Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star will launch ‘Music, Masti, Modernity – The Cinema of Nasir Husain’, written by Akshay Manwani. The book is based on the legendary producer, director and screenwriter Nasir Husain and will be launched at the festival on October 22, 2016.

To celebrate the launch of the book, Nasir Husain’s cult musical hit, the film Teesri Manzil will be screened at the event. The iconic movie was a box office hit. The movie had some memorable hit numbers like, ‘O Haseena Zulfowali’ and ‘O Mere Sona re Sona’ which were composed by legendary music director R D Burman.

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The book launch will be followed by a panel discussion about Nasir Husain’s cinema and how it has shaped generations of directors. The moderator for the panel will be author and documentary film maker Nasreen Munni Kabir. The panel will include actor Aamir Khan, director Mansoor Khan, writer Akshay Manwani and Producer Nuzhat Khan at the festival.

This is Akshay Manwani’s second book as well as being a contributor to various print and digital publications. His first work of non-fiction was a biography of yesteryear poet-lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi which was published in 2013.

Akshay Manwani said, “Researching and writing the book on Nasir Husain and his cinema has been an enlightening and delightful experience.  The opportunity to re-examine the wonderful history of Hindi cinema and the chance to interview stalwarts such as Aamir Khan, Mansoor Khan, Asha Parekh, Jeetendra and Javed Akhtar really made this entire journey one of a kind”.

Jio MAMI with Star, Festival Director, Anupama Chopra said, “One of my favourite movies of Nasir Hussain is Teesri Manzil. It is on my list of 100 films to see before you die.  Teesri Manzil is such a potent cocktail of music, suspense and romance. I’m thrilled that we are launching Akshay Manwani’s book on the cinema of Nasir Husain at the festival”.