Published On: Wed, Nov 18th, 2015

Manto’s feet in india



Manto, the film which was made on the biography of the writer Sadat Hassan Manto,  has got enthusiastic analysis and marvelous appreciation up until now. The filmmaker of Manto, Sarmad Khoosat and actress Nimra Bucha, consider the cinematic representation of the Pakistani writer’s problematic life is related to today’s life as free speech is “not easy” in both India or Pakistan.

“The reality that he, Manto, had a problematic life was not receiving paid, and his work was forbidden… entire that reverberates a lot in the path we exist at the moment. The mode we cast away artists and their work… Freedom of speech is not simple in either of our countries,” stated Nimra at the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival on the day ahead of the film’s screening.

The film Manto is a hit in Pakistan and has been displayed in a lot of US universities. Giving the name of Manto as the “legacy of the subcontinent”, director Sarmad who himself acted out the personality of Manto, stated that the writer of so many books got up for the “freedom of speech”.


Sarmad further stated that he was at first frightened to arrive in India as media reports highlighted a picture of bigotry in India.

“But I have been in a good spirits ever since my coming in the city. Currently, I am not afraid to be here,” he revealed. But Nimra did admit that in general “these are frustrating times for artists who want to speak the truth” she said.

Manto is a 2015 drama movie based on the life and personality of Pakistani short-story writer Sadat Hassan Manto. Babar Javed produced the movie, Manto, and written by Shahid Nadeem, whose screenplay was personalized from Manto’s short stories, for the most part of Thanda GoshtMadari and others.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.