The Long Goodbye album review: Riz Ahmed echoes ache and bitterness of immigrants in a post-Brexit UK
Riz Ahmed released his first music in four years, The Long Goodbye, alongside a 12-minute short film.
Through Manto, how Nandita Das understood fence-sitters better, and employed cinema to evoke empathy
Only a year since her film Manto (2018) took her across the world to a myriad festivals and meets, Nandita Das is on the road yet again, with Saadat Hasan continuing to keep her faithful company. Firstpost catches up with the actor-director turned writer in Kolkata, and talks about her journey with Manto, her politics, and the only kind of people she wishes to engage with at present.
Reading Fikr Taunsvi's The Sixth River in 2019: Searing account of horrors of Partition resonates even today
The first-person account of the Partition by Fikr Taunsvi, titled The Sixth River: A Journal from the Partition of India, refers to the five rivers of Punjab, to which a sixth river, that of ‘fire and blood’, was added during that bloody period. Maaz Bin Bilal’s translation brings this stunning account to readers in English, and does so at a time when those histories are repeating themselves.
Tahir Raj Bhasin's method involves drawing inspiration from real life, and blending it with a little bit of himself
Tahir Raj Bhasin speaks to Firstpost about how his Chhicchore character, Derek, led a college life that was very different from his own, and his reaction on meeting Sunil Gavaskar for his upcoming film, 83.
How Mountbatten's monumental errors during Partition still inform the bitter relationship between India and Pakistan
The context for a bloody partition was set with the decision to sever Bengal in the east and Punjab in the west in half – giving Jinnah what he called a “moth-eaten Pakistan.” That killed any hopes of a federated India, which was Jinnah’s preference, if it allowed for power sharing and autonomy to Muslim majority provinces.
Firstpost Editor's Picks: Atishi pamphlet row, Bengal votes, revisiting Manto's Bombay; today's must-read stories
Atishi’s campaign, centred on her work in the sector of public education and the demand for statehood, has drawn both sympathy and suspicion from a vote bank more polarised than ever.
Nandita Das says she is disappointed Manto won't release in Pakistan: He belongs to both countries equally
Nandita Das said that Manto was not passed by Pakistan's Censor Board, citing that 'the film has anti-Partition narrative theme and explicit scenes'
Manto’s viewpoint — that Partition and its violence cannot be separated — corresponds more closely to how Indians view Partition. On the other hand, Pakistanis viewed Manto's bleak perspective with ambivalence because of their enthusiasm for the creation of a new country
Manto: Nandita Das' brilliantly crafted biopic isn't inclusive enough of those unaware of the writer
With Manto, Nandita Das may alienate those who are not well-versed with the writer's stories but that doesn't make the film any less brilliant
In conversation with the art director, costume designer and casting director — the architects of the world of Manto, directed by Nandita Das
Manto trailer: Nawazuddin Siddiqui portrays the Urdu poet's tribulations in a post-independent India
Manto is scheduled to hit theatres on 21 September, 2018
Manto has been selected to be screened at Toronto International Film Festival along with Anurag Kashyap's next Manmarziyaan.
Nandita Das on her directorial venture Manto: 'Made this film to respond to what is happening today'
In her latest directorial effort, Nandita Das tackles the problematic figure of Manto through Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s outstanding performance as the Urdu writer.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who will be seen playing Saadat Hasan Manto and Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in separate films, says he's done with cameos
In this conversation with Firstpost, Nandita Das talks about the perils of making a period film and the power of Saadat Hasan Manto's writing | #FirstCulture
Four of Saadat Hasan Manto's Partition stories are brough to life in Mantostaan.
From Faiz Ahmed Faiz's Subh-e-azadi to Khushwant Singh's Train to Pakistan, here is a list of books and films that capture the pain and pathos of Partition.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui will also play celebrated author Saadat Hasan Manto in a feature film directed by Nandita Das later this year.
It’s impossible not to think of Manto. In the part of Punjab that Bhikhiwind lies, (Sarabjit Singh’s hometown) words from Saadat Hassan Manto’s most famous story, ‘Toba Tek Singh’, keep streaming in.