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21 Sep, 2018
1 hrs 57 mins
8,466 votes
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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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Verdict: A brilliant ode to one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Has there ever been a Bollywood movie that was based on the life of a famous writer? You should be able to answer this question proudly because Nandita Das and Nawazuddin Siddiqui have come together to create a brilliant piece of art tracing a few years from the life of a man extremely ahead of his times - Saadat Hasan M... ...Read full review
Manto is an authentic but jaded observation of a man who defied rules, challenged the status quo and changed the way one looked at life. Watch it for the director`s flawless interweaving of Manto`s poignant writing into her script and watch it for the words spoken and unspoken. ...Read full review
Its a film that will make you think, hurt you and will bring you back to your ideals. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has stripped himself of all the apprehensions and has dived into Mantos world with unmatched energy, wit and personality. Far from Wasseypur, he has transformed into a writer who has lost everything in the No Mans Land between India and Pakistan. ...Read full review
Nandita Das` stirring portrait of a genius brings us the best that Nawazuddin Siddiqui has ever been. ...Read full review
When composing his own epitaph, Manto had famously (and only half-jokingly) suggested that his tombstone ask: Who was the better storyteller: God or Manto? It is when writing Mantos life that God may have come close. It is a life measured out in messy glugs of whiskey, with the writer dreaming about the bars of unsafe Bombay while drinking the unsafe liquor of Lahore. He belonged to them both, as he does to all who read him. Like the character from his most famous story, Saadat Hasan Manto was no lands man. ...Read full review
Manto is highly watchable, thought-provoking and beautifully put together. In fact, its like a poetry in motion. One needs to applaud Nandita Das and her team of writers for belting out this one. The film is very beautifully put together and is an experience in itself. ...Read full review