Manto was born at his maternal village, Papraudi, in Samrala town of Ludhiana district. But no cinema in Ludhiana, which boasts of several multiplexes, is showing the film that is battling distribution issues since its release.
Director Nandita Das has received much acclaim for her biopic on the Urdu writer Saadat Hassan Manto. In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Das talks about her decision to incorporate Manto's stories in the film.
My Father's Friend: Ashok Kumar's daughter, actress Bharati Jaffrey reminisces about Dadamoni's friendship with Saadat Hasan Manto and why the author's move to Pakistan after Partition shattered the Howrah Bridge star emotionally.
The Bombay that Saadat Hasan Manto inhabited fuelled his creative genius and made him the writer that he was. As a new film traces his life and times, a look back at the maverick Urdu writer’s relationship with the city and why he continues to influence literary discourse in the subcontinent.
Nandita Das, along with actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui (who plays Manto in the film) and Rasika Dugal (who plays Manto’s wife Safia), visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Wednesday to interact with the students of the Department of Arts and Aesthetics.
As Nandita Das’ biopic Manto, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Rasika Dugal releases this week, we look at the literary bad boy’s Bollywood years in the 1940s, his juicy portraits of the matinee idols and how his intimate friendships with Shyam (unknown to today’s film audiences) and Ashok Kumar shaped him.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nandita Das and Rasika Dugal talk about Manto,
which is a biopic on writer Saadat Hasan Manto. The movie also stars
Rishi Kapoor, Javed Akhtar, Ranvir Shorey, Divya Dutta, Paresh Rawal
and Gurdas Maan among others.
Nandita Das gets back to direction with Manto with Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the role of writer Saadat Hasan Manto. The film also stars Rasika Duggal as Manto's onscreen wife Safia. Here's what the audience said after watching it.