Manto

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The maverick writer, Saadat Hasan Manto, after India is partitioned, eventually makes the difficult choice of leaving behind his glorious days in Bombay and moves to Lahore. There, he finds himself bereft of friends and work. As his life spirals downwards, his writing soars, creating an authentic and disturbing portrait of the times.

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  • Unfortunately Nandita Das's sophomore directorial venture Manto serves neither as a primer on the (in)famous author, nor offers any deeper insight to those familiar with his oeuvre.

    Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "Manto" is elegant and old school, epic without losing sight of the personal.

    May 19, 2018 | Full Review…

    Maggie Lee

    Variety
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  • Captures the spirit of the great Urdu poet and writer.

    May 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Going in, I'd expected Manto to provoke and make a statement at every opportunity. What I got instead, was an unflinching portrait of a man who despised taking the middle road.

    Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Manto is an engrossing experience and one that finds itself perhaps more relevant today than it might've been even ten years ago.

    Oct 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The maestro Zakir Hussain provides an intricate background score, one that is occasionally highlighted by a discordant, drunken sitar twang. This sense of intoxication informs the visuals as well.

    Sep 21, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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