"Audience from Pakistan will relate to Manto", shares Nandita Das

Manto premiered at Cannes yesterday to a full house

Rasika Dugal, the lead alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Nandita Das' Manto was seen lending support to the Time is Up event at Cannes.

The teaser trailer, which gives a glimpse into the tumultuous life of rebel writer in the post-Independence era, focuses on the personal relations of the author as well as the court case against him. With his body language, attitude and the tone of his voice, Nawazuddin paints the ideal picture of a rebel writer who never shies away from speaking the truth - be it to his family or the larger society. This is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities and one man who tries to make sense of it all.

Team Manto comprising Nandita Das, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal, Divya Dutta and Tahir Raj Bhasin along with actress Huma Qureshi attended the screening today at the French Riviera. We are not putting "Manto" on a pedestal. The unspoken regard and understanding and solidarity for the challenges we have all had to face to be here was so so powerful. I don't think audience from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will not be able to relate with it, it's a very relatable story. It is based on the life of subcontinent's famed writer Saadat Hassan Manto who promoted freedom of speech and spoke of society's atrocities. But I think while there have been a lot of rejections, there have also been a lot of things which miraculously worked. Dugal added, "There are very few times when you are part of a historical moment and you know it". 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 Manto.

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"I could feel that the audience was with the film and the story while we were watching, but I was overwhelmed by the warmth with which the audience came up to us after the screening". "We are not offending anybody", she said.

At the film gala, she also joined 81 women film industry professionals from different countries to show solidarity against the gender discrimination at the platform.

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