There was no first day, first show for Nandita Das’ Manto in several cities in India, and that left the actress-filmmaker “hugely disappointed”.

Manto, co-produced by HP Studios, Filmstoc and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, traces the life of writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has brought the character to life.

The film released on Friday. But its morning shows were cancelled in several cities like Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.

After getting several personal messages and coming across many posts complaining of show cancellations on Twitter, Nandita tweeted: “This is shocking! I just got a similar message from a friend in Ahmedabad… What’s going on? Viacom18 BookMyShow”

“Hugely disappointed… Six years of work and many people’s collective intent and commitment was to find its culmination this morning. Am assured by Viacom18 it will be fixed at noon today. Please let us know if it hasn’t been. Spreading Mantoiyat will not stop,” she added.

Nandita Das


Thank you for the review, @Troyribeiro. The use of “dry clean” or “miniature” are not anachronistic. In fact, they have been taken verbatim from Manto’s “Letters to Uncle Sam” and Manto used English and Hindi words often in his writings. 

‘Manto’: A moving biopic, astutely told (IANS Review, Rating: ***1/2)

Film: “Manto”; Director: Nandita Das; Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Duggal, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Tilottama Shome, Divya Dutta, Rishi Kapoor; Rating ***1/2

The issue came to light when one user wrote: “‘Manto’ morning shows cancelled all over India? That is what Mall of India folks from PVR Cinemas are telling me as they refuse to give me show tickets. Many others being refused. They say distributor issues. Happening all over India it seems.”

One user said “same is the condition in Pune they are saying that the shows are cancelled all over India”, while another said: “Couldn’t book my ticket in Mumbai also”.

It left many wondering about the reason behind the cancellation.

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“We would like to inform you that due to some technical glitch, the shows of the movie, Manto were cancelled. However, we would never want you to miss out on good cinema and are trying our best to bring you the shows of this most awaited movie. Stay tuned to our app/website for latest updates regarding this,” read a response from the official Twitter handle PVR Support.

The most ridiculous thing happened today. Went for a movie at @_PVRCinemas to be told the shows have been cancelled. All the shows through the day. In my 28 years of existence this hasn’t happened.

Cinépolis India also came forward to explain the reason behind the issue.

“Hi! Apologies! We wish to inform you that we’ve received the print now and we’ll be playing the next show at 1.25 p.m. You can book your tickets for the same via our website/app or at the Box Office,” a post on their official Twitter account read.

Pradeep Gopalan@PGopalan57

Have just returned from Cinepolis -Magnet Mall at Bhandup Mumbai only to be turned away from the previously advertised 1030 am show of this morning. refunded tkts to its patrons but I kept wondering if distributors are conspiring to wreck good cinema.

Hi! Apologies! We wish to inform you that we’ve received the print now and we’ll be playing the next show at 1.25 pm. You can book your tickets for the same via our website/app or at the Box Office. Website:

When one user expressed his disappointment over missing a “great movie”, Nandita wrote: “That’s what the distribution team of Viacom18 is supposed to do. They are checking. Rest assure Manto will reach you. The story must be told and heard. Thank you all for your interest and support. Please keep me posted.”

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in and as Manto.

The film follows the most tumultuous years in the life of the iconoclastic writer Manto and those of the countries — India and Pakistan — which Manto inhabited and chronicled. The film stars Rasika Dugal as Manto’s wife and Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rishi Kapoor and Divya Dutta in key roles.

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