Manto movie is to be released on 21st September, which is the biopic of Saadat Hasan. He was the famous writer known for his atrocious truth in his writing which no one dared to talk about. He had produced 22 short stories, novels, five series of short plays, three collections of essays and two collection of personal sketches.
Saadat Hassan Manto was born in Paproudi village of Samrala, in the Ludhiana district of the Punjab in a Muslim family of barristers on 11 May 1912. His father was a judge of a local court. He was the proud Kashmiri as in one of his letter to Pandit Nehru he suggested that being ‘beautiful’ was the second meaning of being ‘Kashmiri’.
The big turning point in his life came in 1933, at age 21, when he met Abdul Bari Alig, a scholar and polemic writer, in Amritsar. Abdul Bari Alig encouraged him to find his true talents and read Russian and French authors. From then and there he started reading novels and writing it in his own style made him famous in the India and Pakistan. Within the month he wrote the Urdu Translation of Victor Hugo’s The Last Day of a Condemned Man, which was published by Urdu Book Stall, Lahore as Sarguzasht-e-Aseer (A Prisoner’s Story).
After the partition they migrated to Pakistan from Bombay and started living near and associated with several prominent intellectuals including Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Nasir Kazmi, Ahmad Rahi and Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi. They all used to gather at Lahore’s iconic Pak Tea House, witness to some of the most fiery literary debates and passionate political arguments back in 1948–49.
He has obscenity in his writing for which he had faced trial six times. Three before the independence and three after the independence. Also, he had been chrged for it under the section of 292 Indian Penal Code and Pakistan Penal Code. Regarding the obscenity he has an opinion that he is not a pornographer but a story writer. The whole journey of Saadat Hasan Manto is being shown in the upcoming movie directed by Nandita Das.