The most controversial writer of the subcontinent, Sadat Hassan Manto had to face a ban and severe criticism in his life and now even after death.
A movie named ‘Manto’ made by Nandita Das is based on the life and work of Manto is banned in Pakistan.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui played the role as Manto. The movie was filmed in India. It represents the emotional breakdown that Manto had to face during the time of partition, the trauma that is depicted in his writings as well.
The movie is beautifully made and takes to back to the nights of injustice that is still prevailing somewhere in dark.
The film critics have protested against the ban of screening of the movie in Pakistan.
On this matter Nandita Das tweeted to express herself, she said “Beyond borders, the fight for freedom of expression is the same. Thanks to all those in Pakistan who are working to #FreeManto. Thanks to everyone who has taken to the streets to protest against the ban on Manto in Pakistan. I am there with you in spirit, and so is the entire Manto team.”
Saeed Ahmed, who was the key consultant of Manto shared the glimpses of protest against the ban on his unofficial Facebook page.
Earlier in December 2018, Saeed Ahmed started a protest against this ban through change. Org. He also sent an open letter to PM Imran Khan and attached it to the petition. The letter said Manto celebrates the life of an Urdu writer who chose Pakistan as his home during the Indian partition (in 1947) but is collectively owned and revered by the people of the subcontinent. The audiences and critics worldwide have appreciated the film… Saadat Hasan Manto had faced persecution, torture and years of court trials during “Purana Pakistan”.
Sadat Hassan Manto tried for obscenity six times – three times before 1947 in British India, and thrice in Pakistan. However, he was never convicted. The film also explores Manto’s trials through and the fight he put up to defend freedom of expression.
Manto film was premiered worldwide in Cannes Festival and screened in India in September 2018. The other actors in the film are Rasika Duggal, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Javed Akhtar and Feryna Wazheir