Mantostaan Reviews by Critics

Average Rating of All 'Mantostaan ' Review - 2 stars

Mantostaan Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

The film fails in translation: it is a forced construct, and comes off flat and stagey, both in treatment and performance. It’s only the power of the original material which breaks through once in a while and holds us. Raghuvir Yadav’s face, as he searches for his lost daughter, crumbling with mounting despair, will stay etched in memory. So will the absolute horror of a moment, in which a phrase triggers an action in a young girl after she is rescued from a gang of aggressors. It breaks your heart. If done better, this film would have been a fitting testament to our times.

Mantostaan Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Mantostaan is a small, intimate portrait of bloodthirsty men and their quarries aimed at exposing the sheer absurdity of sectarian intolerance. The statement it makes is by no means insubstantial: in an honest and heartfelt manner, the film spotlights the fault lines that history has bequeathed the subcontinent. The repercussions continue to haunt us as venomous elements lurking in the shadows grow bolder by the day gnaw into the vitals of the nation.

Mantostaan Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Akhri Salaam is about soldiers who served in the same regiment once now divided by the partition into fighting against each other. Of course the story was relevant once and there is dignity shown by both Pakistani and Indian soldiers, but it gets dragged so much (stilted dialog, odd camera angles) you want to fall on the bayonet yourself. The bizarre splicing together of four stories makes no sense whatsoever. Just because the filmmakers chose to ride on the shoulder of a literary giant does not make the film worthy. Such a pitiful waste of a good idea.

Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Mantostaan seems like the first draft of a potentially unputdownable book. A slightly more experienced filmmaker would have done wonders with it. But in this state, it’s like a decent read with a great epilogue.

Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Lack of research, exaggerated violence and a forced attempt at stitching the short stories together makes this an exhausting watch. The closing slide quantifies those killed in the retributive genocide between religions in the Punjab province to be between 2,00,000 and 20,00,000. That’s as vague as saying, the meteor landed somewhere between Kashmir and Kanyakumari.

Review by Arnab Banerjee on Deccan Chronicle

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

In Mantostaan, writer-director Rahat Kazmi’s adaptation of four of Manto’s controversial stories — Agreement, Thanda Gosht, Khol Do and Akhri Salute — is slack and superficial. Kazmi compiles all the stories into a single narrative, but, as it turns out, Mantostaan is frustratingly uneven, struggling to maintain momentum in its inadequate attempt at capturing the genius of the renegade writer, and the flames of the partition. To make things worse, any time the fluctuating narrative starts to pick up steam, the effect is marred by poor acting. Its jarring use of changing perspectives is too lifeless to have any impact.

Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

The execution of MANTOSTAAN by Rahat Kazmi gives a feeling that the genius of Manto’s prose is misunderstood by the maker to be just terrifying and sensational stories; they are much deeper in sense and more powerful and bigger in its impact. Manto was a fearless hunter as a writer, Rahat Kazmi’s MANTOSTAAN is a pointless blunder as a film. What a pitiful, terrible waste of a cult literature.

Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice

Rating: ★★★★☆

Mantostaan must be commended for opening up Manto’s stories. And never mind if the new space provided for the stories to unfold are never quite filled with the riveting fury of M S Sathyu’s Garam Hawa or Govind Nihalani’s Tamas. At least someone has dared to look back during these times of modern day mythology at an angry irrational time when civilization lost its humanism. For reminding us how much history’s lessons need to be learnt by successive generations of unattentive thrill-seekers, Mantostaan deserves a place in your heart.

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