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After filmmaker Nandita Das’ Manto starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui was banned from releasing in Pakistan, it is now reportedly available for the Pakistani audiences via Netflix.

Taking to Facebook, the director announced that her film is now streamable on the subscription-based platform around the globe.

“Manto is on Netflix worldwide! Go watch it if you haven’t,” she wrote.


Essaying the life of controversial author Sadat Hasan Manto, the film looked at the pre-Partition days of the writer in Bombay. It was reportedly favoured to release in Pakistan. However, after the recent conditions between the two nations seeing a turn for the worse, distributors backed out from bringing the already-contended film to the country.

The Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer didn’t see success in India either, where the film’s screen allocation was abruptly made half of its size without any explanation.

“Hugely disappointed… six years of work and many people’s collective intent and commitment was to find its culmination this morning,” Nandita Das, the film’s director wrote on Twitter. “Am assured by Viacom18Movies it will be fixed at noon today. Please let us know if it has not been. Spreading #Mantoiyat will not stop.”