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A story of a 20th-century writer "Manto", who grew-up in the showbiz industry of Bombay (now Mumbai) and Lahore. It focuses the last seven years of writers life during which he wrote some ... See full summary »


Shahid Nadeem
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Credited cast:
Sania Saeed ... Safiya / Beghum Manto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shamoon Abbasi Shamoon Abbasi ... Talochan Singh
Danyal Adam Khan Danyal Adam Khan ... Hamid Jalal
Nadia Afghan Nadia Afghan
Hina Khawaja Bayat Hina Khawaja Bayat
Nimra Bucha Nimra Bucha
Mohammed Hanif Mohammed Hanif
Adnan Jaffar Adnan Jaffar
Mahira Khan ... Madaran
Irfan Khoosat Irfan Khoosat
Sarmad Sultan Khoosat Sarmad Sultan Khoosat ... Manto
Savera Nadeem Savera Nadeem
Saba Qamar ... Noor Jehan
Faysal Qureshi Faysal Qureshi
Afraz Rasool Afraz Rasool
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A story of a 20th-century writer "Manto", who grew-up in the showbiz industry of Bombay (now Mumbai) and Lahore. It focuses the last seven years of writers life during which he wrote some of his most controversial stories, such as Thanda Gosht, Toba Tek Singh, Madari and Peshawar Se Lahore. For these Manto had to face charges of obscenity thrice. Written by Umair

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It was actually a 23 episode series which was turned down by almost all the tv channels in Pakistan because of the bold content discussed in it. Then Sarmad and his team edited it and shaped it up into a movie See more »

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So Manto !
2 October 2015 | by UsmanSyedSee all my reviews

The rebellious writer that challenged everything gets a deserving movie. To be honest i was ready to be disappointed when i walked into the cinema as my experience with Waar wasn't very good to put it in light words. The movie is shot and directed brilliantly with some of the best camera work i have seen in a Pakistani movie. The soundtrack of this movie kinda shakes your core and really submerges you into the movie.Being a Ghalib fan i must say the modern renditions of the classic ghazals are not that bad (Jagjit Singh still owns it though). The acting of the movie is very good in fact i was very surprised when Fasial Qureshi showed up. He in his screen time of 5 minutes totally kills it and steals the spotlight, this guy is like the Leo Dicaprio of Pakistani cinema (TV dramas included). Sarmad Khosa's acting gets better as the movie progresses and he delivers some of his best acting in the last 10-20 minutes of the movie. The only gripe i have with this movie is that the sudden tonal changes catch you off guard and makes it confusing. For one second you get a funny scene and the very next scene gets so dark that you just go from "haha" to "WTF?" in 2 seconds. The movie has some flow problems, there were some sudden changes in scenes that i couldn't understand. Also it doesn't quiet explain the character of Manto as it should.But having said that this movie is definitely worth a watch or 2 at your local cinema and deserves all the praise its getting not like that over hyped WAAR which was a complete disaster. Bilal Lashari take some lessons from Sarmad Khosa on how to direct a movie please.

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11 September 2015 (Pakistan) See more »

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