Nandita Das unveiled the first look of her upcoming film Manto starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is a biopic of Saadat Hasan Manto, the famous playwright.
The versatile actor, Nawazuddin, lends gravity and substance to the look of the character. His look is also very intriguing. The floating calligraphy on poster adds intensity to the new look.
Makers shared the first look and wrote, “If you cannot bear these stories, it is because we live in unbearable times” – #Manto #Cannes2017 #Cannes70 #Film #Movies.”
Nawaz continues to charm the viewers with his interesting look. The film also stars Rasika Dugal as Manto’s wife Safiya.
Nandita also shared a post on Facebook.
“I first read Manto’s stories when I was in college and was fascinated by how truthful and edgy the stories were, and how contemporary they wereI wanted to make a film on his life and his work. He believed having the courage to speak the truth was important. In his writing, he addressed free speech and women’s issues. He was also a feminist. Everything he says is extremely contemporary and addresses issues of today”, director Nandita said.
The film is currently being shot in Mumbai.
The film is a biographical account of writer Manto’s life and is set in 1940s. Mato is regarded as one of the greatest writers of short stories in South Asian history.