Manto Movie Review


Release Date  : 21/09/2018

Genre              : Biography, Drama

Cast                   : Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Duggal, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Shashank Arora

Director          : Nandita Das

Duration         : 1 hr 57 mins

Language        : Hindi

Writers are often a lonely lot who find solace in their fictional stories and characters that strangely mirror reality. They belong to a world of their own even when swamped by people, thus struggling to juggle their parallel lives. Celebrated Urdu poet and author Saadat Hasan Manto found the world of fiction more real than the world around him and yet his fierce imagination thrived on the bitter realities he witnessed.

Saadat Hasan Manto was one of the most controversial writers in history. His work, stories, and novel were as brutally honest as they can get. He was loved by many and resented by an equal amount of people. Manto the film revolves around the eponymous character, focusing on a few years of his life. It starts from the time when he was a celebrated writer in Bombay to his migration to Lahore after Partition, when he gave in to alcohol since his writing wasn’t recognized as “literature” in his new country. The story moves ahead with Manto’s works interwoven within.

There couldn’t have been a better actor than Nawazuddin Siddiqui to imbibe and portray such a layered yet honest character. The supporting cast of the movie consists of a lot of excellent and talented actors like Rasika Duggal, Rishi Kapoor, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Shashank Arora, Purab Kohli, Ranvir Shorey, Divya Dutta, and Ila Arun, to name a few. Each of them plays powerful characters and delivers well, regardless of their screen time, which makes the movie as impactful as it is. Watch the movie to celebrate one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, whose life was a story as interesting as those he wrote.