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'Manto...Ismat Haazir Hain' - Produced by Motley and directed by Naseeruddin Shah

This production, the second in Motley’s intended series of presentations on stage of Hindustani stories centers around the word ‘obscene’. Two short stories - BU (Odour) by Saadat Hasan Manto and Lihaal (The Quilt) by Ismat Chughtai, for which both the writers were in the mid-1940’s accused of obscenity and put on in the Lahore High Court - will be presented along with Ismat Apa’s hilarious account of the trial called “in the name of those married women” and another celebrated Manto story, The dog of Titwal.

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Playwright: Saadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chughtai


Language/s: Hindustani


Genre: Drama


Duration:  120 minutes


Interval: 10 minutes


Director: Naseeruddin Shah


Theatre Group: Motley




Storytellers: Imaaduddin Shah/Sayan Bannerjee, Sahil Vaid, Heebah Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah


Setting, Costumes, Art Direction: Ratna Pathak Shah


Lighting Design: Arghya Lahiri/Rahul Rai


Execution: Rahul Rai


Publicity Design: Kaajal Gadhia


Faiz Ahmed Faiz's Nazm Sung by: Rekha Bharadwaj


Music Composer: Vishal bharadwaj


Producer: Jairaj Patil


Suitable for: 18 years +


Dates & Venue:


  • Chennai: August 17, 2019, at Music Academy
  • Hyderabad: August 24, 2019, Ravindra Bharathi


Time: 7.30pm

Sponsors in Chennai

Associate Sponsor: Apollo Hospitals

Co-Sponsor: Casa Grand

Hospitality Partner: Taj Coromandel

Travel Partner: Air India

Sponsors in Hyderabad

Associate Sponsors: Apollo Hospitals, Aparna Constructions

Hospitality Partner: Taj Krishna

Travel Partner: Air India


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