Manto, directed by Nandita Das, recently made an impact at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, with audiences and international critics raving about the film and the presentation of Saadat Hasan Manto, whose thoughts and ideologies hold relevance, till date.
Headlined by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the film was India’s official entry to Cannes for the Un Certain Regard category as it made its world premiere at the French Riviera. The film joined the likes of other highly acclaimed world cinema including Grans, Sofia, Little Tickles, Long Day’s Journey Into the Night, Sextape, Girl, My Favorite Fabric among others.
While Manto remains India’s official selection at Cannes Film Festival 2018, a competitive category, the film festival also has several other non-competitive categories at the sidelines namely Director’s Cut & Critics’ Week.
As a part of a unique promotional campaign, Nawazuddin Siddiqui turned into a Book Fairy at Cannes and interacted with the locals. A 22-member crew including director Nandita Das, producers Ajit Andhare, Namrata Goyal and actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Divya Dutta and Shashank Arora were present at Cannes for the world premiere.