Nawazuddin Siddiqui Unveils His Indestructible Act In Nandita Das's 'Manto'

| September 21 , 2018 , 18:47 IST

Nandita Das's 'Manto' hit the screen this Friday. The film is based on the story of Saadat Hasan Manto, a Pakistani writer, playwright and author born in Ludhiana during the British era.

The entire life of Manto has not been less than a drama. It heeds back to the time when the subcontinent was being hacked apart, and carved into India and Pakistan.

In the film, director Nandita Das has tried to trace Manto’s inspirations in life which involves brothels, stories of sexual desires, melancholic set-ups and everything that happens in the society whether it's good or bad. Manto believed that everything should be presented in the same way as it exists. Das has used small sequences to acquaint us with society’s paradoxes.

Just like this incident in the film, when Safia(Rasika Dugal, who plays the role of Manto's wife), once asks him to write a story on a woman sitting near them in a park. He instead turns up with a story of a woman who shaves and whose boyfriend helps her in it. This may look like an absurd take but it is enough to get you invested in his unique imagery.

There are two stories — one that Manto lives and the other that his readers live. He may be the hero of the first but is a mere guilt-ridden prose writer in the second. In fact, Safia says it out loud once, “Your writing will starve us to death.”

Despite his torment and ambition, Manto could never become the ideal writer for the family to look up to.

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It's a film that will move you, cause discomfort and will force you to think and implement your principles.

A social drama, 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu', directed by Shree Narayan Singh and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Nishant Pitti and Krishan Kumar also released this week.

The film tells the story of Inflated Bills due to Faulty Meters in rural India and stars Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma, and Yami Gautam in lead roles.

Batti Gul Meter Chalu sticks to the old-fashioned route and leaves us on a note of optimism, but it does it with a sting that takes note of today’s India and how promises can be belied says a character with biting sarcasm, ‘bade badhiya din aaye thehre’, as the reference to ‘achche din’ was not ignored by a single person in the theatre.

There is a metaphorical parallel track of two characters named Vikas and Kalyan, narrating the story too.

It is not a preachy film, without being in lecture mode but surely puts the impetus on the core topic.