66 years on, Manto’s legacy remains alive

GNN  |  Jan 18, 2021

Pakistan’s eminent writer, playwright, and poet Saadat Hasan Manto is remembered on his 66th death anniversary. The writer, known for his stories of Indian partition, Manto was a distressingly prophetic and daring writer. He was born into a middle-class Muslim family in the predominantly Sikh city of Ludhiana on May 11, 1912.

In his early 20s, he translated Russian, French and English short stories into Urdu, and through studying the work of western writers he learned the art of short story writing. He usually wrote an entire story in one sitting, with very few corrections, and his subjects tended to be those on the fringes of society.

Manto, who had penned stories in different languages, wrote at least 22 collections of short stories, a novel, five series of radio plays, three collections of essays and two collections of personal sketches.

The playwright, known for his controversial content, has been widely popular when it came to pop culture.

Last year, a film Manto, loosely based on his life won big at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The film starred critically acclaimed Indian actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and was helmed by award-winning director Nandita Das.

Siddiqui was lauded for his brilliant portrayal of Manto onscreen. 

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