Magazine article Screen International

Raman Raghav 2.0' Star Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Play Indian Writer Manto

Magazine article Screen International

Raman Raghav 2.0' Star Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Play Indian Writer Manto

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been cast to play Saadat Hasan Manto in Nandita Das' biopic of the Indian writer.

In addition, Vivek Kajaria of Holy Basil Productions and US-based investor Robin Raina have boarded the project as producers.

Known as South Asia's greatest short story writer, Manto wrote extensively about the Partition of India and was tried for obscenity six times but never convicted. Das' biopic follows the last decade of his life until his early death at the age of 42.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to play Sadaat Hasan Manto, a writer I have admired for a long time," said Siddiqui, who also stars in Anurag Kashyap's Raman Raghav 2.0, which premiered yesterday in Directors' Fortnight.

Das, an acclaimed actress who made her directing debut with Firaaq (2008), said: "Manto is a challenging role and the nuances required to perform Manto are found in very few actors. …

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