Manto is an Indian biographical drama film, written and directed by Nandita Das. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title character of Indo-Pakistani, Urdu author, writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Tahir Raj Bhasin plays the 40’s Bollywood Superstar Shyam Chadda. Shyam was Manto’s friend, confidant and inspiration for a number of stories. Rasika Dugal plays the role of Manto's wife Safia.
Manto is based on the 1940s post-Independence period of India. The poster of the film was unveiled at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Das made a short film titled In Defence of Freedom, also starring Nawazuddin in the main role, and was released on YouTube on 23 March 2017. The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and is set to release in Indian theatres in 21 September 2018. It was made as a prelude to the feature film. The film has multiple producers such as HP Studios, Filmstoc and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.
Ashirwad Hadkar from Prime Focus has provided DI services for this biographical drama film.