When you have Nawazuddin Siddiqui on board, you can definitely expect some brilliance, because this method actor ensures that he does his homework well for each of his characters. Lately, he has been pretty excited to bring the life of the brilliant yet eccentric author Sadat Hasan Manto on screen. Nandita Das who will be directing this movie will also emphasize on India-Pakistan partition.
In a recent event at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the director was present for the curtain raiser of this movie. Along with Nandita, both Nawazuddin and Rasika Duggal who plays the role of Manto’s wife were present. The first look of the film has been quite captivating and Nawazuddin looks authentic.
As you slowly digest the first look of the movie , you will be haunted by the striking resemblance of Nawaz as Manto. And gradually, you become aware of the few amazing moments of the author’s life which are captured in the biopic. From the disheveled hair to the dark lines under his eyes, Nawazuddin looks very much like the author who has written some brilliant stories on the Partition. In fact, it is his stories which have truthfully captured the pangs of Partition. It is the eyes of the author in the poster which will capture you attention; they shine with brilliance.
The best thing about the poster is that is looks like it has been taken from an old diary; the yellowish tinge, the floating calligraphy and the dampened feel somehow tells you that you are going to see a narrative which is battered by time. According to Nawazuddin, the focus of the movie will be Sadat Hasan Manto’s caliber to depict the truth as it was.
Major parts of the movie will be shot in several places in Mumbai and according to the director the team is using VFX to eliminate modern elements from the movie.