Published On: Mon, Oct 19th, 2015

Manto’s footprints in abroad



Manto, after making success and breaking up records in Pakistan, is now building its foot prints in abroad. The magnum opus is set to take the US by storm. The biographical drama film which is based on the life of Pakistani short-story writer Sadat Hassan Manto. The film was highly admired by the audiences and after following a full house show at the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) last month, the film is now leading to screen at famous universities in United States, Harvard, Columbia and Yale.

Manto, which was directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat, after its theatrical release, it will be showed at the world’s major academic institutions, including Harvard, Columbia, Yale and University of California, Berkeley Georgetown University and University of Texas, Austin during a 10-day tour from October 16 to October 25.


The film is making fame by its viewers. The critics have also appreciated it. Manto is about the life of 20th-century writer Manto, who grew-up in the showbiz industry of Bombay, which is now Mumbai, and Lahore. The story of the film Manto based on the last seven years of authors life during which he wrote some of his most notorious tales like Khol Do, Toba Tek Singh, Oopar Neeche aur Darmiyan, Thanda Gosht and Peshawar se Lahore.

The cast includes Sarmad Khoosat who is representing the mysterious writer himself; Mein Manto also stars Sania Saeed as Saadat Hasan Manto’s wife and Saba Qamar as Noor Jehan. Humayun Saeed, Savera Nadeem and Faisal Qureshi are also performing in the film and representing the roles of famous personalities of that epoch.

About the Author

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.