You are here: Home » News-IANS » Cinema-Showbiz
Business Standard

Not putting 'Manto' on pedestal: Nandita Das

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Actor-filmmaker Nandita Das, who is gearing up for her next directorial venture "Manto", has said she was not trying to put Sadat Hassan Manto, the and playwright, on a pedestal.

Speaking at the teaser launch of "Manto" along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Tahir Raj Bhasin, Nandita said "Manto" was not a message-driven film. "The idea is to tell a story for audience. We are not putting 'Manto' on a pedestal."

"He was somebody who used to speak the truth despite all challenges he faced. 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."

When asked how Nawazuddin has been able to play the character of in the film, she said: "He has similar kind of personality in terms of views, anger, arrogance, sensitivity and humour. I think it was smooth ride for Nawazuddin to play this character. He used to tell me that he would not be able to do another film simultaneously because he had immersed himself so deep into the character of "

Nandita, on being asked, whether audience would be able to accept this across the border, she said: "It's a story of a human being who happens to be a There is no relation of borders between two countries. It's a very universal story."

"I don't think audience from Pakistan, and will not be able to relate with it, it's very relatable story. I think everyone will relate with this film on different levels.

"We are not offending anybody," she said.

"Manto" is written and directed by The film stars in the titular character along with and in lead roles.

The film is produced by Studios, and Motion Pictures.

"Manto" has been selected to compete in the section at



(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 11:06 IST