Hp STUDIOS (HP Studios), Viacom 18 (Viacom 18), Nandita DAS (Nandita Das Initiatives), Namrata GOYAL (Filmstoc), Sandrine Brauer MARIE MASMONTEIL (En Compagnie Des Lamas)), Shamas Nawab SIDDIQUI (Magic If Films)
The film follows the most tumultuous four years in the life of Saadat Hasan Manto and that of the two countries he inhabits – India and Pakistan. In Bombay’s seedy-shiny film world, Manto and his stories are widely read and accepted. But as sectarian violence engulfs the nation, Manto makes the difficult choice of leaving his beloved Bombay. In Lahore, he finds himself bereft of friends and is unable to get his writings published. His increasing alcoholism leads him into a downward spiral. Through all of this, he continues to write prolifically, without dilution. This is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man who tries to make sense of it all.