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Manto Remix | Some Silly Sporty Stories

Saadat Hasan Manto (1912–1955), the uncrowned emperor of undivided India's story writers, had he been alive today, what kind of stories would he be writing? The anthology film - 'Manto Remix' is a creative presumption to tackle this very question. Some things in the world change within a moment just with the gust of wind and some get up and stand proudly even after getting crushed under the wheel of time. The stories of Manto are also standing up proudly. It has definitely befallen that the look and feel of the times changed a bit. The things used in life have changed. The more nano the thing called technology, becomes the bigger Eve of the times. The fight for women to achieve equal status in the world of men is intensifying today. In the midst of all this, the world still needs Manto because the man who changes colors and maneuvers with time has not changed. As his goodness and badness, happiness and sorrow, shortcomings and merits, compulsions and trickeries are the same.

'Manto Remix' is an attempt to see four such stories of this brilliant Storywriter in today’s times, which are directly related to the man-woman relationship. And this was Manto’s favorite subject too. Despite that he was accused of writing obscenity and nudity. Writing on the relationship of man-woman, he faced a lot of opposition, suffered mental harassment and also faced the court cases. Many of his stories were called 'dirty, derogatory and objectionable' by his opponents. The four stories of 'Manto Remix', Thandi Aurat (Frigid Woman), Man and Wife, Love and Marriage and Thanda Aadmi (Frigid Man), explore and bring them on-screen with full depth. Thandi Aurat is the story of a housemaker who is angry with her husband for having illicit relations with other women. ‘Man and wife’ brings forth the hollowness of trust in the relationship between husband and wife. ‘Love and Marriage’ depicts the relationship of two sisters to a man. ‘Thanda Aadmi’ tells the story of a man's guilt.

These four stories of 'Manto Remix' anthology are independent in their original sensibility and the threads of the ancient relationship of Adam and Eve. It raises such things about which Manto said, 'If you find my stories obscene or dirty, then the society you live in is vulgar and dirty. My stories only tell the truth. 'Manto Remix’ also explores the man-woman relationship of civilized society. It’s a post-mortem of the lives inside closed doors. Here you witness the result of ruthless investigation, where such a naked truth comes to the fore, which at times disturbs you a lot. Apart from this anthology exploring society and the relationship between men and women, it touches the human psychology as well along with satire and sarcasm. It touches the basic things of love, quarrel, selfishness, tussle, humor and relationship between man and woman. Manto had said that my stories are for common man who consider a woman's tits & butts as tits & butts, nothing more than that. The same can be said about 'Manto Remix'. If you are unfamiliar with the reality of the times, then watch this anthology titled – Manto Remix.

  • Shrivas Nydu
  • Ravi Buley
  • Yash Thakur
  • Shrivas Nydu
  • Ravi Buley
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    Manto Remix | Char Matwali Manchali Kahaniyan
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    1 hour 26 minutes 9 seconds
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    June 21, 2021
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    110,000 USD
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Director Biography - Shrivas Nydu

(Film Director)
The undersigned is a post graduate in Advertising and Public Relations. He has been associated with the field of film making for more than 18 years, though graduated in graphic designing and worked as a visualizer in initial years of his career. As per the Films are concerned, he has been associated with well known Indian production houses like Professional Management Group, Durga Khote Productions, Neo Films, Balaji Telefilms Ltd., Shri Ashtvinayak Cinevision Ltd., Eros International, Superads, Indian Infotainment Media Corporations and Shashi Sumit Productions and so on. Following is his Professional Record and filmography…

Year Assignment Designation
2020 Was working in Advertising production house – ZoomMantra Video Productions, Saki Naka, Mumbai until Covid19 Pandemic. Completed a documentary titled – Dirty Documentary – An Evening with Rampat ‘Harami’. Script writer & Director
2019 Completed final 10 films (91-100) of 100 films series titled – Personalities of India. Some festival films and web series are in the pipeline. Festival Feature film ‘Balakka - Loved Women’ is released on Kreative Karma Channel crossed 1Million+Views and views generating in large numbers day by day. Director
2018 BSNL TVCs with World Champion (Boxing) Mary Kom running on TVs these days. Shot independent shorts – Manto Trilogy. The second film of the Trilogy – Fraud Manto is travelling to several International Film Festivals besides premiered in Jagran Film Festival, Mumbai Chapter. Completed 10 films (81-90) from the 100 films series - Personalities of India. Completed the shoot for a feature length independent fiction (Untitled). Worked as the festival director for IFFC – 2018, organized by Department of Tourism, Rajasthan. Director
2017 Apart from his regular directing tens of TVCs, he has been the FESTIVAL DIRECTOR for International Festival of Short Films on Culture & Tourism (IFFC) 2017 Jaipur, Rajasthan (The festival is an event to promote tourism in Rajasthan. Add to the events he has been Festival Director for GANDHI PANORAMA (International Film Festival on Gandhi ji & his Principles) Bihar Edition 2017. Later he produced & directed a short titled “Manto’s Marriage” which is getting good response at Festival Circuit all over the world. Director
2016 Apart from making tens of TVCs and corporate documentaries he has been the festival director for Rajasthan Govt’s International Festival of Short Films on Culture & Tourism (28-30th March 2016), Jaipur. Director
2015 19 Films for the theatrical series Personalities Of India apart from it a number of TVCs and corporate documentaries for several corporate houses including Hindustan Petroleum, Mumbai. Researcher, Writer & Director

2014 Remarkable work for the year is Reviving Imagery a feature length documentary on Palamau, Satyajit Ray & Aranyer Dinratri, apart from several corporate and ad films. 11 Short Films (News Reels) on Personalities of India for Theatrical Release. Researcher Writer & Director
2013 A number of television commercials for brands like, Paras Pipes, Times Gehena, Chandan Mukhwas, Vandevi Hing, Easy Go Trip, Competition Commission of India, G-1 Herbal Tea and so on.
Chappal Chor(The Sandal Thief) a no dialogue short of 14 min. Writer & Director
2012 Balakka – Loved Woman, a Black Comedy 91min feature film. The film has got official selection for competition category for South West London International Film Festival-2012, London, Delhi International Film Festival-2012, New Delhi and MIFF’13, Cairo, Egypt. Writer & Director
2011-2010 Dozens of TVCs. AVs for big corporate like ICICI, Documentaries on Tribals, Shabda Yog Foundation, India, Shukratal the pilgrimage, and few Propagandistic Short Docu-Fictions including Live Life with Standards. Researcher
Writer & Director
2009-2008 Film titled AA DEKHEN ZARA directed by Jehangir Surti and produced by Viki Rajani for Eros International Ltd. The film’s stars include Bipasha Basu, Neil N. Mukesh and Rahul Dev and it released worldwide 2009 March 27. Associate Director
2008-2007 Film titled MAHARATHI (Staring: Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Ompuri, Boman Irani, Neha Dhupia and Tara Sharma) directed by Shivam Nair and produced by Shri Ashtvinayak Cinevision Ltd. The film was released on November 2008. Chief Assistant Director
2006-2004 Approximately 20 Info-Commercials & Documentaries on various subjects including bomb alert films for Indian Railways. TV series Naye Dwaar and Khadi directed by Limca Book of Record honoured director Devendra Khandelwal and produced by Indian Infotainment Media Corporation. Researcher Writer and Executing Director
2004-2003 SINDURVA BADA ANMOL SAJANVA a film in Bhojpuri Indian regional language directed some additional comic scenes for it. Additional Sc. Director
2001-1997 Telefilm titled First Kill (part of the series Director’s Cut on Star TV India ), Mano Ya Na Mano (Zee TV ), Aahat ( Sony TV ), Wagle ki Nayi Duniya ( Star TV ), all of these directed by Shriram Raghvan, director of well received films Ek Hasina Thi, Johny Gaddar, Agent Vinod, Badlapur and recent hit Andhadhun. A number of TVC with Durga Khote Productions, Stump Vision (Cricket magazine on DD), produced by Sunil Gavaskar, hosted by Cyrus Brucha and directed by Subu Subramanian an FTII graduate. Associate Director
At present he is busy in completing his untitled feature film and his regular jobs of researches, writing and directing Documentaries, Television Commercials, and Corporate Films. You can find a bundle of works on YouTube searching the name undersigned.

Shrivas Nydu
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Manto Remix | Some Silly Sporty Stories
Director’s Note

You can call it an anthology of erotica but for me it talks more than the eroticism. Basically, it deals with the subject of man woman relationships. The nice thing about this anthology is that it starts with tickling and ends in a tragic note. The very first story ‘Frigid Woman’ talks about a very common thing which happens between a husband and a wife. One lovely night man wants to make love with his wife but she is in some another world and rejects his proposal and meantime the conversation between the two makes you giggle many a time. The second story ‘Man & Wife’ is a coincidentally shocking, where the newly wedded wife boasts a lot about her hubby to her friend who hates men. She insists her friend to agree marrying her brother-in-law. This makes the friend to get a soft corner for a man but unintentionally she falls prey to a wrong man. The third story ‘Love & Marriage’ has a very dramatic turn at the end. The man who was fond of body beauty ends up praising the real beauty of heart. And finally, the fourth one ‘Frigid Man’ is a story of man’s guilt for a sin he committed in the family.
I’ve been working on Manto’s writings since long. As I did some experimental shorts titled #MantoTrilogy and I found Manto was very true to his words. Though he wrote fictions but they are all near to real lives or we can say he wrote slices of life. Here in ‘Manto Remix’ also he is very true in telling his stories. One can ask then as a director what you did when everything was already written by the great writer ‘Manto’. Well there I’ll say I did nothing but picturized the stories in its original thoughts. And I feel that’s the challenge. Otherwise people would have asked me where is Manto in your Manto Films. Obviously, it’s not in original forms and periods as these stories are adaptations for the present times.
Not because of the budget constraints but because I wanted to be very close to the characters, so I shot the film with Canon 5D M-IV and mainly with Block 50 prime lens. Since film is talking about stories from inside the four walls, and to capture those very very intimate and private moments of the people residing there in between the four walls, it was intentionally shot so close to the camera. The intent obviously is to make audience experience this film not just watch it.