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Saadat Hasan Manto | The movie and his sense of literature

Saadat Hasan Manto | The movie and his sense of literature

Manto Saadat full name is Saadat Hasan Manto was the son of Ghulam Hasan Manto who was born in Sarmala (India) on 11 may 1912. Basically he belonged to a great family of Kashmir and was a great fiction, novel, and story writer of Urdu literature. His famous stories are Toba Tek Singh, Khol Do, Thanda Gosht, Dhuaan aur Boo (Odour).  Saadat Hasan Manto was also radio and film script writer. He passed his school in 1931 and he joined Hindu Sabha College in Amritsar. Manto died in Lahore on 19 January 1955. In his 32 years life Manto made himself the only great Urdu writer whose stories and novels are still popular among the people of Pakistan and many of his stories are included in the course content of all Pakistani schools.

There are three things on which we can rate a writer. First what is the personal merit of the writer according to his scripts? Second on which points he leads the local and international writers? And the third is. What is the role of the writer in the history making of the particular language in which the writer is writing?

To know about Manto’s these three points one can enter deep into his character to know fully about his art and scripts. Because you cannot take the literal meaning of Manto stories there is always a very deep and great message in his stories.

Pakistan Movies Industry

Since 1995 there was a continuous decrease in the number of cinemas and theaters in Pakistan. In 1990 Pakistan possessed 750 cinema theaters but after 1995 there occurred the continuous downfall of Pakistani Movies Industry and the number of cinemas were 175 in 2002. But then Geo Film Production and ARY Films started their struggle and started the new cinema movement in Pakistan in 2009.

Geo Films announced many movies project which saw the light of the day, some of them are

1-Khuda k liya





And the list goes on. Each movie listed above was super hit movie which had somehow somewhere any good moral message.

Manto The Movie

  • 1) Trailer and Music

The official full length trailer Manto was released on 29, august, 2015 and the motion trailer and songs were released on 6, august, 2015.

  • 2) Movie

Manto is Pakistani 2015 biographical movie which is actually based on the life of short story writer and fiction writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Manto is a 2 hours and 7 minutes movie which was released on 11, September, 2015 in Pakistan. Sarmad Sultan Khoosat is on the title role of Saadat Hasan Manto. Which makes the movie even more interesting because Sarmad Sultan Khoosat is an actor, Director and also a script writer who is best known for his directing. So his directing and writing skills makes him able to go deep into Manto Saadat role. Manto movie is produced by Babar Javed and is written by Shahid Nadeem and its screen play is adapted from Manto Saadat short stories like Thanda Gosht, Madari, License, Hatak and Peshawar Se Lahore and the relationship of Manto Saadat with the Pakistani female singer Noor jehan is also shown in the movie.

  • 3) Plot Outline

It is the story of writer “Manto” who is from 20th century and who grew up in Showbiz industry of Lahore and Bombay. The movie focuses specially on  the last seven years of Manto Saadat life in which he wrote most of his controversial stories like  Thanda Gosht, Toba Tek Singh, License, Upar, Neechay aur Darmiyan and Peshawar Se Lahore. Which gave rise to a public disagreement and Manto Saadat had to face charges of obscenity thrice.

  • 4) Cast

Sarmad Khoosat as “Manto” or Manto Saadat

Sania Saeed as Safiya

Saba Qamar as Noor Jehan

Danyal Adam Khan as Hamid Jalal

Adnan Jaffar as Qudrat Ullah Shahab

Shamoon Abbasi as Eishar Singh

Tipu Sharif as Shaukat Hussain Rizvi

Arjumand Rahim as Nazneen

Hina Khawaja Bayat as Baighum sahiba

Rehan Sheikh as Mian Saheb

Faisal Qureshi as Radio actor

Nadia Afghan as Saugandhi

Yasra Rizvi as Balwant Kaur

Azfar Rehman as a passenger

  • 5) Sound track

The music album of “Manto” was released on 6, august, 2015 which consist of the following songs:

1-kaun hai yeh gustakh by Javed Bashir

2-Aah ko chahiya by Ali Sethi

3-Kya hoga by Zebunnisa Bangash and Ali Sethi

4-Mehram dilaan de mahi by Meesha Shafi

As a whole the Manto movie is perfect and is called “The darkly perfect biopic” by Mehreen Hasan. The movie rests on the shoulders of extremely talented Sarmad Sultan who had played Saadat Hasan Manto very real and Lollywood has rated it 4.4 out of 5. It is a big of must watch movies for all Pakistanis.

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