A conversation with Manto's Writer and Director, Nandita Das and Actor, Rasika Dugal, moderated by Film Critic, Raja Sen, which followed Asia Society India Centre's special pre-release screening of the film on 17th September 2018, at PVR Cinema, Juhu, Mumbai.
Manto is a biographical drama set during India’s Independence and Partition. The film follows the most tumultuous four years in the life of the subcontinent’s greatest and most controversial Urdu writer, Saadat Hasan Manto. As sectarian violence engulfs the nation, the Indian-Pakistani author is compelled to make the difficult choice of leaving behind his beloved city of Bombay, India. In Lahore, Pakistan, he finds himself bereft of friends, unable to get his writings published and burdened by trials for obscenity. His increasing alcoholism leads him into a downward spiral. Through all of this, he continues to write prolifically, his stories mirroring the harsh reality of the times. Manto is a story of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man trying to make sense of it all.
*Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) 2018*
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018*