The Book Clube Pune in The Time of Corona hosted MANTO RETRO presented by Chetan Shetty (10th May, 2020) on Zoom. The performance was an English storytelling retrospective of Saadat Hassan Manto’s stories and the story of his life.
Saadat Hasan Manto; 11 May 1912 – 18 January 1955) was a colonial Indian and Pakistani writer, playwright and author born in Ludhiana, India.Writing mainly in Urdu, he produced 22 collections of short stories, a novel, five series of radio plays, three collections of essays and two collections of personal sketches. His best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Manto was known to write about the hard truths of society that no one dared to talk about. He is best known for his stories about the partition of India, which he opposed, immediately following independence in 1947.
Manto was tried for obscenity six times; thrice before 1947 in British India, and thrice after independence in 1947 in Pakistan, but was never convicted. He is acknowledged as one of the finest 20th century Urdu writers and is the subject of two biographical films: Manto, directed by Sarmad Khoosat and the 2018 film Manto, directed by Nandita Das.