Review: MANTO



Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Duration: 115 Minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 21-SEP-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5

The film is a biographical account of writer Saadat Hasan Manto’s life and is set in 1940s India.

Overall Review:
Actress-filmmaker Nandita Das’s second film (after Firaaq – year 2008), MANTO is an explicit biopic based on one of the greatest writer of the 20th century – Saadat Hasan Manto. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title character (of Indo-Pakistani, author and writer Saadat Hasan Manto). Tahir Raj Bhasin plays the 40’s Bollywood superstar Shyam Chadda supported by Rasika Dugal. Film;s story is universal and nothing to do with partition between India and Pakistan.The first half of the film is noticeably slow, though it picks up in the more engrossing second part. Nandita Das has always chosen to be associated with the stories that need to be told. From 2002 riots in Firaaq to bringing the legends of Manto on screen, she has improved and grown over the years. Her efforts re evident with the years of research she has done for this subject. Film’s script is bold and every possible efforts are made to capture even minute aspects of Manto’s life. Das has assembled a first-rate crew, Nawazuddin Siddiqui puts in an impressive central performance as writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Rasika Dugal serves as the ideal foil, becoming the moral centre of the writer’s world. Kartik Vijay’s cinematography and Rita Ghosh’s production design, recreates the pre-independence and post-independence era masterfully. The sets are so accurately designed it literally takes you back to the 50s. Sneha Khanwalkar’s music is apt for the kind of film Manto is. Divya Dutta’s special appearance is powerful and leaves the impact on the overall film. All said and done, MANTO captures the spirit of the great Urdu poet and writer in the right way.

PDF Verdict:
Watch MANTO for its STRONG performances and BOLD Script.

Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5

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