People on the stairs, standing ovation and a round of applause that lasted for over 3 minutes tell you about the impact it had on the audience. Post partition 7 years of Manto’s life depicted on the big screen show the emphatic struggle of survival which the writer had to fight through.
Manto perhaps will be the best movie of the year 2015. Leading role is played by Sarmad Sultan Khosat and he has done justice to his role, he played his role with such a manner that after few minutes into the movie that it gets very hard to disengage from the plot of movie.
Very often in Pakistan, the screenplay of the movies falls short of good dialogues but "Manto" whose screenplay has been adapted from Manto's Thanda Gosht, License, Maddari, Peshawar Sy Lahore and Hatak gives the screenplay a power.
In this movie, Manto,s life has portrayed such a manner that you can see the real and true colors of Manto's life with the dark fate of him. Shahid Nadeem should be praised for his superb dialogues which gives you a real happiness till the end of the movie. the oration in the end sums up the whole movie and leaving the question that what have we done to the people who were God gifted and true ambassadors of our art and culture.
Manto The Movie has drama, shades of love, empathy and tragedy wrapped in a harsh dark cover of reality from the past. The 20th century necrophilia plot revolves around Manto’s most controversial stories for which he had to face charges of obscenity. But labeling MANTO and his progressive writing as obscene and taboo was out of hatred and jealousy as we lost one of the best writers and story tellers of his time.