After sweeping the international audience off their feet, Nandita Das is all set to release her much-acclaimed film ‘Manto’ in India on September 21. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the role of critical writer Saddat Hassan Manto while Rasika Duggal will be seen essaying the part of Manto’s wife.
In a recent interview Rasika spoke about the film, she said: “Nandita (Das) had spent a lot of time with Safia and Manto’s three daughters in Pakistan and also with Safia’s sister. So a lot of information that the family had, anecdotal information, stories that they shared, made its way into the script.”
Manto never really revealed his personal life in his writings; we can hardly find anything where he mentioned about his wife Safia. But once, he wrote some incident that involved famous actor Nargis and in that writing, Safia was introduced in his writings. Rasika mentions: “In that essay, he talks about how Safia and her sisters were the giggly bunch of girls who used to prank call Nargis at night. They were so much in awe of her on-screen persona that they decided to do this. And over those prank calls, they became friends. It’s a very sweet story.”
To get the look correct, Rasika tried several times and when finally got a nod from Manto’s daughter who resides in Pakistan, she was relieved.
Rasika was very excited about the film and wanted the Indian audience to shower some love, she concluded: “I want to know what a country having to fight for freedom of speech and expression thinks about the story of a person who stood for freedom of speech.”