Dhaka audience will have the chance to watch Indian filmmaker Nandita Das’ Manto, a biopic featuring the life of celebrated and castigated Urdu writer Saadat Hossain Manto, today at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy.
The screening is to be held at 4:15pm and is a part of the fourth edition of Dhaka Lit Fest, which opens today.
Manto, the two-hour biopic, which held its premiere in the last edition of Cannes Film Festival, follows the last eight or so years (from 1946 to 1955) of the famous Urdu short story writer.
The biopic opens in 1946, just before the partition of India and Pakistan. Manto, a non-practicing Muslim of Kashmiri origin, appears proud over his nation’s forthcoming autonomy.
But before long, the country gets riddled with violence, hatred and mass dispossession which deeply unsettles Manto. He is eventually forced to move to Lahore, in the newly created state of Pakistan, where his wife’s family lives.
The heavy impact of the partition on Manto and his acid observation of the lives in the newly-divided Indian subcontinent are featured in the biopic with reference to Manto’s short stories like Thanda Gosht, Toba Tek Singh and others.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has donned the role of Saadat Hasan Manto in the biopic that also stars Rasika Dugal, Rajshri Deshpande, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal in pivotal roles.
Following the screening, director Nandita Das will speak on the biopic and participate in a Q&A session.
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