Man(ke)to dekho

Mid Day - - Daily Dossier -

Nan­dita Das’s biopic on famed writer Saa­dat Hasan Manto re­ceived a warm re­sponse in In­dia. How­ever, with our neigh­bours, the film isn’t quite sit­ting well. Now, fol­low­ing Pak­istan’s ban on the movie, a man named Saeed Ahmed — who con­sulted the direc­tor through the course of pro­duc­tion — has or­gan­ised a silent protest in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Lahore Press Club to­day. Das took to so­cial me­dia to con­vey her grat­i­tude and said, “I am over­whelmed by the spon­ta­neous sup­port it has gar­nered from so many around the world.” But it also made us pon­der about the irony of the fact that 60 years ago, Manto’s works were pro­hib­ited in the coun­try. Will they ever agree?

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