Manto (2018)



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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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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

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…
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Captures the spirit of the great Urdu poet and writer.

May 15, 2018 | 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…

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.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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