Manto is an upcoming Bollywood movie that is the biography of Saadat Hasan Manto. He was a writer and an author who lived in the time of British Raj in India. He wrote stories about such brutal and dark truths, which others never dared to talk about. His perspective of writing the stories was the cruel and brutal life during the partition of India and Pakistan and how he saw the life during those times. His stories are still appreciated with utmost regards even till date by authors and critics alike.
The film follows the life of Manto during and post-independence of India. He lived in Bombay, India, and his stories were widely accepted and read by the community. However, as violence erupted during the time of independence, Manto had to leave his beloved city of Bombay and move to Lahore, Pakistan. However, this did not bode well for Manto as he lost all his friends and his writing were not appreciated or read by the new Pakistan’s community. Soon his growing addiction to alcohol started taking a toll on his life. However, he never stopped writing. He wrote what he saw. Bare truth. People often complained his writings for obscenity. He often commented back “If you find my stories dirty, the society you are living in is dirty. With my stories, I only expose the truth”.
According to the movie, this is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man who tries to make sense of it all.
Manto Official Trailer
Manto has been written and directed by Nandita Das. It has been produced by HP Studios, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Filmstoc, and Nandita Das Initiatives. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the role of Manto. Other cast members in the film are Rasika Dugal, Tahir Bhasin, Javed Akhtar, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Vinod Nagpal, Rishi Kapoor, Inammulhaq, Ranvir Shorey, Rajashri Deshpande, Ila Arun, Divya Dutta, Paresh Rawal, Tillotama Shome, Shashank Arora, and Gurdas Maan.
In all honesty, we can’t wait for this film to come out. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the finest actors of Bollywood and he portrays Manto wonderfully. We have no doubts this film will be a success. The poster and trailer of the film were released by Nawazuddin Siddiqui at Cannes Film Festival 2018. The release date of the movie has not been finalized yet.
Did You Know? Nandita Das approached Irrfan Khan for the role of Manto in 2015. She said “Irrfan fits the role to the T as he speaks fluent Urdu, looks a lot like Manto and, above all, is a wonderful actor. He has read a lot of Manto himself and is influenced by him.” However, things did not work out and in 2016, Nandita Das revealed that the leading role will now be played by Nawazudding Sidiqqui. She further said that “I have had Nawazuddin in mind from the very outset, but in India, economics always interferes with art and there was pressure on me to cast a more mainstream star.”
What do you think, who would have played this role better? Nawazuddin or Irrfan? What do you think about the trailer? We love your feedback. Share your opinion and thoughts on the Manto movie official trailer. We absolutely love Nawazuddin bhai and we are really eager to see this film.