September 25, 2023


Connecting Asian writers with global readers

Indian filmmaker to make a biopic on Urdu short story master Manto

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Setting out to make a film on the great Urdu writer, Nandita Das looks at his irrepressibility and his work:

MantoI first read Manto in English when I was in college, and then a few years later I bought the Urdu collection Dastavez in Devanagari. I was struck by his simple yet profound narratives and his insightful capturing of people, politics and the times he lived in. He wrote as he saw, as he felt, without dilution, and with a rare sensitivity and empathy for his characters.

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