Earlier in an interview to PTI, Nawazuddin Siddique had said, "I think only that person can do "Manto" (film), who has the courage to speak the truth". A periodic biopic, Manto is part of the official selection in the Un Certain Regard section of the 71st Cannes Film festival, which premiered on Sunday.
Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is now enjoying his time at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival 2018 where he is attending the screening of Nandita Das's Manto, in which he plays the role of the acclaimed Urdu writer. "You may know every acting technique, but you can't play Manto if you are not a true and honest person - be it with your work or in life".
As per the description by the makers, Manto follows the most tumultuous four years in the life of Manto and that of the two countries he inhabits - India and Pakistan. "So, he went attacking the two women of colour, in hopes that if he could discredit us, he could then maybe discredit the rest", Hayek told Variety during the Women In Motion panel discussion.
Director Nandita Das along with the Manto team - Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Divya Dutta, Rasika Duggal, Purab Kohli, Rajshree Deshpande, Tahir Raj Bhasin were present.
Nawazuddin also shared pictures from his hotel room as he prepared for his Cannes appearance and wrote, "Here I am, getting dressed to impress". For youth, it is extremely inspirational to see someone like him.
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When she was asked if manto will be accepted across the border, Nandita said: "It's a story of a human being who happens to be a writer".
Nandita has also written the film that stars Rasika Dugal as Manto's wife. "It's a very universal story". "I think it's a film where the audience will be able to take home something and everyone will relate with his personality", she was quoted by IANS as saying.
Manto is a biographical film based on acclaimed late Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto. "We are not offending anybody", she said.
A release date for Manto hasn't been set yet.