Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nandita Das‘ Manto is all set to release across the world, however before that, it was screened at Cannes 2018 a few days back. And while we had heard that it got a good round of appluase, we were waiting for the reviews to come out, so that we can get a clearer picture. Finally, after two days, we got hold of a few reviews from Indian as well as international critics and we have to say Manto seems good. In fact, the critics were bowled over by Nawazuddin’s brilliant act and Nandita’s fantastic screenplay. Check out what they had to say about Manto right here.
Saibal Chatterjee in his review for NDTV wrote, “Manto is a highly watchable, immediately thought-provoking cinematic work that does not have to deliver sledgehammer blows quite in the manner of Manto‘s more confrontational stories. While some might find that underwhelming, the strategy actually enhances the impact of the film. They drill deep. This is as much because of the depth of the screenplay as the quality of the performances of the key and not-so-key actors, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui bringing both restraint and rage to bear upon his performance as the troubled but defiantly uncompromising protagonist. He is phenomenally good, especially in scenes where he has to convey the minutest of shifts in emotions and states of mind. Rasika Dugal, in her longest big-screen role to date, serves as the ideal foil, becoming the moral centre of the writer’s world. As the rock-steady Safia, the troubled author’s wife and soulmate, Dugal is warmth and dignity personified.” (ALSO READ – Manto teaser: Nawazuddin Siddique’s unconventional act of a writer will leave you intrigued – watch video)
Wendy Ide from ScreenDaily wrote in her review, “Through the story of celebrated writer Saadat Hasan …read more