Nandita Das and Nawazuddin Siddiqui Talks About Their Film Manto at Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2018

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Video: Film Manto at TSKLM 2018

Actor-director Nandita Das along with versatile Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui was present at Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2018 to discuss about their upcoming film Manto. The film is based on the life of Indo-Pakistani author Saadat Hasan Manto.

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Written and directed by Nandita Das, the film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title character of Saadat Hasan Manto. Rasika Duggal plays the role of Manto’s wife, Safiah. Rajshri Deshpande plays the role of Ismat Chughtai, Rishi Kapoor also has a minor role in the film.

Speaking about why she chose Nawazuddin for the role of Manto, Nandita Das said “It is mainly because of his eyes which is so full of emotions. The fact that he has seen so much in the world is evident when one looks at his eyes. And he is extremely passionate just like Manto”.

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Nawazuddin mentioned that he was so deeply involved in the character that he had a hard time adjusting himself to other characters after completing the shoot of Manto. He also joked and said “It was during that time that I wrote a book and wrote some truths. However the reaction was not good and I decided to take the book out of the market. Now I have learned and I will see to it that I will not write any truths in my next book”.

The engaging session kept the audience hooked to their seats.

Priyanka Dutta

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