The film follows the tumultuous life of Manto and the India-Pakistan conflicts. In Bombay's film world, Manto and his stories are well accepted. But as violence engulfs the nation, Manto makes the difficult choice of leaving Bombay. In Lahore, he is friendless with no takers for his writings. His increasing alcoholism wrecks him. Still, he continues to write prolifically, without dilution. This is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man who tries to make sense of it.