Manto


MANTO

DRAMA / BIOPIC

STATUS: Completed
DIRECTOR: Nandita Das
WRITER: Nandita Das

SYNOPSIS: MANTO begins in an optimistic India waiting to be free from British colonial rule. No one has any idea of the upheaval the Partition of India and Pakistan will soon bring. Riots between Hindu and Muslim pit neighbour against neighbour, and strain even the deepest friendship. During this period, Manto – one of history’s greatest short story writers – is torn between his beloved Bombay, and moving to Pakistan. Increasingly, his writings bear shocking witness to a society caught up in communal violence in which people become, for no reason at all, predators or prey.

Meanwhile, Manto’s own flawed humanity drives him to shine a light on the dark underbelly of society that so many chose to ignore. As Manto fights to clear himself from charges of obscenity and maintain his freedom, his increasing alcoholism and anguish takes a toll on his family and leads him to a downward spiral. Through all of this, he continues to write, his works mirroring the harsh realities of the time as he continues to pen the truth, for which he pays the ultimate price.

This is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities and one man who tries to make sense of it all.

CAST:
NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI as Saadat Hasan Manto
RASIKA DUGAL as Safia
RAJSHRI DESHPANDE as Ismat
SHASHANK ARORA as Shad