“Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manto taps into every feeling and mood of his complex erudite character” – Subhash K Jha Review


Directed by Nandita Das

Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Duggal,Tahir Raj Bhasin.

Jaane wohkaise log the jinke pyar ko pyar mila….Echoing the disenchantment of a post-Nehruvian generation trapped between Partition and modernization, Guru Dutt in Pyaasa epitomized the poet’s disenchanment with a world he never asked for.Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaye toh kya hai?

Saadat Haasan Manto was poet posing as a prose writer. He thought and responded to social stimuli like a true poet, When his best friend Shyam (the matinee idol of the 1940s who died young after falling off a horse) blurts out that during the post-Partition communal riots he would have killed any Muslim, including Manto, Manto knew it was time to quit India.

When Nandita Das’s Saadat Haasan Manto leaves Mumbai for Lahore, the film and the protagonist falls into a melanlcholic, meditative mood mourning the passing of an
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