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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 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

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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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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It was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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

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Nagri Nagri
Vocals by Shankar Mahadevan
Lyrics by Meeraji
Music by Sneha Khanwalkar
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A Masterpiece that makes us ponder.
21 September 2018 | by ihx-47887See all my reviews

Armed with strong acting skills of Nawaz and other talented actors like Rasika Duggal and Divya Dutta, Manto is a masterpiece that tells the present generation about the social conditions of 1940s and 50s, and so many things have still not changed. Every person living today in today's times can relate to Manto and his struggles. A MUST watch for every Indian and Pakistani.


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21 September 2018 (India) See more »

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