When Manto leaves for Lahore, the film and the protagonist falls into a melancholic meditative mood mourning the passing of an era when the country and its people were split into two messy halves.
Celebrities like Ranvir Shorey, Divya Dutta, Purab Kohli, Rajshri Deshpande and Swanand Kirkire also worked for free for the film.
Here is Manto revived by an actor and a director who get to the centre of Manto's universe by exploring the ambience that fostered his creative juices while constantly trying to stem its flow.
Directed by Nandita Das, "Manto" primarily focuses on the writer's years in Mumbai, a city he loved and mourned being separated from.
Manto, best known for his stories on Partition, was born on May 11, 1912 and migrated to Pakistan after 1947 and died at the age of 55 on January 18, 1955.