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Nawazuddin-starrer 'Manto' to be showcased at Cannes on May 8
Nawazuddin-starrer 'Manto' to be showcased at Cannes on May 8
Published at: 3 weeks ago

Mumbai, India: Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer 'Manto' to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday (May 8).

Nawazuddin Siddiqui played the lead role in Manto, a biopic about the troubled life of Indian-Pakistani writer Saadat Hasan Manto.

The movie, directed by Nandita Das, has been selected for the Un Certain Regard category of the film festival which opens Tuesday.

"I enjoy Cannes because it is such a big and prestigious platform. It´s a whole world revolving around films," said Siddiqui.

Manto (1912-1955) is considered to be one of the Indian subcontinent´s greatest ever short story writers.

He was lauded for being bold and progressive and a proponent of free speech, writing truthfully about the brutal violence that followed the partition of British India.

To others he was a subversive troublemaker whose stories featuring pimps and prostitutes broke too many taboos. Manto was charged with obscenity a total of six times by authorities in colonial and independent India.

Manto died from organ failure caused by excessive alcohol consumption aged just 42.
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