How Saadat Hasan Manto dealt with the critics?

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

08th Jul, 2020. 09:46 pm

Famous poet Saadat Hasan Manto had received a lot of criticism for his work throughout his life.

Manto was a Colonial Indian and Pakistani writer, playwright, and author born in Ludhiana, India. Writing primarily in the Urdu language, he wrote 22 short story collections, a novel, five series of radio plays, three essay collections, and two personal sketches.

According to a micro-blogging user, Manto who was arrested for obscenity six times used to tackle the critics with his sharp responses.

One of his best responses is,

“If you cannot bear these stories then society is unbearable. Who am I to remove the clothes of this society, which itself is naked. I don’t even try to cover it, because it is not my job, that’s the job of the dressmaker.”

Recently Bollywood actor and filmmaker Nandita Das made a movie based on the life of Manto. It’s available on Netflix. Pakistani actor and filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat also made a film based on the post-partition life of Manto.

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