Bol (Punjabi, Urdu) - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

The heart doesn't reach out to any of Bol's characters. It is slow and gets repetitive and preachy about serious topics like mistreatment of the girl-child and sexual orientation. The treatment doesn't let you get too involved.



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16 reviewers have given Bol an average rating of 3.8/5.0 (?)

10 yays
2 nays
4 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anjum Shabbir, Bollywood Chaska ...I’m all for supporting emerging cinema and believe in time we’ll be watching more and more films coming out of Pakistan, so would definitely encourage those interested in watching more meaningful cinema with a social message to give this a shot.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...a courageous film that has the guts to expose issues plaguing the society. ... full review

Thumbs up Buzz in Town ...Bol is Bold. ... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar of the finest movies Pakistan has ever produced... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...Atif Aslam as Mustafa, the neighbour who falls in love with one of Hakim's younger daughter, too pitches in with a fine performance. ... full review

Thumbs up by Satyen K Bordoloi, Now ...To see a Pakistani film that is better than most commercial Indian films, is embarrassing. "Bol", despite its few flaws, becomes that minor masterpiece that eclipses Bollywood.... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Bol deserves a watch for its sheer brilliance in acting as well as storyline. It leaves behind questions that shake many rigid notions without getting preachy. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shaikh Ayaz, Rediff ...tears open the dichotomies and contradictions that make Pakistan what it is. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The film is not without glitches. The world of the sisters is too sanitized. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, Times of India ...And with the outlook of the film focused only on domestic issues, the director refrains from giving any political overtones to Hakim's characterization and attributes his extremism to his orthodox upbringing and bigoted beliefs.... full review

So-So by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Strong And Impactful ... full review

So-So by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...moving, but also underwhelming... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...The roots of Bol lie firmly in Pakistan’s contemporary reality, but its heart seems to be more in consonance with the traditions of commercial Mumbai movies than with the cinema of protest that it aspires to be.... full review

So-So by Stutee Ghosh, Planet Bollywood ...Then there are slips in the story and characterization that is unpardonable. The girls, their outlook and mannerisms do not bear witness to the tag of being uneducated and "paachvi - paas".... full review

Thumbs down by Zia Ahmad, DearCinema ...Bol is not necessarily a bad film. This doesn’t mean Bol is a good film either, in fact far far away it sails lazily in the seas of mediocrity.... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The only really abiding reason to watch it is the lead performance by Malik.... full review