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Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Manto selected for Cannes Film Festival 2018

April 12th, 2018 | by vBollywood Author
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Manto is starring actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, has been selected for competition in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival 2018. This is the film’s premiere as the release date for India has not been released yet. Manto is directed by Nandita Das, the film is about the life of writer Saadat Hassan Manto whose ideas and writings were quite forward for those times and can still be classified under the same category.

To share the news, Nawazuddin Siddiqui tweeted, ““And it is possible that Saadat Hasan dies, but MANTO remains alive”. Glad to inform that ‘MANTO’ is selected for competition at #Cannes2018 in #UnCertainRegard section. Congratulations @nanditadas and Team #Manto”

Director Nandita Das posted on Twitter, “We are in Cannes!! #Manto is selected in the official section- Un Certain Regards. Exciting moment for the entire crew & cast. @Viacom18Movies @HP @ajlucio5 @vikbatra @mantagoyal @Nawazuddin_S @RasikaDugal @chintskap @SirPareshRawal @tahirbhasinfc @Javedakhtarjadu @gurdasmaan”

In the film, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is seen in the titular role of Manto. To showcase a small glimpse of Siddiqui playing the character, Das had directed the short film, In Defence of Freedom. The short film was set in Manto’s classroom and conveys his philosophy of fearlessness and the ability and courage to be truthful.

The film has Nawazuddin Siddiqui and stars Paresh Rawal, Rishi Kapoor, Rasika Dugal and Tahir Raj Bhasin.

The period drama movie has been written by Nandita Das and from the few stills that were released last year, one can imagine that Das and Siddiqui will surely put on a show that will impress the audience. An actor par excellence, Siddiqui, is believed to the perfect choice for playing the character whose writings have influenced students for generations and continue to be relevant in this day and age.

Apart from Manto, Nawazuddin Siddiqui will also star in another biopic based on the life of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

Photo courtesy: www.indianexpress.com

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