‘Manto’ to be screened at BFI London Film Festival

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Mumbai, Aug 31 (IANS) Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s “Manto”, which is helmed by actress-filmmaker Nandita Das, will be screened at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival.

“Since ‘Fire’, my first film 22 years ago, I have shown my film at the London Film Festival. Over the years, many of my films have been screened there. I love the multicultural audience of London,” Nandita said in a statement to IANS.

“BFI has had repeated screenings of ‘Firaaq’ apart from showing at their festival. I am very much looking forward to taking ‘Manto’ to the festival this October,” she added.

The fest will go on from October 10-21. And “Manto” will be screened at the festival on October 11-12.

“Manto”, co-produced by HP Studios, Filmstoc and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, traces the life of writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Nawazuddin will be seen bringing the character to life.

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The film follows the most tumultuous years in the life of iconoclastic writer Manto and those of the countries — India and Pakistan — which Manto inhabited and chronicled. The film stars Rasika Dugal as Manto’s wife and Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rishi Kapoor and Divya Dutta in key roles.



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