At special screenings that were arranged for B-town folks the rave reviews continued with praise of the brilliant narrative and stupendous performances by the actors, especially Nawazuddin Siddiqui who portrays the titular role of Saadat Hasan Manto. Here’s what they had to say:
Imtiaz Ali: Nawazuddin is always good. I think he has got a lot of perception and sensitivity into the character of Manto.
Rahul Bose: Nawazuddin is the soul of the film.
Shruti Seth: He looks exactly and portrays the character with so much sincerity.
Sobhita Dhulipala: To watch Manto is very overwhelming.
Mita Vashisht: Manto is not an easy role but Nawazuddin owns it and lived up to the expectations.
We also have this special video to hear more!
Manto is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, HP Studios, FilmStoc, Nandita Das Initiatives and co-produced by Magic If Films & En Compagnie des Lamas.
Manto the film follows the most tumultuous four years in the life of Manto and that of the two countries he inhabits – India and Pakistan. In Bombay’s seedy-shiny film world, Manto and his stories are widely read and accepted. But as sectarian violence engulfs the nation, Manto makes the difficult choice of leaving his beloved Bombay. In Lahore, he finds himself bereft of friends and unable to find takers for his writings. His increasing alcoholism leads him into a downward spiral. Through all of this, he continues to write prolifically, without dilution. This is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man who tries to make sense of it all.
ICYMI here is trailer to see his amazing transformation