Manto

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Directed by Nandita Das
2018
India
112 minutes
15+
Straight from its premiere at Cannes Un Certain Regard, Nandita Das’ (Firaaq) film follows acclaimed writer Manto, as he chronicles the tragedies of the Partition of India.

Saadat Hasan Manto was a writer who incisively captured the contradictions and upheaval of his two countries: India and Pakistan. Manto follows the most tumultuous years of his life, when he made the difficult choice of leaving his beloved Bombay to move with his family to Pakistan. In 1948 in Lahore, Manto, played brilliantly by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Gangs of Wasseypur, SFF 2012; The Lunchbox, SFF 2014), finds himself isolated – personally and artistically. He is also charged with obscenity for his fearless short stories exploring taboo subjects like sex, communal violence and religion. Das integrates these famous stories into the arc of Manto’s new life as she movingly details his unenviable existence in a terrible artistic limbo.

Festival guest: Nandita Das

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Manto

State Theatre
Sat 16 June
3:40pm—5:32pm
Past Event Cancel

Manto

Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Sun 17 June
7:30pm—9:22pm
Past Event Cancel
Year
2018
Classification
15+
Country
India
Language
In Hindi with English subtitles
Director
Nandita Das
Cast
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal, Tahir Raj Bhasin
Screenwriter
Nandita Das
Cinematographer
Kartik Vijay
Company Credits
International Sales: Radiant Films
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