About Sarhad Paar Manto
Sarhad Paar Manto is a double bill of stories Â Khol Do and Toba Tek SinghÂ centering on Partition by Saadat Hasan Manto.
Sarhad Par Manto has taken up two stories of human agony. Their powerful content can scar our sensibilities even after so many years. The Statesman
Sirajuddin gets separated from his daughter Sakina in the turmoil of the eight hours journey by train from Amritsar to Mughalpura. It is only when the maze of images Â looting, fire, running for life, station, gunshots, night and Sakina.settles down to a still focus that Sirajuddin becomes aware of the loss, and in his desperate bid to recover Sakina, he only manages to place her in the hands of a band of young razakars [volunteers], who seduce her, rape her and leave her to die.
Toba TekSinghCaught in the utter confusion of an exchange of lunatics between India and Pakistan, Bishan Singh, a Sikh lunatic in a camp in Pakistan, is obsessed with Toba Tek Singh, the small village in the Punjab which was his home. When he cannot really understand where the village has gone, the loss leaves him shattered. He refuses to be pushed into India, declares himself Toba Tek Singh. In the end in no mans land which lies between the barbed wires of Pakistan and India lay Toba Tek Singh on a patch of earth with no name.