Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Did you know Nawazuddin Siddiqui was Kamal Haasan's dialogue tutor in Abhay?

Did you know Nawazuddin Siddiqui was Kamal Haasan's dialogue tutor in Abhay?

Right ahead of the world premiere of "Manto" at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival 2018 in Un Certain Regard, makers dropped the teaser of the film giving a glimpse into Manto's world.

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. "I think everyone will relate to this film on different levels".

When asked how Nawazuddin has been able to play the character of Manto in the film, she added: "He has similar kind of personality in terms of views, anger, arrogance, sensitivity and humour. People seemed to have genuinely connected with the film and were quite moved", says Rasika. The film was selected for Cannes film festival and will be releasing later this year.

"It gives me a big check on my bucket list".

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He went on to state that Kamal Haasan is his favourite actor.

Back in 2015, Pakistani actor-director Sarmad Sultan Khoosat also made a biopic on Saadat Hassan Manto's life with himself in the lead role along with Mahira Khan, Sania Saeed and Saba Qamar. The event was attended by some of the strongest women actors like Jane Fonda, Ava Duvernay, Marion Cottilard, Patty Jenkins and Nandita Das. She has also dabbled in theatre, television and web series. I have worked with him when I did a small role in Hey Ram. "But I took the risk because I wanted to make sure I was skilled enough to have an entire film resting on my shoulders".

"While there have been a lot of rejections, there have also been a lot of things which miraculously worked". For "Qissa", somebody else was cast, and last minute something didn't work out and I was cast. Of course Manto was no ordinary writer, "he wrote as he saw". "I feel like it's going to be a part of the deal, so might as well make it a little friend that you will walk along with in the journey".

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