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Manto Review

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Manto Review

Average Ratings:3.28/5
Score: 86% Positive
Reviews Counted:7

Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rohit Vats Site:  News18

It’s a film that will make you think, hurt you and will bring you back to your ideals. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has stripped himself of all the apprehensions and has dived into Manto’s world with unmatched energy, wit and personality. Far from Wasseypur, he has transformed into a writer who has lost everything in the No Man’s Land between India and Pakistan.Be a part of his poignant, heart-breaking journey.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Sreehari nair Site:  Rediff

If Manto, the film, falls short of being a masterpiece, it’s ironically because Nandita Das the filmmaker does not quite crack the Manto code herself: she doesn’t quite see her subject with the same wholeness that Manto saw his people.This imperfection in the film, in a way, becomes the greatest tribute to Manto.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Renuka Site:  Times Of India

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 friends and a place he called home. Manto is an authentic but jaded observation of a man who defied rules, challenged the status quo and changed the way one looked at life. Watch it for the director’s flawless interweaving of Manto’s poignant writing into her script and watch it for the words — spoken and unspoken.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Meena Iyer Site:  DNA

The screenplay ebbs and flows in a rather disappointing way. On the one hand, the film successfully captures the writer’s turmoil in his failure to adjust to routine and his struggle to compromise with the ordinary. However, while it evokes strong emotions for the genius’ idiosyncrasies, it fails to keep the audience in its grip throughout. There’s a mundane element that keeps popping up from time to time.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:  Hindustan Times

When composing his own epitaph, Manto had famously (and only half-jokingly) suggested that his tombstone ask: ‘Who was the better storyteller: God or Manto?’ It is when writing Manto’s life that God may have come close. It is a life measured out in messy glugs of whiskey, with the writer dreaming about the bars of unsafe Bombay while drinking the unsafe liquor of Lahore. He belonged to them both, as he does to all who read him. Like the character from his most famous story, Saadat Hasan Manto was no land’s man.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:  Indian Express

There are some striking moments in the film, but they remain moments: a soiree with Ashok Kumar and other popular stars of the 40s is particularly lovely. Dugal, as Manto’s pillar of strength, shines, and Bhasin’s Shyam is vivid and alive. The same cannot be said of Nawazuddin’s playing of Manto. There is a gap, a curious distance, between the vision and the execution, and much of the film, including Nawaz, resides in it.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Saibal Site:  NDTV

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. While some might find that underwhelming, the strategy actually enhances the impact of the film. What it does, and does very well, is direct pin-pricks at our conscience. They drill deep.

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Manto Story:

The film follows the most tumultuous four years in the life of Manto and that of the two countries he inhabits – India and Pakistan. In Bombay’s seedy-shiny film world, Manto and his stories are widely read and accepted. But as sectarian violence engulfs the nation, Manto makes the difficult choice of leaving his beloved Bombay. In Lahore, he finds himself bereft of friends and unable to find takers for his writings. His increasing alcoholism leads him into a downward spiral. Through all of this, he continues to write prolifically, without dilution. This is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man who tries to make sense of it all.

Manto Release Date:

Sep 21, 2018 ( India)

Manto Cast:

Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Tahir Raj Bhasin
Rasika Dugal
Rajshri Deshpande
Rishi Kapoor
Paresh Rawal
Javed Akhtar

Director:  Nandita Das

Vikrant Batra
Ajit Andhare
Namrata Goyal
Nandita Das

Run Time:  2 hour 41 Minutes

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