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Nandita Das's Manto at Cannes Film Festival 2018

Nandita Das's Manto at Cannes Film Festival 2018”

Nawazuddin essays the titular role in the film that has the teaser launch on Saturday at Cannes.

Nandita Das's, Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Manto is all set to be screened at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, "Manto is set in the 1940s and 1950s, but it is about what is happening (on the subcontinent) today, Cannes is like home, and it is great to have my second film premiere here", shared the director Nandita Das. With his body language, attitude and the tone of his voice, Nawazuddin paints the ideal picture of a rebel writer who never shies away from speaking the truth - be it to his family or the larger society. Manto is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man who tries to make sense of it all.

Tahir Raj Bhasin plays the role of Manto's friend Shyam Chadda, who was a Bollywood superstar in the 40's. "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. We are not putting "Manto" on a pedestal.

Talking more about the film, Das also added, "Manto was somebody who used to speak the truth despite all challenges he faced". For youth, it is extremely inspirational to see someone like him. Rasika Dusgal will be playing Manto's wife, Safia. "I think it was a smooth ride for Nawazuddin to play this character. There is no relation of borders between two countries", clarified Nandita. Manto has received criticism for obscenity in his work throughout his career but never allowed the occasional negativity hinder her determination and kept writing path-breaking stories.

"I could feel that the audience was with the film and the story while we were watching, but I was overwhelmed by the warmth with which the audience came up to us after the screening". "We are not offending anybody".

Dutta channelled grace and elegance in an off white and gold Neeta Lulla Sari at the premiere of her film Manto directed by Nandita Das on the French Riviera.



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