Manto starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, which is helmed by actress Nandita Das is set to be showcased at the second edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF). The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title character of Indo-Pakistani, Urdu author, writer Saadat Hasan Manto which follows the most tumultuous years and times in the life of the famed writer. Tahir Raj Bhasin plays the 40’s Bollywood superstar Shyam Chadda. Rasika Dugal plays the role of Manto’s wife, Safia. Manto is based on the 1940’s post-Independence period of India.
Actor-director Nandita Das while talking about the film said,“ We are delighted to screen ‘Manto’ as the opening film at SGSAIFF. Manto was very much a South Asian writer. But unlike the Europeans, we South Asians do not own this identity, despite many cultural and social similarities amongst the countries in the region. Therefore, it is important to support such festivals that celebrate cinema from the Subcontinent. Last year, SGSAIFF screened a film I acted in, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai as the opening film, which is yet to be released. I was unfortunately unable to make it. So, I very much look forward to attending it this year.”
Abhayanand Singh, Chairperson of SGSAIFF, whose association with Nandita Das started with ‘Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai’ said, “It’s a great honour to open the 2nd edition of SGSAIFF with one of the most important Indian films of this year, MANTO. We are happy that Nandita Das accepted our invitation to come and present the film at the festival.”
The SGSAIFF 2018 lineup represents a diverse mix of Short films, feature films and documentaries, which include films from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.
Manto movie is set to be released on 21 September 2018.