‘Manto’ has been in the news ever since its powerful trailer came out and sweeped people off their feets.
To keep the authenticity alive, director Nandita Das recreated the whole era of 1940s, which is when the original Saadat Hasan Manto became popular.
A writer by profession, Manto was tried for obscenity six times – thrice before 1947 in British India and in 1947 Pakistan after independence and separation of two countries – India and Pakistan. Despite being tried so many times, Manto was never convicted of the crime.
He was a novelist, playwright, essayist, screenwriter and short story writer whose work today is seen as one of the most authentic and independent accounts of the human tragedy of those years by scholars as well as the reading public....