Sarmad Sultan Khoosat is directing a new drama serial Manto

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Saadat Hassan Manto (May 11, 1912 – January 18, 1955) was a Pakistani short story writer of the Urdu language. He is best known for his short stories.

Saadat Hasan Manto was also a film and radio scriptwriter and a journalist. He published twenty-two collections of short stories, one novel, five collections of radio plays, three collections of essays, and two collections of personal sketches.

He wrote about the topics considered social taboos in Indo-Pakistani Society. His concerns on the socio-political issues, from local to global level are revealed in his series. He is often compared with D. H. Lawrence.

On his writing he often commented, “If you find my stories dirty, the society you are living in is dirty. With my stories, I only expose the truth.”

In his short and poverty-racked life of 43 years, Manto wrote only what he believed in. Manto was closely linked to his society and it has reflected in his writing; in a creative way.

This year is marked  Manto’s birth centenary, The Executive Director of Ajoka Theatre Nadeem and Director, actor and script writer  Sarmad Khoosat teamed up to bring together a drama serial for television audiences with the name, “Manto.”

The aim to telecast this serial is to rediscover the Saadat Hassan Manto’s short-lived 43 years. “This is the first time that Manto’s life story is being presented alongside the socio-political conditions of the early ‘50s.”

Nadeem has spent several months researching the script and exploring deeper into the records of those times. “For Manto’s life and crisis, I had to meet people and look at some supporting material,” says Nadeem.

“It was quite difficult task gathering information about those times and the other characters.” He has weaved in Manto’s less popular stories inside the script of his life.

The story is about Manto and his migration as a relatively successful screenwriter from India, but a conflicted one in Pakistan. It was a time when the country had started to align itself with America, and the religious rights put a full-frontal attack on the ideology of Pakistan.
via The Express Tribune

After partition, Manto came to Pakistan with high-hopes, but his hopes were ruined, He applied for a permit for a printing press but he was not allowed to get a job. The authorities gave him permit for an ice factory.

Nadeem is currently writing a television drama serial called “Mahrani.”  It’s a political serial based on a lower-middle class housewife who accidentally enters into the world of politics and then becomes a leading political figure.

Sarmad Sultan Khoosat is best known for directing the drama Humsafar and Shehr-e-Zaat. He is the son of veteran actor Irfan Khoosat who is  best known for his role of the ‘Direct Hawaldaar’ in Andhera Ujala, an epic play presented by the Pakistan Television (PTV) during the eighties.

Sarmad Sultan Khoosat would play the role of Saadat Hasan Manto in drama serial Manto.

The cast of drama serial ‘Manto’ includes: Saba Qamar, Mahira Khan, Sania Saeed, Afraz Rasool, Nimra Bucha, Syed Yorguc. The drama is still in its production phase and will be aired in early 2013.

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    im veryyyyyy excited for this upcoming drama cuz of mahira
    khan <3 <3