Nawazuddin Siddique’s “Manto” directed by Nandita Das, has been recently doing rounds of prestigious film festivals.It is the only Indian movie in Un Certain Regard category 71st Cannes Film Festival. “Manto”, a month ago was screened at Sydney Film Festival. Nandita’s fruit of labour, “Manto” was selected for Toronto screening at the Toronto International Film Festival alongwith Anurag Kashyap’s Manmarziyaan. Some of the other film premiere’s to join the que are Felix van Groeningen’s ‘Beautiful Boy’, starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’, Peter Hedges’ Julia Roberts starrer ‘Ben is Back’ and Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk.’
No sooner did the news break out than Anurag and Nawazuddin took to their social media accounts to share the good news. Nawaz took to twitter and said,
“It gives me a beautiful feeling to share with you all that “MANTO” will be screened at the prestigious ” Toronto International Film Festival, @TIFF_NET as well. Congratulations Team #Manto.”
Nadita’s directorial debut was “Firaaq”, that too went to TIFF. Expressing her delight, Nandita tweeted,
“Thank you TIFF, Cameron Bailey for making ‘Manto’ a part of your first selection. Just got to know! Can’t wait to be back in Toronto after 10 long years. Last time was for ‘Firaaq’.”
The movie is based on the life of Urdu writer Sadat Hasan Manto. It will be screened as part of a Special Presentations Creations. “Manto” presents the most thunderous years of the life of the celebrated writer “Manto” and those of his countries India and Pakistan which Manto lived. “Manto” shows the 1940s post-Independence era. His works are generously accepted and read in Bombay’s filmy area. He had to leave Bombay and migrate to Lahore where he his deprived of friends and is unable to find takers for his writings. Thus, his life follows a downward curve. The shooting of the film took place for 41 days before it ended in July 2017. The official trailer of the film was unleashed on 12th july, 2018.
Saadat Hasan Manto’s (1912-1955) short stories set during the devastating partition of the Indian subcontinent were his defining works. These irreverent, unflinching but deeply humane stories, earned him the wrath of the colonial British government and later of independent Pakistan. The stories were deemed obscene by the courts and he spent his last years fighting legal battles to defend his right to write. Today, his work is seen by both scholars and the reading public as one of the most authentic and independent accounts of the human tragedy of those years.
Nawazuddin plays the role of the protagonist. Rasika Duggal plays the role of his wife and Rishi Kapoor, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Divya Dutta. Anurag Kashyap’s “Manmarziyan” would also premiere at the TIFF 2018, where “Hotel Mumbai” on the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai will also be screened. TIFF shall be held from September 6 to 16. Nawaz’s next projects include “Thackarey” and “Genius”. After delivering perfection to writer Manto’s role, he is now showing resemblance to Bal Thackarey. The film is based on the life of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackarey. It is highly anticipated now. The makers have revealed that the movie has been slated to release on 23rd January 2019, celebrating Balasaheb’s birth anniversary. Film critic Taran Adarsh took to twitter to announce the film’s release date,
“Carnival Motion Pictures join hands with Sanjay Raut to co-produce #Thackarey… Stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui… Directed by Abhijit Panse… Produced by Sanjay Raut and Dr Shrikant Bhasi… Will release on Balasaheb’s birth anniversary – 23 Jan 2019.”
Nawazuddin Siddique has earlier appeared in two other biopics, “Manjhi” and “Manto”. Nawaz earlier said in an interview, “I will play Thackeray with the same honesty with which I have sought to play Manto.”