Bol Film Analysis

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Abstract: This paper explore the issue of gender discrimination in Pakistani patriarchal society in a film Bol directed by Shoaib Mansor. Feminist theory is used as a major theoretical framework for this research. The paper is analyzed by the qualitative method and the descriptive analysis. Feminist Julia Kristeva’s assumptions regarding "gender discrimination" are involved in theoretical background. According to her, women have been reduced to reproduction and maternal function as presented in Bol movie. The character of Zainaib and her mother (Suraiya) is portrayed as a victim of male chauvinist society. Kristeva’s notion of abjection as a cause of oppression and discrimination help to shed light on the oppression and subordination…show more content…
When Islam does not discriminate against a woman and gives equal rights to it. Paper reveals the domination of men over women, women remain restricted within the boundries made by men of piety and honor while men hold the power to decide ultimately. Story is about a girl zainab who is sentenced to death. As her last wish she is allowed to tell her story in front of media. Her parents had a lot of daughters and then her mother gave birth to a child who is transgender and named SaifUllah. Zainab got married and returned home after separation and meanwhile their financial situation deteriorated. She gets her mother operated so that she could no longer give birth. Hakeem sahib got infuriated after knowing the matter. One day Zainab finds Saifi dressed in women’s clothes and gets disturbed. Mustafa gets saifi to a guy who paints trucks. One day Saifi is raped and after knowing this Hakim suffocates saifi to death with a plastic bag. To keep it a secret he must bribe the police officer with two lakhs. He is forced to take money from masjid fund and then to go to Saqa kanjer in order to earn money to pay his debts back. The…show more content…
Later Meena comes to Hakim sahib’s house to give him the baby. Upon finding out who the baby was, Hakim’s wife screams at him and he beats her up. She tells her daughter what happened and Zainab that they will all leave the house. At night Saqa arrives to take meena’s daughter, hakim tries to kill the daughter but he himself was killed by Zainaib with a fatal knock on the head. They hide the baby and tell Saqa that Hakim killed and disposed off the baby. Back in the present, a reporter Rashida keeps trying to prove that Zainab is innocent but fails. Zainab says that why killing someone is a crime and giving birth is not. She said that she took revenge from her father. She asks why people give birth to children if they couldn’t feed them. She is then hanged. After watching this newscast the president schedules a meeting with the question asked by Zainaib. At the end everything changes and the rest of the family open up a restaurant called zainab’s
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