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  • Manto! Coming to terms with ‘partition’ to fighting legal battles, here’s the real story of legendary author Saadat Hasan Manto

    Manto, is a biopic of author Saadat Hasan Manto, which is releasing this Friday. The movie was premiered at Cannes Film Festival this year. Manto stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Rasika Duggal in lead roles, with noted actors like Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Ila Arun playing supporting roles in the film. While the movie will cover some parts of the Manto’s life, we are here to tell you everything about this legendary

  • Nandita Das on how opinions about skin colors can be very hazardous

    Mumbai: Actress-filmmaker Nandita Das says the obsession with fair skin has been there in the Indian society for much longer than one can imagine. She says the messaging around skin colour can be very dangerous. The “Manto” director has time and again brought to the forefront issues surrounding societal perceptions on darker skin tones.

  • Manto: This is how much Rishi Kapoor and Javed Akhtar charged for Nandita Das’ film

    Mumbai: Celebrities like Rishi Kapoor, Gurdas Maan and Javed Akhtar didn’t charge a penny for actress-filmmaker Nandita Das’ forthcoming film “Manto”. She says there is more to life than money. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the late Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto in the film, offered to do it just for “Re 1 largely for Manto and little bit” for Nandita.

  • Nandita’s Manto headed for another film fest

    Filmmaker Nandita Das is excited that her upcoming directorial “Manto” will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where she last went with her directorial debut “Firaaq” a decade ago. “Thank you TIFF, Cameron Bailey for making ‘Manto’ a part of your first selection. Just got to know! Can’t wait to be back in Toronto after 10 long years. Last time was for ‘Firaaq’,” Nandita tweeted late on Tuesday.

  • Nandita Das to speak at Les Napoleons in France

    Mumbai: Actor-director Nandita Das will be speaking at Les Napoleons session in France’s Arles. The 48-year-old actor, known for films such as “Fire” and “1947: Earth”, will talk about the importance and relevance of truth in art and cinema.

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    Nandita Das to speak at the prestigious ‘Les Napoleons’ in France

    Nandita Das’s film, Manto, is a liberal voice in these divided, turbulent times, hence it comes as no surprise that the filmmaker has been invited to a special edition on ‘Truth’ by ‘’Les Napoleons’’ in Arles, France between 18th-21st July. An innovative communication network, “Les Napoleons” gathers players of the communications industries, culture, architecture and other fields to discuss and debate crucial issues.

  • I’m fulfilling all my desires as an actor, says Divya Dutta on bold, emotional, comic roles

    New Delhi: Divya Dutta will be seen in a bold avatar in “Manto”, an emotional role in “Fanney Khan”, and will then jump into the comic zone with “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai” before returning to her “vulnerable self” for another thriller. The actress says directors don’t come to her with the same roles, and she is having a blast fulfilling all her desires as an artiste.

  • Female actors still stereotyped in their portrayal: Actor Nandita Das

    New Delhi: Is getting sexual freedom the only way for women to be free, asks acclaimed actress and filmmaker Nandita Das as she wonders why most women-centric films only touch upon the issue of female sexuality. She says such projects undermine “many struggles that women go through and further panders to the male gaze” in an industry, where she feels murmurs about the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have been “too low”.

  • Democracy under attack in India: Actor and filmmaker Nandita Das

    New Delhi, Democracy is under threat in India with “artists, writers and rationalists” being attacked in some form or the other, says acclaimed actress and filmmaker Nandita Das, who feels conservatives and right-wing groups are increasingly becoming the country’s moral police. Be it the debate around growing intolerance in India or the agitation around the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film “Padmaavat” or the issues around “S Durga” or

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    Cannes is a big check mark on my bucket list: Actress Rasika Dugal

    Watching her film “Manto” on the big screen during its world premiere at the 71st Cannes Film Festival was “special and surreal” for actress Rasika Dugal, who says having her movie at the prestigious event marks a check out off her bucket list.

  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a scene stealer!

    A lot of reasons explain why Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. About a week ago, the actor was mobbed at Times Square, New York, once he landed there for the promotion of his upcoming action thriller, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz.

  • Nawazzuddin looks intense in first poster of ‘Manto’

    New Delhi: The first look of ‘Manto’ was unveiled at 70th Cannes Film Festival and now we have got the first official poster of the movie.Director Nandita Das shared the first poster of her upcoming movie on Facebook.

  • My Bollywood debut film is a little like ‘Piku’: Saba Qamar

    New Delhi: Pakistani actress Saba Qamar, who is all set to make her Bollywood debut opposite actor Irrfan Khan in an upcoming untitled film, says the story of the film is a “little like” Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone starrer Hindi film “Piku”.

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    Irrfan Khan eager to play Manto: Nandita Das

    Panaji:  Nandita Das, who will be tracing the life of Sadat Hassan Manto in her new directorial, says actor Irrfan Khan is “seriously looking at the script” as he’s a big fan of the Pakistani short story writer’s body of work.