Yesterday we told you how this year two of Indian films –Anurag Kashyap‘s ‘Manmarziyaan’ and Nandita Das’ ‘Manto’ are selected to be screened at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Nandita is all excited as her film has been selected to be screened in Special Presentations section. ‘Manto’ stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role and is based on the life of controversial Indo-Pakistani Urdu author Saadat Hasan Manto.
Talking about her film’s screening at the 43rd edition of TIFF, Nandita in an interview with Mumbai Mirror said, “It’s been 10 years since my last visit and I’m so looking forward to being back, that too with ‘Manto’. Festival director Cameron Bailey had seen the film in Cannes and seemed to have liked it but till the announcement is made, you can never assume. TIFF attracts an engaged and enthusiastic audience — both international and the diaspora.”
Elaborating on what makes ‘Manto’ special, the actress-filmmaker said, “It is a film about convictions and courage, against a backdrop of violence and displacement. In times when identities are being defined by nationality and religion, ‘Manto’ goes beyond these divisions and therefore his story, I feel, will resonate universally,”
In the same interview emphasising on how International Festivals give good exposure to films, the actress said, “They (film festivals) create a good buzz back at home, and today, in the midst of so much news and noise, it is not easy to be heard. For me, the India release is the most important thing and anything that helps in spreading the word, I am happy with it.”
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