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Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s unique role in Nandita Das’s ‘MANTO’ – a biographical film

New Delhi, 19th September:  

In the press conference held  today at PVR Chankyapuri, Delhi ,Nawazuddin Siddiqui announced about his next role in Nandita Das’s ‘MANTO’ – a biographical drama in which he is playing the lead role of Indo- Pakistani Urdu author- writer, Saadat Hasan Manto. After entertaining audiences with their amazing roles , this time Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to make everyone stunned with his upcoming release ‘MANTO’. Nawazuddin Siddiqui along with the Detailed Director of the movie Nandita Das and the very talented Rasika Dugal who is playing the role of Safia( Manto’s wife) in the movie, attended the press conference in the capital city today .

Nandita Das’s second directorial, the Manto biopic featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the controversial author and playright Saadat Hasan Manto has already garnered accolades at many international platforms. In an interview, Nandita shared that she believes through her film, people will get to know about the work of Manto.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui has not even charged a single penny for this movie. When asked about it he said”Manto’s thoughts and views are exactly the same as mine but we don’t have that much courage to show ourselves and if we have to charge to express our views and thoughts then i guess it is the most guilt thing in the world for me”.

Nandita is a detailed director and a person like her is needed to make such a film’ , says Rasika Dugal . she is playing the role of Manto’s wife Safiya in the movie .

Celebrities like Rishi Kapoor, Gurdas Maan and Javed Akhtar didn’t charge a penny for actress-filmmaker Nandita Das’ forthcoming film Manto. She says there is more to life than money.


This is the character that an actor would give an arm and leg for. But to not charge even a nominal fee is very gracious of Nawaz,” Nandita said in her statement.

Apart from him, there are many eminent actors who agreed to do small parts purely to support the film.

Actor Paresh Rawal had worked with her in Firaaq and now in Manto

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