Manto Reviews

March 11, 2019
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.
October 4, 2018
Manto is an engrossing experience and one that finds itself perhaps more relevant today than it might've been even ten years ago.
September 21, 2018
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.
September 21, 2018
As Manto, Siddiqui is at the top of his game, embodying his mannerisms and body language, but even he cannot make up for the flaws in the script.
September 21, 2018
Director Nandita Das beautifully stitches five of the famous Urdu author's short stories into the narrative of his life's definitive five-year period. But perhaps her film's most distinctive trait is its contextualization of his life through his work...
September 21, 2018
There is a wealth of detail here, based on copious research. However, in order to make sense of the numerous cameos and walk-on parts, viewers need to have a little knowledge of the world Manto inhabited
September 20, 2018
...it's a faithful recreation of the life and times of one of Indian subcontinent's literary giants whose writings are still as relevant today as they were then.
September 18, 2018
Manto is a highly watchable, immediately thought-provoking cinematic work that does not have to deliver sledgehammer blows quite in the manner of Manto's more confrontational stories.
September 18, 2018
Watch it for the director's flawless interweaving of Manto's poignant writing into her script and watch it for the words - spoken and unspoken.
September 7, 2018
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.
September 7, 2018
Das displays great skill and sensitivity as a director, which unfortunately is held back by her choice of a conventional narrative template.
September 6, 2018
Das's respectful biopic is elegantly directed and features terrific performances. But it's a slog recounting Manto's ordeals.
September 6, 2018
[Das] gives just enough back to the film to enhance Siddiqui's confident leading performance, but there still feels like something is missing here.
August 29, 2018
Manto goes after a bit of everything - the result is a solid work with many affecting passages, but without the focus that might have made it a greater film. Nandita Das proves, again, that her most distinctive quality is understatedness.
May 19, 2018
"Manto" is elegant and old school, epic without losing sight of the personal.
May 15, 2018
Captures the spirit of the great Urdu poet and writer.
May 14, 2018
The narrative intersperses, in some occasions, fragments represented of some of the fictions written by Manto, but it is hardly separated... [from] the forms and the limitations of the more conventional western biopic. [Full review in Spanish]
May 14, 2018
Das deftly weaves Manto's literature into fabric of this account of four years of his life. The dramatised tales - of child prostitution, of violent pimps and jealous lovers - take moments from Manto's own life as jumping off points.