Manto – Biographical drama film in Hindi – Rating 3*

Manto NawazuddinSiddiqui Movie Cast Saadat Hasan Manto – Nawazuddin Siddiqui Safia – Rasika Dugal Shyam – Tahir Raj Bhasin Abid Ali Abid – Javed Akhtar Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi – Chandan Roy Sanyal Bishan Singh (Sikh Man) – Vinod Nagpal Film Producer – Rishi Kapoor Hamid – Inammulhaq Ishar Singh – Ranvir Shorey Ismat Chughtai – Rajshri Deshpande Jaddan bai – Ila Arun Kulwant Kaur – Divya Dutta Pimp – Paresh Rawal Prostitute – Tillotama Shome Shaad Amritsari – Shashank Arora Sirajuddin – Gurdas Maan Arshad Zaidi- Danish Hussain Tea Stall Man – Neeraj Kabi Ansar Shabnam Dil – Vijay Varma

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.

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