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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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Nandita Das on the Importance of 'Manto' Today

At Cannes, Manto director Nandita Das and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui talk about bringing Saadat Hasan Manto's story alive. The movie releases across theaters in India this Sept. 21.

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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:

India

Language:

Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Манто See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The poster of the film was unveiled at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Connections

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

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Vocals by Rekha Bhardwaj
Lyrics by Dibakar Banerjee & Sneha Khanwalkar
Music by Sneha Khanwalkar
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Can't rate something PRICELESS
22 September 2018 | by rajesh-puvvadaSee all my reviews

Struggle for the freedom of expression during the turbulent times of partition!! The sliver of those times well presented with some fantastic and powerful story telling from the bold and repulsive pen of Munto!!

*Not* for entertainment seekers. It's for those who can sink inside the every character's mind and try to explore the circumstantial sense of every scene.

Nandita Das has written and directed this by literally living in those characters and times.

I am afraid that the time pass movie goers may complain of boredom and classify this movie a documentary. Nevertheless they may still look at others watching the movie to check if they are alone thinking that they way.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is promisingly the best actor ...sorry the writer. I had to change from actor to a writer because I am still not able to get the Munto out of him.

Art work and sound recording is brilliant!! For some reason I felt the cigarette lighting with a match stick sounded so perfect I felt that it's been some decades since I heard that sound. Same with the sound of the type writer and the ruffle of the paper.

If you are movie lover who loves to analyse every scene go to the movie. If you land up into this movie because other movies are sold out, you won't be sold on entertainment!! Jingoistic expectations will be laid to rest right from scene 1.

I can rate this movie because it will berate someone who will call Priceless!!


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