Manto teaser gives a glimpse into tumultuous life of rebel writer

Lawrence Kim
May 17, 2018

Dugal, who is in Cannes for Manto's screening, cheered on as Blanchett, president of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival, read out statistics on gender disparity.

Watching her film Manto on the big screen during its world premiere at the 71st Cannes Film Festival was "special and surreal" for actor Rasika Dugal. With his body language, attitude and the tone of his voice, Nawazuddin paints the flawless picture of a rebel writer who never shies away from speaking the truth - be it to his family or the larger society.

Tahir Raj Bhasin plays the role of Manto's friend Shyam Chadda, who was a Bollywood superstar in the 40's.

"I could feel that the audience was with the film and the story while we were watching, but I was overwhelmed by the warmth with which the audience came up to us after the screening". We are not putting "Manto" on a pedestal.

"The unspoken regard and understanding and solidarity for the challenges we have all had to face to be here was so powerful". For youth, it is extremely inspirational to see someone like him. "I think it's a film where the audience will be able to take home something and everyone will relate with his personality".

According to Das, "Manto is a story of a human being who happens to be a writer". It's a very universal story.

Nawazuddin also shared pictures from his hotel room as he prepared for his Cannes appearance and wrote, "Here I am, getting dressed to impress". Manto, which was selected for this year's Cannes International Film Festival, will release later this year. There is no relation of borders between two countries. He also explained how he could relate to the character and siad, " I am hopeful people will relate to him, especially those who believe in speaking truth, no matter how hard it maybe".

The director feels that the partition of India impacted Manto very personally and the four years that have been covered in the film were defining moments for both Manto and for the Indian subcontinent. "We are not offending anybody".

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