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Unfortunately Nandita Das's sophomore directorial venture Manto serves neither as a primer on the (in)famous author, nor offers any deeper insight to those familiar with his oeuvre.
"Manto" is elegant and old school, epic without losing sight of the personal.
Captures the spirit of the great Urdu poet and writer.
Manto is an engrossing experience and one that finds itself perhaps more relevant today than it might've been even ten years ago.
The maestro Zakir Hussain provides an intricate background score, one that is occasionally highlighted by a discordant, drunken sitar twang. This sense of intoxication informs the visuals as well.
As Manto, Siddiqui is at the top of his game, embodying his mannerisms and body language, but even he cannot make up for the flaws in the script.
Director Nandita Das beautifully stitches five of the famous Urdu author's short stories into the narrative of his life's definitive five-year period. But perhaps her film's most distinctive trait is its contextualization of his life through his work...
There is a wealth of detail here, based on copious research. However, in order to make sense of the numerous cameos and walk-on parts, viewers need to have a little knowledge of the world Manto inhabited
...it's a faithful recreation of the life and times of one of Indian subcontinent's literary giants whose writings are still as relevant today as they were then.
Watch it for the director's flawless interweaving of Manto's poignant writing into her script and watch it for the words - spoken and unspoken.
Das displays great skill and sensitivity as a director, which unfortunately is held back by her choice of a conventional narrative template.
Das's respectful biopic is elegantly directed and features terrific performances. But it's a slog recounting Manto's ordeals.
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