Born in British India in 1912, Saadat Hasan Manto was an exceptional writer. Not once to ever mince his words, Saadat understood the meaning and importance of telling the truth. He dared to write about those realities of life that others didn’t even dare to talk about. Even though he died at a young age of 42, he managed to leave a legacy of Urdu works behind. This includes 22 short story collections, 5 radio play series, 3 essays collections, 2 personal sketches and a novel.
The writer also chronicled the chaos that ensued post the Indo-Pak partition with diligence. A man of such valor and strength is definitely noteworthy.
Naturally, when the talented Nandita Das announced her biopic on Saadat Hasan Manto, fans were ecstatic. The movie is titled ‘Manto‘ and the unveiling of its poster took place at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be portraying the titular role of the Pakistani writer.
Actors Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rasika Duggal, Javed Akhtar, Rishi Kapoor, and Ranvir Shorey are also a part of the cast. Tahir will play the character of 1940s superstar and Manto’s close friend Shyam Chadda. And Rasika Dugal will portray the character of Safia, Saadat Manto’s wife.
Filmmakers released the first look of the biographical drama a while back. And it did a brilliant job of deepening the buzz around it.
Here are a few shots from the much-awaited biopic:
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s look in ‘Manto’.
Rasika Duggal as Safia.
A still from the biopic.
The movie will release on September 21, 2018. And from the look of it, Nawaz will do full justice to the character of Manto.
As the release date is drawing closer, makers recently released the movie’s trailer. Check the trailer out below:
The trailer definitely looks amazing and piques interest. However since the proof is in the pudding, all we need to do is wait for its release.