Singh's group, Atelier Repertory Company, has previously adapted Saadat Hasan Manto's stories, Bu, Thanda Gosht, Dhuan and Kaali Shalwar, in the play Kuchh Afsaney, which recalls post-Independence conflicts as well as the present fears.
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.
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.
Ismat Chughtai: In adherence to the literary movement of the partition era, Chughtai was one of the most notable beacons of the Progressive Writer's Association- an umbrella organisation of left-leaning writers with Marxist undercurrents which included writers like Manto and Faiz Ahmad 'Faiz'.
Nandita Das' Manto stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role and follows the most tumultuous years in the life of iconoclastic writer Saadat Hasan Manto and those of the countries -- India and Pakistan -- which Manto inhabited and chronicled.
According to actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is bringing the writer alive on the big screen in a biopic, India needs Manto now more than ever. The actor said that he relates to the writer, as he too is an artiste.
One of the celebrated writes in India and Pakistan, Saadat Hasan Manto was one of those who witnessed Partition and documented it very closely. Parititon affected Manto very deeply and in a way conditioned in his entire body of work.
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.