Kapil Sharma will portray a food delivery rider in Nandita Das’ upcoming film.
When Manto leaves for Lahore, the film and the protagonist falls into a melancholic meditative mood mourning the passing of an era when the country and its people were split into two messy halves.
The 33-year-old actor will be seen opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Manto as Safia — Saadat Hasan’s supportive, shy wife credited for reining him in.
Asked why artistes keep revisiting the Partition, Nandita said, "Why we have not forgotten and probably why we should not forget Partition is because we haven't learnt anything from it."
Nandita gets candid about her Manto journey, and shares what went into the making of this film.
Celebrities like Ranvir Shorey, Divya Dutta, Purab Kohli, Rajshri Deshpande and Swanand Kirkire also worked for free for the film.
Here is Manto revived by an actor and a director who get to the centre of Manto's universe by exploring the ambience that fostered his creative juices while constantly trying to stem its flow.
"Manto", an Indo-French co-production got off the ground a couple of years ago in Cannes, where Das and lead actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui announced their collaboration.
'Manto' is a film that will transport us into the emotional turbulence and intellectual uncertainties of the time when India was severed into two clumsy halves.
Siddiqui's latest film sees him play the lead role in "Manto", a biopic about the troubled life of Indian-Pakistani writer Saadat Hasan Manto.
Directed by Nandita Das, "Manto" primarily focuses on the writer's years in Mumbai, a city he loved and mourned being separated from.
Das' "Manto", starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui as celebrated short story writer Saadat Hasan Manto, is among the 15 films shortlisted in the Cannes sub section Un Certain Regard.
Manto, best known for his stories on Partition, was born on May 11, 1912 and migrated to Pakistan after 1947 and died at the age of 55 on January 18, 1955.