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June 24, 2011 Urdu Super Hit




Bol was part of an entertainment education project by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU.CCP) which entered in a partnership with Shoaib Mansoor’s Shoman Productions in 2009. The objective of the project was to advocate for women’s rights by bringing the focus of media and the elite of Pakistan to family planning and gender issues. The Country Representative of JHU.CCP, Fayyaz Ahmad Khan served as the Executive Director of the movie. The film was reviewed by the Central Board of Film Censors in Lahore on 8 November 2010 and received its approval the next day.[5] Bol is set in Lahore and many students from National College of Arts’ (NCA) filmmaking department have assisted Shoaib Mansoor on it.








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Genre: Drama l Fiction Color: Run Time: NC



Credited cast:

 Humaima Malik as Zainab (eldest daughter)
 Atif Aslam as Mustafa (Ayesha’s husband)
 Mahira Khan as Ayesha (Second sister)
 Manzar Sehbai as Hakim Sahib (Father)
 Eman Ali  as Meena/Sabina (Courtesan)
image not aval Zaib Rehman as Suraiya (Mother)
image not aval Mahnoor Khan as Mahnoor (Third sister)
image not aval Meher Sagar as Young Saifi
image not aval Amir Kashmiri as Saifi (Brother/hijra)
 Khayam Sarhadi
 Irfan Khosat as Mustafa’s father
 Shafqat Cheema as Saqa Kanjar (Panderer)

Complete credited cast: NC


Film Details with Crew

Released Date:

June 24, 2011

31 August 2011 (India and United Kingdom)


Geo Films

Eros International Ltd.

Shoman Productions


Shoaib Mansoor
Fatima Jeelani


Shoaib Mansoor

Writer / Story:

Shoaib Mansoor


Shoaib Mansoor


Shoaib Mansoor
Imran Raza
Sajjad Ali
Ayub Khawar


Salman Raza Khan
Kamran Qaiser


Atif Aslam
Shoaib Mansoor
Sajjad Ali
Ahmed Jahanzeb
Hadiqa Kiyani


Atif Aslam

Sarmad Ghafoor
Baqir Abbas

Hadiqa Kiani

Sajjad Ali

Ahmed Jahanzeb

Shuja Haider

Shabnam Majeed

Sahir Ali Bagga

Bina Jawad

  1. Aaj bol do – Atif Aslam, Hadiqa Kiani (Lyrics – Ayub Khawar) Music – Atif Aslam, Sarmad Ghafoor
    Bol background – Baqir Abbas (Music – Shoaib Mansoor)
    Dil jaaniya – Hadiqa Kiani (Lyrics and Music – Shoaib Mansoor)
    Din pareshan Hai- Sajjad Ali (Lyrics – Ali Moeen, Sajjad Ali) Music – Sajjad Ali
    Hona tha Piyar – Atif Aslam, Hadiqa Kiani, Faiza Mujahid (Lyrics and Music – Ali Javed)
    Mumkin hai – Ahmed Jahanzeb, Shuja Haider (Lyrics and Music – Shoaib Mansoor)
    Sayyan bolain – Shabnam Majeed, Sahir Ali Bagga, Bina Jawad (Lyrics and Music – Shoaib Mansoor)





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Drama l Fiction

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Bol starts with protagonist, Zainab (Humaima Malik), about to be hanged. She tells her story to media right before this happens. She grew up with six sisters, a mother and a father. The father always wanted a son so that the son could help with the financial issues of the family; the father doesn’t believe in women being gainfully employed. They have a transgender child (khawajah sara in Urdu) named Saifi (Amr Kashmiri). The father (Hakim) doesn’t like Saifi since she identifies as a girl. Saifi is deeply loved by the rest of her family. Zainab is married to a guy who keeps harassing her for not giving birth to a child. Hence, she comes back to her father’s house. Zainab’s mom keeps giving birth to babies that are born dead. Zainab has a tubal ligation done for her. When Hakim (Manzar Sehbai) finds out, he becomes very angry. One day, Zainab sees Saifi dressed in women’s clothes gets disturbed. Hakim owns a small traditional pharmacy and is approached by a man, who asks Hakim to teach the Quran to children, since Hakim is a very religious man who has bonds with the mosque. Hakim initially refuses because the man is running a brothel. Meanwhile the mosque gives him some money to keep, since they believe him to be trustworthy. Mustafa (Atif Aslam), a neighbour, gets Saifi a job at a place where they paint trucks. There, Saifi is harassed there because others discriminate against her identification as a woman. One day Saifi is raped. Another transgender person, played by Almas Bobby (who in real life is a transgender person), finds her and takes her home. Hakim overhears Saifi telling her mother and Zainab what happened. Later on, when everybody is asleep, Hakim suffocates his child, Saifi to death with a plastic bag. He must bribe the police officer it a secret with two lakhs. Hakim is forced to take the money out of the masjid funds. The masjid asks for the funds, and Hakim doesn’t have enough money. He is forced to go to the Saqa’s house to get it. Teaching children the Quran isn’t giving him enough money, so Saqa gives him another option. He must get married to Hakim and have a baby with Meena (Iman Ali) who is one of the prostitutes and is the Saqa’s (Shafqat Cheema) oldest daughter. Hakim keeps having girls, and Saqa tells him that it is the men who creates the gender. Zainab gets Ayesha (Mahira Khan) and Mustafa married since Hakim found another man at the masjid and wants to get Ayesha married. Simultaneously, Hakim marries Meena. When Hakim finds out about Ayesha’s marriage, he is furious but can’t do anything about it. Meena has her baby, and it is a girl meaning Saqa gets to keep it. Hakim begs Meena to give him the baby so that the child doesn’t have to face a horrible future. Saqa overhears and kicks Hakim out. Later on, Meena comes to give Hakim’s family the baby. When Hakim’s wife asks who that women was, he takes her and tells her that he married Meena. She screams at him, and he beats her up. The mother tells the kids what happened, and Zainab insists they all leave the house and move somewhere to start a new life.At night, Saqa comes to take the daughter, since Meena was not supposed to give it to Hakim. Hakim tries to kill the daughter to keep the daughter from a horrible future. He is killed by Zainab by a fatal knock on the head. They hide the baby. Zainab tells Saqa that Hakim killed the baby and threw her out somewhere; she tells him that she killed Hakim, which is why she is being given the death penalty. Back in the present, a reporter keeps trying to prove she is innocent but is unable to. Zainab ends by asking that why is only killing a sin? Why isn’t giving birth, without any family planning, a sin? Then she is hanged. The president sees the reporter’s newscast that ends with that question and schedules a meeting with the topic the same as the question. In the end, the daughters open up a restaurant called Zainab’s Cafe, which becomes very successful. They also raise their new half-sister, Meena‘s daughter.


Honors and Awards

  • The film has won the following awards at Lux Style Awards
  • Best Film Bol by Shoaib Mansoor
  • Best Film Actor Manzar Sehbai
  • Best Film Actress Humaima Malik 
  • The film has won the following awards on other awards events.
  • Best Film Actor Manzar Sehbai at the 2012 SAARC Film Awards
  • Best Film Actress Humaima Malik at the London Asian Film Festival
  • Best Film Bol by Shoaib Mansoor at the London Asian Film Festival
  • Best New Talent Amr Kashmiri at the London Asian Film Festival
  • Best Lead Actress Humaima Malick at the South Asian Rising Star Film Awards
  • Best Film of the Year 2011 at the Pakistan Media Awards
  • Best Film Actress Humaima Malik at Pakistan Media Awards



  • Best Performance by an Actress Humaima Malick at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards
  • Best Feature Film Bol by Shoaib Mansoor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards
  • Best Film Actor Atif Aslam at Pakistan Media Awards
  • Best Playback Singer Atif Aslam at Pakistan Media Awards
  • Song of the Year Hadiqa Kiyani at Lux Style Awards
  • Best Original Sound Track Hadiqa Kiyani at Lux Style Awards
  • Song of the Year Atif Aslam at Lux Style Awards
  • Best Original Sound Track Atif Aslam at Lux Style Awards



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