Team Manto at Cannes Film Festival. (Image courtesy: Twitter)
Manto is competing in the Un Certain Regard at Cannes
It's the story of the trials and triumphs of writer Sadat Hussain Manto
The film's teaser released on social media on Saturday
Actor-filmmaker Nandita Das' new film Manto was screened at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Speaking about the film, she told news agency IANS that Manto doesn't put the film's subject, writer Sadat Hussain Manto, on a "pedestal." She said: "He was somebody who used to speak the truth despite all challenges he faced. For youth, it is extremely inspirational to see someone like him. I think it's a film where the audience will be able to take home something and everyone will relate with his personality." As team Manto geared up for the Cannes screening, the film's teaser hit the Internet on Saturday and went viral instantly.
Team Manto comprising Nandita Das, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal, Divya Dutta and Tahir Raj Bhasin along with actress Huma Qureshi attended the screening today at the French Riviera. Manto has been selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.
When she was asked if manto will be accepted across the border, Nandita said: "It's a story of a human being who happens to be a writer. There is no relation of borders between two countries. It's a very universal story. I don't think audience from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will not be able to relate with it, it's very relatable story. I think everyone will relate with this film on different levels. We are not offending anybody."