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Manto At The 71st Cannes Film Festival

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to be held from 8 to 19 May 2018 and Manto, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, has been chosen for competition in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival 2018. This will be the film’s premiere as the release date for India has not been announced yet. Manto, directed by Nandita Das, chronicles the life of writer Saadat Hassan Manto whose thoughts and writings were quite ahead for those times and can still be classified under the similar category.

Das penned a heartfelt letter on Facebook upon hearing the news. She wrote, “Having been on the jury twice, and an audience at Cannes many a time, I have to say, it is truly a haven for film lovers. I look forward to seeing how the audience there reacts to this film that I have lived with for almost 7 years. For me, this film and everything else that I do, will always remain a means to trigger conversations, a small step towards ‘the world we want to see’.”

Nawazuddin also expressed his excitement on Twitter.

Speaking about the film, Das had earlier said, “It’s not a cradle-to-grave biopic but a drama celebrating the life and work of a writer who was a natural rebel, a man who went against the tide without being a conscious activist.”

“The film will cover a period of seven years between 1946 and 1952, which was an important phase in the history of the subcontinent.”

In the film, Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the titular role of Manto. As a teaser for Manto, Das directed the short film, In Defence of Freedom, which portrayed Siddiqui as the titular character. The short film was set in Manto’s classroom and conveys his philosophy of fearlessness and the ability and courage to be truthful according to The Indian Express.

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