There’s nothing that Nawazuddin Siddiqui can’t do on screen. Whether it be positive roles, negative roles, comical roles, extremely challenging roles, or psychologically complex roles that could give other actors sleepless nights – Nawaz has played them all, and played them with aplomb.
And now he has got into the skin of another challenging role – that of Saadat Hasan Manto, a real-life controversial short-story writer and scriptwriter for films, who pushed boundaries and courted umpteen controversies with his bold themes and polarizing subjects back in the 1940s. The trailer of Manto is already out, and has blown us away with its dramatic promise and Nawaz’s portrayal in the eponymous role. Check it out below:
Both the film and Nawaz’s performance have already amassed accolades at several prestigious international film festivals, amping up our excitement for what’s in store. But, playing the titular character was no simple task by any means and no more than a handful of actors could have pulled it off with the conviction that Nawaz brought to the role. His Director, Nandita Das, though, never had a vestige of doubt in his capability and always knew that she couldn’t have asked for a better actor to bring out the multiple layers of emotions that Manto demanded.
“The reason I think Nawaz fits the role of Manto is not only about how he looks, but it’s really his eyes, in terms of their physicality that I think worked really well for the part. His eyes have a feeling of having really lived life, which he no doubt has. Moreover, I needed an actor who can portray being very courageous and at the same time being scared… somebody who’s very sensitive, yet can be arrogant and very angry. So I think to bring out these contradictions, there was no other actor better than Nawaz. He has done full justice to the role and I’m absolutely delighted that I got to work with him.”
Speaking about his portrayal and what all went through his mind while playing the character, Nawaz said that along with being excited
“There was simultaneously a lot of excitement and nervousness. I’m always in search of characters which I can relate with, whose sensibilities and thoughts I can identify with. Finally, when I got Manto, I felt an instant connection with it. A certain freedom came with me playing Manto; I thought that I can speak my heart through this character.”
Watch how Nawazuddin Siddiqui transformed into Manto below:
Manto also stars an ensemble cast of Rasika Dugal, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Divya Dutta, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Inaamulhaq, Ranvir Shorey, Ila Arun, Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, and Javed Akhtar in pivotal roles. Produced by HP Studios, Filmstoc and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the film is slated to release on 21st September 2018.
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