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