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ART & CULTURE

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Comic books, Mootri, Saadat Hasan Manto, Manto

Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto's 'Mootri' as a graphic novel

This along with works by comic book writers and artists will be showcased at the Indie Comix Festival on May 13.

VARIETY

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Cannes, Saadat Hasan Manto, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manto

'Why would I want to undress a society that's already naked?': Nandita Das on what Manto would still say of our times

The filmmaker on the writer's continuing relevance, and the importance of the Cannes Film Festival.

ART & CULTURE

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Thanda Ghost, Mozel, Communal Violence, Saadat Hasan Manto

We need Saadat Hasan Manto today to make sense of the time

Religious extremism is taking an ugly turn with each passing day. The Urdu literary doyen would have risen against such exploitation.

ART & CULTURE

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Saadat Hasan Manto, Short Stories, Urdu, Urdu Literature

A short history of greatest Urdu short stories ever told

[Book extract] Not until Premchand did it develop into a discrete genre and a major landmark of literary topography.

VOICES

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Saadat Hasan Manto, Manto

Why I feel Nandita Das’s long short doesn’t do justice to Manto

Where is the hopelessness and the marginalisation of an artist? Where is the angst?

ART & CULTURE

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Conclave 17, Nandita Das, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saadat Hasan Manto

For Nandita Das, Saadat Hasan Manto embodies freedom of speech

As part of the #BigShorts for India Tomorrow series, ‘In Defence of Freedom’ makes for a compelling watch.

ART & CULTURE

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Literature, Sex workers, Saadat Hasan Manto, Manto

Why it's hard for an actor to play Saadat Hasan Manto

With all the nuances of his compassion and eccentricities.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Miscellany  |  4-minute read
Films, Partition, Saadat Hasan Manto

Caution: Toba Tek Singh film will rouse interest in Manto again

70 years after Partition, the master wordsmith can still move us with his takedowns of violence and other all-too-human failings.

ART & CULTURE

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Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chughtai, Partition

How Ismat Chughtai and Manto gave India its first feminist literature

'Thanda Gosht' and 'Lihaaf' intersect in the bleak concealment of social transgressions behind a metaphorical purdah.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Gulp Fiction  |  6-minute read
India-Pak relations, Saadat Hasan Manto, Literature

Why Saadat Hasan Manto should not be read

Neither Pakistan nor India deserves him.