Manto (U/A)
21/Sep/2018 1hr 57mins

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui Is Phenomenally Good As The Anguished Writer

Manto is a highly watchable, immediately thought-provoking cinematic work that does not have to deliver sledgehammer blows quite in the manner of Manto's more confrontational stories.(more)

Source: Saibal Chatterjee , NDTV Movies


The Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer leaves you wanting more

There is a gap, a curious distance, between the vision and the execution, and much of the film, including Nawazuddin Siddiqui, resides in it.(more)

Source: Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express


Nawazuddin Siddiqui shines as the legendary Saadat Hasan Manto

The film, however, lacks flow. The Bombay portions feel like clips of a highlight reel, but these scenes are buoyed by lyricism and spirit, even though the editing is choppy and some moments flash by too hurriedly. The Lahore half, more conventionally linear, feels eventually tedious, with hoary sce...(more)

Source: Raja Sen., Hindustan Times


ealism with Nawazuddin's performance is flavour of the film

Manto is quite realistic in terms of changing dynamics of a relationship - be it friendship, marriage or even life as a whole. That is truly the crux and the best part of the film - because it stays true to what life as a whole is - bunch of roses with thorns.(more)

Source: SHAHEEN IRANI, Deccan Chronicle


Nandita Das' stirring portrait of a genius brings us the best that Nawazuddin Siddiqui has ever been

The messaging in this film is for us to imbibe if we wish, as she chronicles a remarkable, dramatic true story in an engagingly unmelodramatic style. In doing so, Das makes her Manto a stirring, sensitive portrait of a tortured genius from an era seemingly long past yet tragically mirroring our trou...(more)

Source: Anna MM Vetticad,


Watch the film for the director's flawless interweaving of Manto's poignant writing into her script and watch it for the words - spoken and unspoken.

Nandita Das tries to get into the mind of Manto to understand him as a person and she succeeds to a certain degree. However, you wish the film explored his psyche more than the events leading up to his doom - alcohol addiction, self-destructive loneliness, financial crisis, and longing for his frien...(more)

Source: Renuka Vyavahare, Times Of India


Nandita Das film is a brilliant portrait of a self-destructive creator

The film struggles as it turns to showcase the downfall of an artist. The legal quagmire that consumes Manto in Lahore for his story, Thanda Gosht, comes across as fleeting proceedings with more cameos with few substantial ideas. As Manto becomes isolated, the film too begins to lose connection with...(more)

Source: Suhani Singh, India Today


Naked Truth Clothed In A Vintage Series Of Stories!

Manto is like a whiskey which pures your soul, it might give you a dry mouth afterwards but isn't that a sign of one fine alcohol? Watch this for brilliant performances, gutsy direction & writing, a never seen before Mumbai and hardships of a man who chose to portray the truth in his style.(more)

Source: Umesh Punwani, Koimoi

Music Tracks

No. Song Title Lyric Writer Performer(s) Listen here
1 “Nagri Nagri” Meeraji Shankar Mahadevan Listen
2 “Bol Ke Lab Azaad Hain” Faiz Ahmed Faiz Rashid Khan, Vidhya Shah
3 “Mantoiyat” Raftaar, Saadat Hasan Manto Raftaar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
4 “Ab Kya Bataun” Simaab Akbarabadi Shubha Joshi