“Bol,” a 2011 Pakistani Urdu language social drama film, is a creation of the multi-talented Shoaib Mansoor, who served as the writer, director, and producer. This thought-provoking film showcases a stellar cast, including Humaima Malik, Atif Aslam, Mahira Khan, Iman Ali, Shafqat Cheema, Amr Kashmiri, Manzar Sehbai, and Zaib Rehman, who bring the lead characters to life with their remarkable performances.
Bol Urdu Movie 2011 Cast, Plot, Release, Box office
The movie introduces singer Atif Aslam and Mahira Khan in their debut roles. It revolves around a religious Muslim family that faces financial struggles due to a large number of children and societal changes. The story primarily focuses on the father’s longing for a son and his rejection of their intersex child. Bol received both critical acclaim and commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Pakistani films ever.
The film was associated with the PAIMAN project (Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns), a maternal and child health initiative. In 2009, The Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU.CCP) partnered with Shoaib Mansoor’s Shoman Productions to implement this project.
The film opens with Zainab (played by Humaima Malick), the protagonist, facing the imminent threat of execution by hanging. In her final moments, she seizes the opportunity to share her story with the media. Zainab comes from a family consisting of her parents, six sisters, and herself. Her father, Hakim, holds a strong desire for a son, believing that a male child would alleviate their financial struggles.
Within the family, there is an intersex child named Syed Saifullah Khan or Saifi (portrayed by Amr Kashmiri). Hakim holds a deep disdain for Saifi due to his intersex condition. However, the rest of the family wholeheartedly loves Saifi. Zainab, who has married a man, faces constant harassment from her husband for not being able to conceive.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Atif Aslam||Dr. Mustafa|
|Mahira Khan||Ayesha Mustafa|
|Manzar Sehbai||Hakim Sahib|
|Naima Khan||Master’s wife|
|Amr Kashmiri||Saifullah Khan|
|Meher Sagar||A young Saifi|
|Humaira Ali||Marriage Bureau Lady|
|Irfan Khoosat||Mustafa’s father|
|Rashid Khawaja||The President of Pakistan|
|Gulfam Ramay||GuL G|
In 2011 she appeared in a movie Bol and played a role of Suraiya Khan.
Amr Kashmiri, a renowned Pakistani actor and musician, gained significant fame for his debut performance in the movie Bol. His portrayal of Saifi, the intersex character in the film, garnered him considerable recognition and popularity among the audience.
Bol was released on 24 June 2011 under the banner of Geo Films. Bol also released in India on 31 August 2011, making it third Pakistani film, after Ramchand Pakistani and Khuda Kay Liye, to release in India. Apart from India, Bol was released in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, UAE and Australia on 31 August 2011.
Theatrical Release Poster
|Directed by||Shoaib Mansoor|
|Written by||Shoaib Mansoor|
|Screenplay by||Shoaib Mansoor|
|Produced by||Shoaib Mansoor|
|Music by||Atif Aslam
|Distributed by||Geo Films
Eros International Ltd.
|Release dates||24 June 2011 (Pakistan)
31 August 2011 (India & United Kingdom)
Bol created a groundbreaking milestone in the history of Pakistani cinema by setting a new box office record. The film achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the highest-grossing film in Pakistan during its initial week of release, surpassing all previous records. The previous record was held by the Bollywood movie “My Name Is Khan,” which earned PKR 13.417 million in its first week.
The film Bol, directed by Shoaib Mansoor, also had a notable soundtrack album released in 2011. Atif Aslam, who played one of the main roles in the film, shared in an interview prior to the movie’s release that he had contributed two songs to the soundtrack. He expressed his admiration for working with Shoaib Mansoor, describing him as an incredible and devoted individual.
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