Review: Manto
  Banner: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, HP Studios, Filmstoc, Nandita Das Initiatives

Producer: Vikrant Batra, Ajit Andhare, Namrata Goyal, Nandita Das

Director: Nandita Das

Music: Khanwalkar, Raftaar, Zakir Hussain(BGM)

Casting: Nawazuddin Siddique, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rasika Dugal, Rajshri Deshpande, Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Javed Akthar and others

Rating: 3.0/5.0


Saadat Hussain Manto (Nawazudin Siddique), a popular Urdu author in the Pre Independence India, is known for his powerful thought provoking and realistic story, posing powerful questions showing people their faces in the mirror.

Not only British India, even the Pakistani Government do not like his hard hitting stories and but they couldn't convict him despite the British trying him thrice before 1947 and Pakistan thrice after Independence.

To find out various facets of Manto and his relation with his wife Safia (Rasika Duggal), friends Tahir Raj Bhasin (Shyam) and others enjoy Manto on silver screen.


Nawazuddin Siddique slipped into the role of Manto quietly and in a splendid manner. He came with a subtle performance as was not required to express himself in a powerful manner. He carried himself in the role with aplomb and his expressions and emotions made a powerful impact. He carried the film on his shoulders with his screen presence.

Others too like Tahir Raj Bhasin,Rasika Dugal,Rajshri Deshpande,Rishi Kapoor,Paresh Rawal, Javed Akthar came with powerful performances to compliment Nawazuddin Siddique.


Music of Sneha Khanwalkar and Raftaar is soothing. Zakir Hussain with his background score elevated the film to another level. Karthik Vijay with his cinematography beautified the film capturing the beautiful sets and giving a realistic feel to the narration.

Art direction is excellent and the makers reprised the British India and after partition, India and Pakistan in a realistic manner. Director Nandita Das could have added few more twists and turns and fastened the pace of the film for better results. Production values are good.

Plus Points

Story, Screenplay, Direction

Nawazuddin Siddique

Powerful dialogues



Minus Points

Slow pace

Lengthy conversations

Lack of humour

Lack of entertaining elements


Nandita Das, known for his thoughtful films this time came with a biopic on famous but controversial Pakistani author Saadat Hussain Manto. Though the film is a biopic, she never gave a feel of it, but highlighted the important happenings in Manto's life and also his pain and anguish about the happenings in the society, along with the India-Pakistan partition.

She highlighted Manto's expressions and emotions in a beautiful manner when he decides to leave his most beloved Bombay city for Pakistan after few incidents.

Nandita came with a powerful story and she made a stunning impact with her screenplay and direction. Except for few minor flaws, Nandita keeps movie lovers glued to the screens.

However except for those who love art movies and powerful stories, Manto may not appeal to others and it is difficult for the film to sustain in B,C centers as there are many lengthy dialogues testing the patience and even genex movie lovers find it hard to digest serious content.

Final Talk

Manto shows individuals and the society in the Mirror.

Tags: Manto Movie Review, Manto Movie, Bollywood, Hindi Movie Review, Nawazuddin Siddique, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rasika Dugal, Rajshri Deshpande, Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal

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