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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

Credited cast:
Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Saadat Hasan Manto
Rasika Dugal ... Safia
Tahir Raj Bhasin ... Sunder Shyam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Javed Akhtar ... Abid Ali Abid
Shashank Arora ... Shad Amritsari
Ila Arun ... Jaddan bai
Abhinay Banker Abhinay Banker ... Shoe Shop Keeper
Ashwath Bhatt Ashwath Bhatt ... Procecutor Qasimi
Jay Bhatt Jay Bhatt ... Reporter
Rajshri Deshpande ... Ismat Chughtai
Raghav Dutt Raghav Dutt ... Naushad
Divya Dutta ... Kulwant Kaur
Danish Husain Danish Husain ... Asad Zaidi
Inaamulhaq ... Hamid
Rishi Kapoor ... Film 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

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Манто See more »

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1.85 : 1
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It was made as a prelude to the feature film. See more »

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

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Superbly well made.
21 September 2018 | by gursharan1551See all my reviews

After reading Thanda Gohsht I was mesmerised by the literary style and excellence of Sadat Hasan Manto. This movie has been a good portrayal of Manto's life. Manto was a literary genius who transformed literature forever. Impressed by movie and obviously flawless acting of Nawaz. They could have made it a little more better (but there's always room for improvement and critics will always find something to blame). But overall it was a great journey watching this movie and experiencing a view in Manto's life and his thinking(although it feels like grotesque and abominable). Do watch it.


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