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That 'Manto' actually got made is a miracle, says Nandita Das

Press Trust of India  |  Cannes 

is relieved her "Manto" is garnering rave reviews at the Festival but the filmmaker says the fact that the movie eventually materialised is nothing short of a "miracle".

In a lengthy post, the said presenting the biopic on legendary Urdu Saadat Hasan at the ongoing festival was an unnerving experience.

Talking about her "roller coaster ride" over the last five days, Das said, "On the day of the premiere, I was neither euphoric, nor nervous. Just happy. The fact this film actually got made is a miracle. For it to be in Cannes, is the second miracle...

"But the here lifted my spirits. I began to feel the excitement and nervousness of a whose film is going to be screened at the most prestigious film festival in the world, with the toughest-to-please audiences and critics."

She said, the film, which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title role, received an overwhelming response from both the audiences and critics.

"At the premiere, we got a four-minute standing ovation, strangers hugged me, sobbing. Some just sat in their seats still immersed in the experience. Some chose to walk out quietly, as if not wanting to break their experience," she wrote.

The said she is elated as "six years of relentless work" has finally paid off.

"There was no review that panned the film and that itself was a relief as critics can be merciless," she added.

Das, however, said many critics discussed the film's narrative of "the interweaving of Manto's life with his work". She said some were impressed, while were not.

"While most found the 'seamless intertwining' of stories with the narrative fascinating, there were some who were a bit lost as they felt they weren't warned before a story began."


The director defended her choice of creating the plot.

"Critics and audiences have a right to question that choice, but this is what I had in mind from the day I began thinking of the film.

"I always felt that juxtaposing Manto's real world and with his imagined one in facts was essential to understand the man and the After all in his own works the line between fact and fiction are blurred," she said.

Das also shared the pictures from the event with Siddiqui, other cast members - and

"Manto" has been selected in the category at the festival.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 20:40 IST
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