Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Danish Husain
Director: Nandita Das
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There is a scene in which one character says to Saadat Hasan Manto (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), “Mera irada aapko thes pahunchana nahin tha.” And Manto’s immediate reply is, “Tum thes pahuncha bhi nahin sakte.” The film is full of such gems and will blow you away.
The film shows writer Manto’s life, his glories, his struggles & how India’s partition literally tore him apart. He might have had his flaws — he was insecure, used to be very upset if people didn’t like his work, but there was so much to learn from him and his work (a lot of it comes alive in the film). He wasn’t afraid to take a stand and stick to it no matter what. We also learn so much about the relationships he had. Many of the things shown in the film are relevant even today. You only wish some portions from his life were shown in detail.
Manto also scores high on performances. Just when you thought Nawazuddin Siddique might have reached a saturation point because of the similar anti-hero characters we saw him play recently, he’s pleasantly surprised us with Manto. He’s performed the character with so much honestly that you forget that he’s Nawazuddin and only see him as Manto. It’s easily one of his best performances till date. Rasikka Duggal is superb as Manto’s wife, once again proving what a great actor she is. The cameos by Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Tillotama Shome, Divya Dutta, Ranvir Shorey & Vinod Nagpal are excellent.
People generally find films to be very long. Manto is one film that I found too short. ‘Mann to’ kar raha tha ki film chalti hi jaye. We give it 3.5 stars with a big kink.
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Danish Husain Director: Nandita Das Keywords: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal...3.5