Director Nandita Das needs a standing ovation. Her painstaking work of going back in time to the pre- and post partition days is brutal in its depiction. Even though she lingers only but a moment on a scene, it is enough to understand the viciousness of it all.
Right from the very first sequence, Manto portrays elements of brilliance: be it the storytelling the aesthetics, the costumes, the impeccable detailing or even the sound.
Watching Irrfan and Nawazuddin in the same frame is a treat. As the new recruit who is to take on Sajjan’s job in the Claims Department, Nawazuddin is annoying to the point of being likeable. Nimrat is just perfect for this role and she dishes out every scene with brilliance rarely seen in someone so new.