The first pictures from Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Manto, a film on the life of the celebrated writer, are out. Directed by Nandita Das, the film is currently under pre-production.
Actor Chandan Roy Sanyal too has been roped in to play a crucial role in the movie. Last seen in Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa where he was seen played the villain, Chandan will now be seen essaying the role of a very dear friend of Manto.
“It’s a great opportunity to playing a pivotal role in Manto . I have always been a big fan of his short stories. So when Nandita Das called me and offered me the role in her film I was ecstatic. I play Manto’s friend who played a big role in his lifetime. I am trying to define my career now and give it a definite shape and structure,” he said in a press statement.
Talking about his titular role, Nawazuddin had earlier told Hindustan Times, “That zone is still unknown to me, and I don’t know how I am going to play that part. It’s a new area, so I have no idea what will happen. But once I am done with the film, I will be happy that I have done a role that is worthwhile. At least I got to know more about a person who isn’t a usual [Bollywood] hero.”
Nandita too showered praise on Chandan. “I am most delighted that Chandan is doing a very significant role in the film, Manto. He plays a writer of great repute and I am convinced that he will bring great amount of authenticity and dignity to the character. I am excited that the casting is slowly falling into place with some amazing actors are on board,” she said.
Nandita helmed Firaaq in 2008 with celebrated actors as Naseeruddin Shah, Deepti Naval, Paresh Rawal and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The film displayed the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots through the eyes of a variety of men and women -- some victims, some perpetrators and some observers.
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