Irrfan Khan to play writer Manto in Nandita Das’ next

Actress and philanthropist Nandita Das who made her directorial debut with the award winning film Firaaq, is all set to don the director’s hat once again. She will now be adapting the life of famous writer Manto for her next and will have Irrfan Khan playing the role of the protagonist.


Revealing that Irrfan Khan’s looks resemble the real Manto, Nandita Das stated that Irrfan is not only fluent in Urdu but also a wonderful actor. While she is still in the initial stages of scripting, she did reveal that she will be capturing the crucial seven years of Manto’s life which includes his life before and after the partition. She has also expressed her desire to shoot the film partly in Pakistan to maintain its authenticity.

Manto, known as, Saadat Hasna Manto, was a Pakistani writer, playwright and author whose writing represented the era of before and after Partition of India. He experimented through various literary works like short stories, sketches, essays and even radio plays.

Manto is set in Mumbai and Lahore of that era and Nandita Das is co-writing the script with Mir Ali Hussain