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Nawazuddin

Manto screened at the 71st Cannes Film Festival

The makers presented Manto teaser at the 71st Cannes Film Festival prior to its screening at the French Riviera.Directed by Nandita Das, the film is based on author and playwright Saadat Hassan Manto, with acclaimed Nawazuddin Siddiqui essaying the role of the writer.

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(Director Nandita Das attended the screening of Manto at Cannes Film Festival with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and other team members)

The teaser takes us to the post-Independence era when the newborn country is struggling with poverty and corruption.

“He wrote as he saw – He Spoke as he thought”

It’s evident through the teaser that Nawazuddin sinks into the character with pure class and commitment.

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He effortlessly draws the perfect line as a revolt writer who never shies away from speaking the truth, be it to his family or society, his uncensored attitude towards everything happening in front of his eyes while struggling to provide a sustainable living for his loved ones.

The teaser also gives us a glimpse of the court case against Manto that was filed for his short story “Thanda Ghost

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Sharing the teaser, Nawazuddin tweeted,

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The film also features Abid Ali Abid as lyricist Javed Akhtar and Chandan Roy Sanyal as Manto’s close friend Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi. Rishi Kapoor has a small role of a film producer and Rajashri Deshpande plays Ismat Chughtai. Jaddanbai is being played by Ila Arun while Tillotama Shome essays the role of a prostitute.

Speaking at the teaser launch of “Manto” Actor-filmmaker Nandita said,

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“The idea is to tell a story for audience. We are not putting ‘Manto’ on a pedestal.””He was somebody who used to speak the truth despite all challenges he faced. For youth, it is extremely inspirational to see someone like him. I think it’s a film where the audience will be able to take home something and everyone will relate with his personality.”

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“When asked how Nawazuddin has been able to play the character of Manto in the film, she said: “He has similar kind of personality in terms of views, anger, arrogance, sensitivity and humour. I think it was smooth ride for Nawazuddin to play this character. He used to tell me that he would not be able to do another film simultaneously because he had immersed himself so deep into the character of Manto.” (Quote Source: NDTV)

A release date for Manto hasn’t been set yet.