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Pakistan Film Festival unspools in Hanoi

The critically and commercially acclaimed Pakistani feature film "Bol" will be presented at the Pakistan Film Festival in Hanoi tomorrow/Viet Nam News

Publication Date : 27-09-2012


The silver screen at Hanoi's Cinematheque is receiving a final polish as it prepares to showcase the Pakistan Film Festival which starts tomorrow.

The event, hosted by the Embassy of Pakistan in Hanoi, will kick off at 7 p.m. with a screening of the critically and commercially acclaimed Pakistani feature film "Bol".

A social drama, the movie follows a religious family battling financial difficulties and changing social attitudes, with a major plot involving the father's unwillingness to accept a hijra (transgender) son.

Released in June 2011, the 165-minute film was directed and produced by Shoaib Mansoor and was a box office smash.

It became the highest earning film in Pakistan in its first week of release, breaking all previous records.

The previous record was held by Bollywood movie "My Name Is Khan", which grossed 13,417 million Pakistani rupee (US$143 million) in its first week, whereas "Bol" took 62,792 million rupee in six days.

The Pakistani Ambassador to Vietnam, Shahid M G Kiani said: "The movie received high reviews from critics for the excellent portrayal of a family facing various challenges and how they resolve them. I am sure you will like this film immensely."

It went on to receive the Best Hindi film award at the IRDS Film awards 2011 by the Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences, or IRDS.

"Bol" also received highly positive reviews from media.

The Bollywood Hungama, a leading Bollywood entertainment website described it as: "A brilliant film embellished with bravura performances". Likewise, The Times of India, an Indian English-language daily newspaper, described the film as "topical and thought-provoking".

The festival opening ceremony takes place at 6.30 p.m. at the Cinematheque, 22A Hai Ba Trung Street, consisting of a reception followed by the film screening.

US$1 = 94.8 Pakistani rupee


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