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    After the extremely relevant but less-than-professional Khuda Kay Liye, Shoaib Mansoor returns with Bol, a film that squarely takes on the issue of discrimination of women and questions the quest for sons by families at the risk of poverty and starvation. Not only has Mansoor delivered a landmark film for Pakistani cinema, this time round it is a much neater effort.

    The story is long and has several chapters. At the center of it is a Hakim's family consisting his wife and seven daughters. A hardliner Muslim, the Hakim is even loathe to interact with sects outside his own. Destitution is upon them but his drive to seed his wife with a son is unconquerable.

    She meekly complains, he retorts with "There is not enough food only because you cook so well. Also, you only beget daughters." When a eunuch is born to him, he wants to murder the offspring. His daughters are up in protest, especially forward-thinking Zainab (Humaima Malick), and her father does not hesitate to physically batter her at his whim. "Mard hain na," she says, "jahan lajawab hue wahan haath chal gaya."

    Mansoor tries hard to keep his characters grey and even in the case of the Hakim - who is not exactly a superhero you're rooting for - he creates moments (a cop forces him to pay a bribe, a pimp offers him a loan to wed a tawaif) where you can't help but see from his point of view and (somewhat) sympathise as he is forced to question his own beliefs and challenge Allah's will. He even loves his cricket.

    What works for Bol are the intersections of the modern and archaic, good and bad, faith and practicality, destiny and the will to change it.

    Hakim's neighbors are broad-minded and a lovely couple whose kids -daughter included - are studying to become doctors.

    The son (Atif Aslam) has been in love with his neighbour Ayesha (Mahira Khan Askari) for a long time and often he sneaks her out to show her a life she's missing. So here we have a burkha-clad woman playing mini-golf, learning the guitar, and living the life of a rockstar.

    It seems farfetched in hindsight but Mansoor pulls it off. Meanwhile, Zainab shoulders all responsibility as she puts her life on the line trying to rescue her family from her traditionalist father. Their confrontations are brutal; his wrath emphatic, her opposition spirited.

    What doesn't work? The frame story is given too much time and importance, a long buildup to a cringe-worthy rape scene (there could've been a far better alternative) and the bits where the movie descends into a preachy mode.

    The film's low budget is not a hindrance; in fact Mansoor shoots mainly indoors, using the confines of the family's house to underline the claustrophobia. Good music, accomplished performances, and tidy technical aspects complete an engaging, relevant, and insightful social drama that is sure to strike a chord with audiences. This is true, bold cinema.

    What works for Bol are the intersections of the modern and archaic, good and bad, faith and practicality, despair and the will to change it.

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    aw3s0mee movie must watch

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    yeah nice movie

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