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‘Manto’: ‘Nagri Nagri’ song depicts the life and relationships of Saadat Hasan Manto
Ever since filmmaker Nandita Das announced her film ‘Manto’ based on the life of the Indo-Pakistani writer, author and playwright Saadat Hasan Manto, every book lover who has read the works of Manto has been eagerly looking forward to the film’s release.
The makers of ‘Manto’ have finally treated the viewers with the first song of the film. Composed by Sneha Khanwalkar, the song is titled ‘Nagri Nagri’ and is sung by none other than composer-singer Shankar Mahadevan. The song will take you back in time (1940s) and it’ll give you a glimpse of how Manto had an effect on people and his journey as a writer.
The song opens with a dialogue exchange where a man who has just met Manto tells him, “Badi khushi hui aapse milkar(Pleased to meet you).” Manto very bluntly replies, “Abhi toh hum mile hi hain. Itni jaldi khushi bhi ho gayi aapko?(We have just met and you are already happy?)”
This simple dialogue shows the kind of man Manto was. “Woh nagri nagri phira musafir, ghar ka rasta bhool gaya” goes the lyrics of this song which is actually a ghazal penned by Meeraji. Nawazuddin as Manto and Rasika Dugal as his wife share a very nice chemistry in the song.
Produced by HP Studios, Filmstoc, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Nandita Das Initiatives, ‘Manto’ will hit the silver screens on September 21, 2018.