Story : Bol is the story of Hakeem Sahib, who resides in Lahore and has 14 children in total, but out of them- only seven daughters and a son survive. He hates everyone and uses religion to control them. The house is always threatened by the father, either through religion or by force. Eventually his daughter decides to voice out her opinion and when all her attempts fail she happens to kill her father. The killing brings her on the verge of being hanged. Eventually she is hanged, but leaves people with few questions in their minds, the most important one being ‘if you cannot feed your children, why do you give birth to them? Review : Bol is a roller coaster ride of emotions, an inspiring bold movie that takes you through sensitive gender issues and troubles, regarding family planning in the society. Director Shoaib Mansoor has treated the challenging subject really well and the film doesn't seem like a three hour long public advertisement on family planning. The first half is inspiring, though the screenplay in the second half is not that gripping with unnecessary insertion of music. But overall the film is refreshing and tells you about the virtues of small family without being preachy. Star Cast : The movie definitely belongs to Humaima Malik, who plays the elder daughter and Manzar Sehbai (the father). All the actors blend into their role very well. The performance of Manzar Sehbai and Humaima Malik is remarkable and definitely stands out. Shafqat Cheema looks impressive, while Iman Ali looks sensuous in her Meena Kumari and Umrao Jaan avatar with the ‘tehzeeb’ oozing out in every frame. The balanced contrast that she brings between being a slangy punjaaban and a serene lady in her character is remarkable. Atif Aslam is convincing, while Mahira Khan looks plastic like and doesn't quite suit the role with her perfect diction and ultra glamorous look. Direction: The name ‘Shoaib Mansoor’ comes up with lot of expectations after his impressive debut with the critically acclaimed ‘Khuda Kay Liye’. He is an impressive story teller, but ‘Bol’ does not surpass the effect that ‘Khuda Kay Liye ‘ had. It serves as a wakeup call and makes you shiver, as you see the religious extremism going too far. The director shows the complexity of the circumstances and struggles of life, quite effortlessly. On the flipside, the climax is too good to be true and lacks realistic parameters. Dialogues/Cinematography/Music: Humaima’s last dialogue 'Jab khila nahin sakte, to paida kyon karte ho‘ (If you can’t feed your children, why do you give birth to them) leaves a lot of questions unanswered and is hard-hitting enough to leave an impact. The dialogues on religious extremism and virtues of family planning are quite impactful and beautifully executed by all the actors. Camera work complements this issue based film and gives out an expressive and a detailed content. Close up and blur shots have actually brought out the mood perfectly and these let out the emotions perfectly. Music ‘Hona tha Pyaar’ is quite romantic for its charming melody; ‘Din Pareshan Hai’ is quite emotional and dramatic. Ups and Downs: The movie is surely recommended, as it is one of the finest movies Pakistan has ever produced. It will take you through a roller coaster ride of emotions with awe-inspiring performances. It’s quite conceptual and realistic and director Shoaib Mansoor deserves all accolades for presenting such a challenging subject without making it ‘un-Islamic’.