"The wilful biography of a drunk and unabashed writer."
Manto- the very name, back in the days leading up to the days of the infamous India-Pakistan partition and beyond, found itself doing rounds more in court trials rather in the throngs of literary thoroughfares.
Was the film then, a story of a criminal you'd say?
Well, it might as well be.
For a person, who in his works carved a mirror for all of society's filth, never giving a second thought about the moral and superficial ramifications of it is no less of a criminal, is he?
In retrospect, it doesn't matter what opinion you have of him, that of a hopeful cynic or of a misguided vigilante.
Manto would have his way anyway.
Nandita Das' astutely told biopic of a man, who stands out irrevocably from a pantheon of literary geniuses, to be the crudest story teller of all time, is all poised to be the crown jewel of Bollywood for the year, if not marred by unnecessary sensationalism.
The film dabbles along seamlessly in bringing to life the trials and tribulations of this much tortured artist, who got divided to his core in his quest of a freedom.
The accuracy that the feature packs, in wrapping up all of Manto's many turmoils, bears a striking close resemblance to how the man himself used to capture society in his arresting words.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in yet another inimitable performance, bares before us the soul of a writer who's arguably among the most misunderstood of his time, and in doing so reiterates his status as the toast of Bollywood.
The taut writing and the delicate screenplay, which masterfully weaves in and out of Manto's stories itself, renders a further artistic undertone to the movie and makes it more humane.
The ending of the film is quite poignant in its attempt to showcase the troubled conscience of Manto with the help of his one of characters, who was a loon.
And as the loon lay slain at the end of the narrative, so did Manto's conscience, battered and bruised by the ravages of Partition.
It is as how the writer puts it "In the end nothing real lasts..but only the stories and their characters", and hence once again, despite all odds, Manto manages to steal the last laugh.
"The Greatest Showman" (2017)
The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the film of the same name. Produced by Greg Wells, Justin Paul, Benj Pasek, the album became a global success following the release of the film, topping the charts in several countries including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan. The album also reached number one on iTunes in over 77 countries. In the United Kingdom, the album is a commercial success and is the best-selling album of 2018. It became only the second album in 30 years to spend 11 consecutive weeks at number 1 and in its 20th week atop the UK Albums Chart, it became the longest running soundtrack at number 1 in 50 years, and has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.
Release Date: December 8, 2017
Album Duration: 39:51
"The Greatest Show" - The Film's Ensemble
"The Other Side" - Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman
"Rewrite the Stars" - Zac Efron, Zendaya
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