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Thread: A tribute to Saadat Manto
09-06-2011, 11:10 PM #1
A tribute to Saadat MantoHe was reputed as one of the best short story tellers of the 20th century, chronicling the events during and after the partition of India in 1947. But Saadat Hassan Manto was also the most controversial writer of that time and was tried six times for obscenity for his Urdu works.
And so now, producer Sunil Bohra and Vipin Sharma, who played Darsheel’s father in Taare Zameen Par, are all geared up to pay tribute to Manto. Reportedly, the two are working on a play based on Manto’s story Toba Tek Singh.
Producer Sunil Bohra (above)
and actor Vipin Shah (below)
A source informed that the play, which will be held in a five-star hotel in Mumbai in November, will have Sharma acting and directing the play.
“Sanjay Chouhan is writing the play for Sunil Bohra. The play will be based on Saadat Hasan Manto’s story Toba Tek Singh, a powerful satire based on the relationship between India and Pakistan.
The story revolves around Bishan Singh, a Sikh inmate in an asylum in Lahore, who gets transferred from the town Toba Tek Singh to India after the 1947 partition,” said the source.
When contacted, Bohra confirmed the news and said, “I have wanted to do this play for a long time now. It is my tribute to this iconic writer.
I could not find the right actor or director to make the play earlier.
However, when I spoke to Vipin he shared my sentiments. We were on the same page and immediately decided to do it.
We will be having a grand premiere of the play on November 14. We will donate some of the proceeds to various NGOs”