Complete review of ‘Manto’
Star Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Duggal, Rajshri Deshpande, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Paresh Rawal, Javed Akhtar, Shashank Arora, Ila Arun, Divya Dutta, Ranvir Shorey
Director: Nandita Das
Producer: HP Studios, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, FilmStoc & Nandita Das Initiatives
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Music Director: Sneha Khanwalkar, Raftaar
Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer ‘Manto’ has been released in cinemas. The film revolves around the story of Saadat Hasan Manto, a famous poet who was an important figure in India before it’s partition.
Story of the movie: The film starts with Manto’s life in Bombay, where he is seen exchanging ideas with writers like Ismat Chughtai (Rajshri Deshpande). The communal riots of Hindu-Muslims post the country got freedom Manto question himself. He alongwith his wife Safia (Rasika Duggal) decides to part his ways from his best friends in India and move to Lahore. While in Pakistan, he labels himself as ‘chalta-phirta Bambaii’ because though he was physically present there he knew his heart was in Bombay. He continues to write and provoke controversies until one day his story ‘Thanda Gosht‘ gets charged for obscenity. What happens next explores the paths of Manto’s life which very few are aware of.
Star Performance: Nawazuddin Siddiqui has delivered a brilliant performance in the film. Tahir Raj Bhasin has also delivered a good performance. While, Rasika Duggal who played the role of Nawazuddin’s wife didn’t impress much.
Music Direction: Sneha Khanwalkar’s music is apt for the kind of film Manto is.
Direction: The film’s direction is good. Nandita Das efforts were visible on screen with every frame. Cinematography is also good. Dialogues are also impressive.
Watch Or Not: Must Watch!