Film Clips - 2018

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the Trailer for Manto

This biopic stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Saadat Hasan Manto, the Urdu-language writer whose daring and gorgeously crafted short stories garnered great acclaim — and great controversy.

The film opens in 1946, the dawn of India's independence from British rule. The new air of optimism proves fleeting, however, as the country becomes embroiled in displacement and religious violence - incidents to which a horrified Manto bears witness - and swiftly moves toward partition from Pakistan. Forced to leave Mumbai for Lahore, Manto's despair at the chaos engulfing his homeland is channelled into his writing, which becomes more bracingly taut, brutal, and sexual - the very qualities for which he will be put on trial for obscenity on six different occasions. Manto offers a visionary double portrait: that of one of the 20th century's most important and uncompromising writers, and that of the writer's country in a period of tremendous upheaval.

The movie also stars Rasika Duggal, Rishi Kapoor, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Javed Akhtar, and Chandan Roy Sanyal. Written and directed by Nandita Das, it's scheduled to hit theaters on September 21.