Nandita Das’ Manto biopic in Cannes Un Certain Regard
Director Nandita Das’ Manto, a biopic on celebrated short story writer Saadat Hasan Manto, has been selected in the Cannes sub section Un Certain Regard.
The film, which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title role, is Das’ second directorial effort after Firaaq in 2008.
The director shared the news on Twitter.
We are in Cannes!! #Manto is selected in the official section – Un Certain Regards. Exciting moment for the entire crew & cast, she tweeted.
We are in Cannes!! #Manto is selected in the official section- Un Certain Regards. Exciting moment for the entire crew & cast. @Viacom18Movies @HP @ajlucio5 @vikbatra @mantagoyal @Nawazuddin_S @RasikaDugal @chintskap @SirPareshRawal @tahirbhasinfc @Javedakhtarjadu @gurdasmaan https://t.co/Rfva438Kpc
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) April 12, 2018
Official Twitter handle of the French film festival – Cannes, also posted the announcement, which Siddiqui shared with his followers and congratulated his director and the team.
‘And it is possible that Saadat Hasan dies, but MANTO remains alive’. Glad to inform that MANTO’ is selected for competition at #Cannes2018 in #UnCertainRegard section, the actor wrote.
“And it is possible that Saadat Hasan dies, but MANTO remains alive”.
Glad to inform that ‘MANTO’ is selected for competition at #Cannes2018 in #UnCertainRegard section.
Congratulations @nanditadas and Team #Manto pic.twitter.com/LBKcSVb1vb
— Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) April 12, 2018
Das’ take on Manto focuses on the writer’s life from 1946 to 1950. Manto, best known for his stories on Partition, was born on May 11, 1912 and migrated to Pakistan after 1947 and died at the age of 55 on January 18, 1955.