You wont believe how much Nawazuddin Siddiqui charged for Nandita Das’ ‘Manto’
Playing Saadat Hasan Manto in filmmaker Nandita Das’ ‘Manto’ was like a dream come true for our prolific actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Irrfan Khan was initially considered for this role, but later the role went to Nawazuddin.
The film boast of a terrific ensemble cast comprising Javed Akhtar, Rishi Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Rasika Dugal, Ranvir Shorey, Gurdas Maan among several others. Interestingly Javed, Rishi and Gurdas didn’t charge a penny for the film, whereas Nawaz charged only Rs. 1 for his role. Yes, you read right.
Reportedly everyone’s love for the film’s story was so great that they never discussed their fees. Talking about Nawaz’s decision to charge only one rupee, Nandita Das was quoted saying in Indian Express as,“This is the character that an actor would give an arm and leg for. But to not charge even a nominal fee is very gracious of Nawaz.”
Even Paresh Rawal, Ranvir Shorey and Divya Dutta didn’t charge any fees for their role in this film. Now, this shows the kind of attachment the entire team has with this film.
Previously sharing why she had cast Nawaz in the titular role of ‘Manto’, Nandita had said, “The reason I think Nawaz fits the role of Manto is not only how he looks. It was his eyes that I felt in terms of the physicality of it worked really well. His eyes have a feel of really lived life which he has. ”
Produced by HP Studios, Filmstoc, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Nandita Das Initiatives, ‘Manto’ will hit the silver screens on September 21, 2018.