Mantorama is an original play in which Shafiq attempts to bring Manto’s world of ingenious imagination alive on stage. The performance is a confluence of Manto’s life and his writings and includes various biographical incidents which had a significant impact on the course of his life. Manto leaving his birthplace, his life after marriage, the law suits against him and his migration to Pakistan are a few glimpses that Mantorama brings forth.
The play also explores some of his famous short stories including “Hatak” (Insult) and “Thanda Gosht" (Cold Meat). Characters from the various short stories deftly interact with the author to question and debate Manto’s craft as a writer.
Excerpts from his short stories are embedded within his real life events to present an insightful view of Manto the man versus Manto the writer.