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The film is a biographical account of writer Saadat Hasan Manto's life and is set in 1940s India.

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Nandita Das

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Nandita Das
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Saadat Hasan Manto
Rasika Dugal ... Safia
Tahir Raj Bhasin ... Shyam
Nazma Ali Shaikh Nazma Ali Shaikh ... Sarita
Ashwini Giri ... Sarita's mother
Neeraj Sood Neeraj Sood ... Kishori
Purab Kohli ... Kifaayat
Swanand Kirkire ... Shahab
Chittaranjan Tripathy Chittaranjan Tripathy ... Anwar
Vihaan Das Maskara Vihaan Das Maskara ... Boy on the bar
Nishith Dadhich Nishith Dadhich ... Director
Sunil Kamath Sunil Kamath ... Cameraman
Priyanka Misal Priyanka Misal ... Princess
Suhas Joshi Suhas Joshi ... Swami ji
Rishi Kapoor ... Producer
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Storyline

The film follows the most tumultuous four years in the life of Manto and that of the two countries he inhabits - India and Pakistan. In Bombay's seedy-shiny film world, Manto and his stories are widely read and accepted. But as sectarian violence engulfs the nation, Manto makes the difficult choice of leaving his beloved Bombay. In Lahore, he finds himself bereft of friends and unable to find takers for his writings. His increasing alcoholism leads him into a downward spiral. Through all of this, he continues to write prolifically, without dilution. This is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man who tries to make sense of it all.

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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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Saadat Hasan Manto's (1912-1955) short stories set during the devastating partition of the Indian subcontinent were his defining works.[19] These irreverent, unflinching but deeply humane stories, earned him the wrath of the British Indian government and later of Pakistan. The stories were deemed obscene by the courts and he spent his last years fighting legal battles to defend his right to write. Today, his work is seen by both scholars and the reading public as one of the most authentic and independent accounts of the human tragedy of those years. See more »

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Referenced in Raftaar & Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Mantoiyat (2018) See more »

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Subtitles spoiled the whole film! Should have been more accurate and honest about Manto's life.
22 September 2018 | by manubhatt3See all my reviews

If you are one of those people who hate English subtitles in a Hindi movie, my sincere suggestion to you is to check before-hand if the subtitles are shown in the show you are going to watch.

I watched this movie, at INOX Bhubaneswar. God knows, who is the culprit behind this idiocy.

Apart from that, the movie is good, atleast from what I was able to make of it, despite the difficulty and frustration in understanding the dialogues, because of the subtitles. The acting of Nawaz is terrific. The insertion of his short-stories, into the film, is also well-done and blends near perfectly.

One thing, which I didn't like and was clearly avoidable, was the fact that the movie is not completely sincere, honest and accurate in it's depiction of Manto's life. For example, Manto started facing court trials in India only, and it did not start in Pakistan. He faced fine in only one of the total of six trials he faced. I am not fully aware of the financial hardships faced by him, but the effect and impact of the fine or the court decision, certainly seemed a bit exaggerated.


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