Nandita Das wants late Urdu writer’s daughters to India for premiere of her film, Manto

Acclaimed actor-filmmaker Nandita Das is trying to get late Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto’s daughters, Nighat Patel, Nuzhat Arshad and Nusrat Jalal, to India for the premiere of her film Manto.

“The special screenings are scheduled in Delhi and Mumbai, the two cities their father lived and has inspired some of his greatest works. I am just keeping my fingers crossed,” she added.

According to a source, the film’s premiere is scheduled for September 17 in Mumbai and September 19 in Delhi.

The film follows the most tumultuous years in the lives of the iconoclastic writer and those of the countries, India and Pakistan, which Manto lived and chronicled. Nuzhat says it is important for her to experience the film.

“Nandita worked very closely with the family in terms of the intricacies of Manto. On a personal level, she frequently communicated with me over email and phone as to how he was, his practices etc. She ensured the depiction of Manto would be as accurate as possible,” Nuzhat said.

Nusrat added, “I wish Nandita’s film every success and I hope it will make people on both sides of the divide think and absorb. There are lessons to be learnt from the brutality and ugliness of what happened in 1947.”

The film, co-produced by HP Studios, Filmstock and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, stars Rasika Dugal as Manto’s wife and Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rishi Kapoor and Divya Dutta in key roles.

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