go 5 minutes of my precious time, reading the most ridiculous and biased review EVER. This review is so biased and so pointless that it disgusts me.

    Writing such a piece which exudes your already-held bias against the movie and its producers goes on to show WHY we have failed as a society, and as a nation. It is individuals like you, quite frankly that have failed us. This mentality of hitting your competitors with cheap blows, to do everything possible – disgusting and unethical, to retaliate against your competition. Would you have criticized Bol (in the same manner, even before its release to hurt its rating) had it been an Express Tribune production, not Geo’s? Yea, didn’t think so.

    There’s one thing that I can say with absolutely certainty: these unethical ways to hurt your competition, or to vent personal frustration, just because you have a medium (this paper/blog) to do so, might do you some good in the short run, but in the long run, Karma ALWAYS hits back, my friend. Recommend

  • XXX
    Jul 3, 2011 - 12:04PM

    Humaima actually……Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Jul 4, 2011 - 4:45AM

    shame on Express Tribune for publishing this…i wathed the movie with my whole family and loved it…finally a movie that you can watch with the family and come out having being enertained and moved. Great work, Shoaib Mansoor…great movie…Recommend

  • Umair
    Jul 4, 2011 - 5:06AM

    Every word is 110% correct…
    Its a great review.. I watched this movie :(
    Terrible story…Recommend

  • Dee
    Jul 4, 2011 - 10:53AM

    Read this article last week, watched Bol yesterday. Came back to say…yes the movie isn’t for people who enjoy Bollywood masala movies or stupid movies like Kill Bill.
    Bol depicts the reality of our society and many people, including this writer, are still in denial.
    About the technical details… well Mr. genius-know-it-all-writer we would like to watch a movie that you produce/direct. Recommend

  • Ayesha Babar
    Jul 4, 2011 - 3:18PM

    Which BOL did you watch?!!! Recommend

  • ML
    Jul 4, 2011 - 5:24PM

    bol is very mediocre. and instead of bashing a perfectly neutral review. watch the movie and decide for yourself. it is slow paced, lacks an overall impact factor. sure it has its moments funny and serious. but it does not leave the viewer touched or compelled enough to ponder on the MULTIFARIOUS issues addressed by shoaib mansoor in quite a hotch potch manner. unlike khuda ke liye, which was based on a very current hot topic then and that struck a cord in many of the hearts worldwide. the issues highlighted in BOL are present at a very low strata of the pakistani society and the people watching the movie surely do not belong to that class. so yeah, we read about ALL those issues in newspapers, hear them rampantly addressed in the media, so NO we didn’t need a lackluster movie about it. very disappointed. bad acting to top it all except for manzar sehbai, shafqat cheema and iman ali.Recommend

  • tahir hamid
    Jul 5, 2011 - 12:40AM

    BOL is a good movie that has some glitches but then its a good attempt and has good dialogues, music and good acting. Some of the critical reviews are pathetic. In my view. people should appreciate good movies and Pakistani movies. Its imperative that we do so. There are so many mediocre Indian movies that we sit and enjoy. why not enjoy our own stuff…….Recommend

  • Shahzad Ali
    Jul 5, 2011 - 9:51AM

    Rafay Mahmood, I just saw the movie last night and i then came and read your review about the movie again and i have a seriousl advice for you – I think you should serioulsy consider a career change.Recommend

  • sadaf
    Jul 5, 2011 - 10:09AM

    The film is a three-hour-long advertisement for family planning and the virtues of having a small family are repeatedly stated…. hahaha Nice one. One more thing I don’t know why shoaib mansoor directed films based on anti Islam although he is Christian how can he talk / criticize about our religion easily
    mostly people misguide about his name, he pottery islam and pakistan negatively all over the world
    there are many issues. Indian never go Anti religion and anti India dont know why pakistani do thisRecommend

  • Nida
    Jul 6, 2011 - 6:02PM

    Dude.. i read this review before the movie and i just read it again after having watched bol. the author is so off.. he doesn’t know what he’s talking about!! the movie is gripping. Manzar sehbai specifically acted really well!! atif aslam wasn’t even supposed to be a pivotal character.. i dont know how the author presumed that. all in all what a crappy review for a great movie.. definitely worth a watch. all of you reading the above review, here’s a piece of advice: disregard it completely.Recommend

  • Jul 20, 2011 - 12:26AM

    I have watched BOL … twice! And I just came across this review today, after reading a comment on’s wall that mentioned this review.

    And my my … is this review terrible, or is this pathetic!? Granted that a review is mostly one’s opinion, but such a venomous piece cannot be termed as a review. BOL is an outstanding movie in all respects – the acting, the editing, the screenplay, the cinematography and of course the direction!

    I was really fond of Tribune, and it’s reporting. I was slowly switching from Dawn to Tribune, but after reading this, I wonder what is Tribune’s editorial board doing letting such biased and venomous writings be published in their newspaper. This has tainted Tribune’s reputation (and of course, Mr. Rafay Mahmood’s reputation too … if there was any to start with).

    As for BOL, it’s a movie on serious issues. It’s a bold movie. Some people think it shouldn’t be watched with one’s parents, but that totally depends on the mindset of your parents/family. Avoid watching it with your parents IF they have a conservative approach to things. However, I do feel that it should be watched by everyone. It has a message … right till the end … when Shuja and Ahmed Jahanzeb sing in the background mumkin hai, mumkin hai … bahaar mumkin hai.


  • bilal
    Aug 1, 2011 - 2:23AM

    i watched bol and it was very gr8 i loved its music and cast Recommend

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