"Manto is a true story about the devastating partition of the Indian subcontinent through the eyes of Saadat Hasan Manto, one of the most prolific and controversial writers of the twentieth century. It is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man trying to make sense of it all"
A true story about the maverick writer Saadat Hasan Manto, who is celebrated as one of the greatest modern-day short story writers of South Asia. The film takes place during the glorious years of Bombay's seedy-shiny film industry, trials of freedom of expression and the partition of India. As one of the most prolific and controversial writers of the twentieth century, Manto's life and work present a progressive, satirical and uniquely contemporary lens into that era. The film will be an intimate retelling of the times, seen through the eyes of this intensely engaged writer. Finally, it is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man who tries to make sense of it all.
I was first drawn to Manto's writings in college. I believe there is a certain 'Manto-ness' in us all - the part in us that wants to be free-spirited and outspoken. For years I nursed the idea of making this film, but it is only now that I feel equipped, both emotionally and creatively, to tell this story that so needs to be told. Manto's faith in the redemptive power of the written word, resonates with my own passion to tell stories. In some mystical way, I feel like I am a part of that idealistic legacy! The spirit of Manto is the spirit of the film.