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‘Bol’

September 12, 2011

MY ONLY COMPLAINT AGAINST ‘BOL’ :    LIKE ALL THEIR  TV ADS AND DRAMAS AND PICTURES, THIS PAKISTANI FILM TOO SEEMS LIKE A DOCUMENTARY TO ME AND THE FEELING WOULDN’T GO AWAY;  PROFESSIONALISM SEEMS TO BE LACKING; EDITING IS POOR, OVERALL VERY AMATEURISH.  STILL LET THIS NOT DISCOURAGE US FROM WATCHING ‘BOL’ A GOOD FILM.

First thing i wanna say is; SHAME ON BOLLYWOOD. TOLD THIS SEVERAL TIMES. REPEATING IT. WASTING SO MUCH RESOURCES, TALENT, TIME EVERYTHING IS SUCH A CRIME especially in a nation like ours. LIZARDS LIKE KAREENA AND KATRINA SHOULD HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME, ALSO THE ENTIRE USELESS KHAN CLAN. SHAME ON EUNUCHS LIKE KARAN JOHAR. INSTEAD OF SAIFI, KARAN COULD HAVE BEEN MURDERED HAHAHAHAHA !  (LOL JUST KIDDING!)

Alright coming to ‘Bol’ – gives me complete satisfaction of watching a full length meaningful film in hindi/urdu after a long, long time. Stopped forthwith watching all bollywood movies. ‘Bol’ reviews were everywhere. But the film is not released in south where Hindi is not spoken/known (except for a few interested parties like me). So i had no choice but to see it in u-tube.

Last night i saw upto part 9 in a sequence and left the final part for today. Today i found that the u-tube video is removed for copyright violation. Then i had to search again to find another u-tube video of the same.

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Believe me or not, its like BOL, most tamil/mallu films used to be down south. Thats why i hate hindi films so much. Even those few meaningful hindi movies like Sathiya are re-makes of original tamil film. From Billu Barber to Bodyguard, everything is lifted from south. But while remaking, the bollywood guys spoil the original script. Billu Barber original mallu film must be watched to see how much bollywood has MURDERED a good script/story.

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Bol is a film portraying local sentiments and culture. Very much possible to imagine such a scenario in India – NOT PRESENTLY BUT 20 YEARS BACK. So that explains how much India has moved forward while Pakistan remains stagnant.

Everyone praises Humaima Malik’s character, but i find that Hakim Sahib is the best characterization in the entire film. (BOL must be given an award just for this: for not having a young, handsome lead like SRK or even Atif Aslam or Ali Zafar but having an old defeated man who has ‘failure’ written all over him in the lead! kudos to director for turning this picture still into a commercial success!)

The man who acted as Hakim has virtually lived the role. Humaima is good enough – but i come from a society where women are MUCH STRONGER , so i am not much impressed.

I have seen men like Hakim Saab in my life too – typical. There are men like these in all societies, not just in Pakistan. The boy who acts as little Saifi is lovable, cuddleable. I have never had a soft corner for eunuchs – i know they are the result of a chromosome that goes wrong – one of wrong, inexplicable manipulations by nature – but i guess all of us have this reservation against the transsexuals – and blaming the society is not right for this. This is an inborn fear, aversion, distaste, whatever… but on seeing this film, i feel so much for the injustice God does to these innocent creations. They don’t deserve this.

I did cry at the start of the film and at the end. I like the old mahal-like house that is Hakim’s house. Now you cannot find houses like this anymore in India. Especially in cities like Chennai or Mumbai. Realtors will be at it before you know and a 100 apartments will spring up in its place each priced at a crore.

The building, if it exists and is not a setting, must be restored in my opinion.

There are communities like Kanjar even amongst Hindus. For eg, the Devadasi community is just like this. (ref: film Devdas). Again, its almost non-existent currently in India.  (rehabilitate them please)

Just like marriages between shia-sunni communities is frowned upon, inter-caste marriages are frowned upon in India until today. Once again, the borders are vanishing amongst states at fastest rate, division disappearing…

Reason is literacy level in think. I WANT TO POINT OUT 3 MAIN DIFFERENCES/CURIOUS THINGS FROM THE FILM HERE IN INDIAN/PAKISTANI CONTEXT:

1. First of all, we no more have such big families in India even in villages hopefully. Very rare to see a third child – and extremely rare to even come across a second child these days. Over 50% of my friends stopped with single child just like me,

My maternal grandfather, a B.Com., graduate,  underwent vasectomy after the birth of my aunt (my chithi). Only 2 daughters for them – my mom and my aunt.   My paternal grand dad also was a matriculate who even worked in Pakistan before partition.

My grand mother could read & write English and read the daily newspaper Hindu even if she never went to school (born 1926). My MIL (born 1937 – now 74 years old) studied upto class 6 and can write up cheques, fill up challans and can use an ATM !

This is just to show how literate our urban middle class population was even around the time of independence.

Literacy level in India is over 70% now with men averaging 77% and women under 70%, Women are at par with men in all fields.

Just because we drape saris and do our daily pooja – we must not be thought of as backward in any manner. Indian women are one of most progressive women communities in entire Asia.

But even in middle-east i get an impression – or rather the well-dressed but psychologically and sociologically backward Arab women try to impress upon you – that its they who are progressive! Alright, if that makes them happy…

The sort of liberty and advancement women in India have cannot even be imagined by Arab women.

But my salute to Pakistani women – if given a chance, nothing can stop them either. From what i see, they are very smart – all though i cannot say the same about their men hahahahaha !

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Secondly, why is the city looking so dirty and old? I mean Indian cities are also dirty, overcrowded etc etc. I was watching Karachi in Geo & Samaa tv in Doha – and i feel its very unfair to compare Karachi with Mumbai. Agreed, Daravi is Mumbai’s largest slum – but even Daravi could be changing shortly. Mumbai is one of most progressive, GROWING CITIES of India,of the world. Whereas Karachi & Lahore seem to be decaying to my eyes.

Ofcourse, i should not base my judgement just seeing a film or seeing some news casts in tv. Still i can say, Mumbai has moved on, India has moved on – whereas Paksitan and its cities have come to a standstill.

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Thirdly, the power-cut scenario/thermos lamp scenes represent an eerie present day situation in Pakistani. Cannot see Indian cities like that dwelling in darkness. After 10 years, Chennai had load shedding of 1 hr only this year. Bangalore has some – its because Bangalore is headquarters to many multinational software corps that thirst forever for more power. But what excuse can Pakistan give?

The film moves mostly in the shades of darkness – but don’t worry director Mani Ratnam from Chennai is well known for shooting in semi-darkness most of his films.

The gloomy darkness though seems to complement the heavy and sad subject. Suits it just fine.

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Bol is still a very gripping film to watch. Eldest daughter taking on father is again commonplace even in India. Most talk of eldest son in the family. Who talks of the sacrifices of the eldest daughter in the family?

I do know some eldest daughters living until today – a couple of whom even had forgone their marriages so they could support their families. Just like Zainab in this film. Unsung heroines. I am one eldest daughter too hahahahaha ! We are the walls who bear everything and protect the younger ones from much damage. But who gives us the credit?

Eldest daughters in the family are also privy to many family matters. What i knew in my 10th year, my sis Jay did not even know/care to know after her 20th year as well. To that extent, an eldest born daughter is a pillar to the family.

Good attempt & direction by Shoaib Mansoor. I thought Urdu might be a problem for me but i could grasp over 95% of the film straight away. Colloquial urdu is ok i think – only their news presentations are tough (must be shudh urdu !) (i can speak simple hindi – not a racy dialect)

MINUS POINT OF THE FILM: NOT ENOUGH GRIEF OR ANGER IS SHOWN FOR SAIFI’S MURDER WHICH IS INEXPLICABLE. Editing is not good enough.

Instead of getting a surgery done on her mom, Zainab could have castrated (hahaha) Hakim, her father – then all problems would have been solved automatically. Saifu would have lived too – because, in this condition, Hakim might have realised what it is to be born like Saif !

What a tragedy!

In India now – the exact opposite is true.

WOMEN ARE EARNING LIKE ANYTHING NOW IN MY CITY/INDIA.

For my bro, when we wanted to see a girl, we were asked to come by either morning 6 or night after 9 as the girls were working for software corps earning min 30,000 bucks her month. My bro wanted a teacher – but we got only engineer or BDS girls – over qualified. Also no girls under 25 years now. They are all already 28-30 years old now. Mostly single child/or in a family of 2 kids only.

Repeating this i think: domestic violence is prevalent in Indian society too – but a man can go to jail for 6 months for slapping his wife. Law is on the woman’s side. Any death of a married woman upto 7 years of marriage automatically draws an RTO inquiry. If a wife complains of dowry harassment, her husband & in-laws will have to get behind bars FOR THE NON-BAILABLE OFFENCE and the onus of proving innocence lies with the husband, not WIFE ! So beware of Indian girls! That is why Ayesha Siddiqui got her way with Shoaib.

The social progress India has made in the last 60 years is remarkable. Family planning is most natural & considered an important factor of health – and even women in villages know better than urban women. Men in India don’t feel shy to undergo vasectomy – none thinks in my country, its an affront to one’s manhood to undergo the surgery.

For summation i would say, Pakistan has a long way to catch up with even a nation like India. Although we look backward in certain areas, we have made an immense progress when it comes to human resources development and society in general. I have not seen such an outlook even in small & modern looking nation Malaysia.

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Build more schools. Family planning is a must – having more than 2 kids is a crime in today’s world. Only if these 2 parameters are met, any society will have hope for a bright future. If these 2 are taken care of, rest of the things will fall in place automatically.

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Once more, hats off to Shoaib Mansoon for giving me the ultimate satisfaction of watching a good film after a long, long time.

I can recommend a good no. of old/present genre south indian films that can match ‘BOL’ scene by scene, frame by frame.

Good work, keep it up.

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No shame in telling the world the truth. Why are Pakistanis critical of this film? Because it is washing their dirty linen in public? Its a good film – don’t just see it, BOL THE TRUTH AND LIVE THE TRUTH. Make a change.

You are competing with India in everything – comparing yourselves with India in every issue. Can you believe, this story might be true with India SOME 20-30 YEARS BACK?

I am not talking of crimes of those types committed on such poor & helpless humans like Saifu. Crimes happen everywhere.

I am talking of the general scenario in the film – the family set-up. the society’s backwardness, everything.

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Lastly, Atif Aslam – is there and not there in the film. He looks just like any other neighbourhood guy. He could get lost in Indian society without drawing a second glance. His music is ok but not upto the mark in this picture.

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BOLLYWOOD GUYS WAKE UP: jUST watched a song from ‘Ra One’ in which Kareena is delivering SRK’s child in New York. What is this? When will these mentals learn? SRK looks like an old haggard. SRK – Rajni is like this in 60. But you are already an old man in your 40s.

Robot is a film visualized, pictured and made 100% completely in CHENNAI CITY ONLY. Only Na-layaks like SRK & Karan Johar might wanna go to United states for that.

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Finally, (really) – there is so much common between Pakistan & India. Its amazing. I don’t feel like watching a foreign film – Bol gave me a sensation as if i was watching a local film. Everyone looks & speaks like Indian.

So i can’t help wondering, what went wrong between us?

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