September, 27 2012 10:21:18

Pakistan Film Festival unspools in Ha Noi


Revealing: The critically and commercially acclaimed Pakistani feature film Bol will be presented at the Pakistan Film Festival in Ha Noi tomorrow.
HA NOI  (VNS)— The silver screen at Ha Noi'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 Ha Noi, will kick off at 7pm 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 PKR 13,417 million (US$143 million) in its first week, whereas Bol took PKR 62,792 million in six days.

The Pakistani Ambassador to Viet Nam, 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 (IRDS).

Bol also received highly positive reviews from newspapers.

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 6.30pm at the Cinematheque, 22A Hai Ba Trung Street, consisting of a reception followed by the film screening. — VNS

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