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     1'''Sadat Hasan Manto (1912-55)''' 
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     4Major Urdu writer and scenarist whose work 
     5has defined the literary and the filmic 
     6iconography of Partition (e.g. in his most 
     7famous story, Toba Tek Singh, cf. Manto, 1987), 
     8of the urban dispossessed and of the post- 
     9Independence political and bureaucratic ruling 
     10class. Often wrote diary or travelogue-type 
     11fictions with himself as observer or in 
     12conversation with his protagonist. A journalist 
     13in Aligarh, he went to Bombay to edit the film 
     14weekly Mussawar (1936). Joined Imperial as 
     15storywriter; in 1943 joined Filmistan, injecting 
     16some contemporary consciousness into its 
     17largely apolitical productions (e.g. Dattaram 
     18Pai’s Eight Days, 1946). Later, with Ashok 
     19Kumar, rejoined Bombay Talkies and in 1948 
     20migrated to Lahore to get away from the 
     21persecution of Muslims in Bombay. His 
     22published writings include 15 short-story 
     23anthologies, one novel (Baghair Unwan Ke, 
     241940), a play (Teen Auratein, 1942), essays 
     25(Manto Ke Mazamin, 1942) and a famous 
     26autobiographical account of his years in films, 
     27Meena Bazaar (1962/1984). His work was the 
     28basis of the British TV film Partition (1987), 
     29followed by the publication of his Kingdom’s 
     30End and Other Stories; acclaimed by Salman 
     31Rushdie as the ‘master of the modern Indian 
     32short story’. Among the main films he scripted 
     33are Gidwani’s Kisan Kanya (1937), Dada 
     34Gunjal’s Apni Nagariya (1940), Shaukat 
     35Hussain’s Naukar (1943), Gyan Mukherjee’s 
     36Chal Chal Re Naujawan (dial), Harshadrai 
     37Mehta’s Ghar Ki Shobha (both 1944), Eight 
     38Days, J.K. Nanda’s Jhumke (st), Savak Vacha’s 
     39Shikari (dial; all 1946) and Sohrab Modi’s 
     40Mirza Ghalib (st; 1954). 
     41 
     42[[Writer]]