Mera Dushman Manto

Mera Dushman Manto

Ticket Price: ₹ 300
Duration:100 minutes
Age:18 years and above
Director:Mathura Kalauny
Cast:Abhishek Sultania, Aloka Chatterjea, Amit Aggarwal, Amit Kalra, Aniruddha Roy, Anish Singh, Anjali, Debanjana, Harshal Dwivedi, Reetesh Ranjan, Sagnik Sinha,Sameer Suman, Shakti Deora, Shefali Singh, Shweta Gupta
Location:JAGRITI, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield, Bengaluru, 560066
Event Date & Time
Sat-18-May | 03:00 PM
Sat-18-May | 06:30 PM
Sun-19-May | 03:00 PM
Sun-19-May | 06:30 PM

Upendra Nath Ashk was the first Hindi dramatist to receive the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. He was appointed by All India Radio (AIR) as a playwright and Hindi advisor in 1941 where Saadat Hasan Manto was already working in the Urdu service. There was no love lost between these two great authors. Ashk was critical of Manto’s writing, and Manto was dismissive of Ashq’s storytelling skills. Manto sought every conceivable opportunity to confront him. The play Mera Dushman Manto is a dramatisation of short stories of Ashk and Manto, and a glimpse of Manto’s life through the eyes of Upendra Nath Ashk.

Dachi (Ashk) was a new genre Hindi short story of that time. The story is very evocative and lucidly brings out the softer feelings of human nature hitherto found only in Sanskrit literature. Khushiya (Manto) is the story of a lowly pimp who suddenly discovers self-respect. Ubal (Ashk) and Blouse (Manto) are stories about teenage domestic help struggling to cope with hormonal changes in their bodies. Then there is License(Manto), a typical Manto short story which has a hard-hitting ending that leaves the audience shell shocked. And, of course, the skirmish between the authors adds to the drama of Mera Dushman Manto and makes for a scintillating evening of theatre.


Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.

The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry. 

The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.

Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.