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Nawaz and Nandita Das present Manto in Cannes

By Rediff Entertainment Bureau
Last updated on: May 24, 2017 16:09 IST

Check out what's happening in Cannes here!

Photograph: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for HP

Nandita Das was in Cannes for the curtain-raiser of her second film as director, Manto.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays Saadat Hasan Manto joined Nandita at the film festival.

Photograph: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for HP

Rasika Duggal, who play's Manto's wife in Manto, on stage with Nandita and Nawaz.

'Sharing Manto in Cannes with media & film fraternity,' Nandita tweeted. 'Today is the big Manto event. With Nawaz & Rasika! Happy!'

Photograph: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for HP 

Nawaz and Nandita spoke about their journey so far on the film.

 

Photograph: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for HP

Manto, one of Urdu literature's great writers, interestingly, worked in the PR department for the 1940s studio Bombay Talkies.

Photograph: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for Viacom18

HP Studios' global head Jean-Pierre Le Calvez, director Nandita Das, actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal and Viacom18 COO Ajit Andhare attend Manto 'In Conversation' at the festival.

Manto is a joint production by Viacom 18, HP studios and Sameer Dixit of Movie Makers.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Manto Speaks/Twitter

The film's first look was posted with this message: 'If you cannot bear these stories, it is because we live in unbearable times'

Photograph: Kind courtesy River to River Florence Indian Film Festival/Facebook

Nawaz and Nandita were present at the launch of the Om Puri Foundation in Cannes. Nandita Puri, Purisaab's wife, and son Ishaan were present.

Photograph: Kind courtesy River to River Florence Indian Film Festival/Facebook

The other Indian film present at Cannes was Aparna Sen's Sonata.

Sonata, based on Mahesh Elkunchwar's play, is the story of three unmarried women -- played by Aparna Sen, Shabana Azmi and Lillete Dubey -- their lives, their ups and downs, the men in their lives and a twist in the tale.

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