Nawazuddin Siddiqui
New Delhi: There was no first day, first show for Nandita Das’ Manto in several cities in India, and that left the actress-filmmaker “hugely disappointed”. The film released on Friday. But its morning shows were cancelled in several cities like Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.

 

After getting several personal messages and coming across many posts complaining of show cancellations on Twitter, Nandita tweeted: “This is shocking! I just got a similar message from a friend in Ahmedabad… What’s going on? Viacom18 BookMyShow”

‘Manto’, co-produced by HP Studios, Filmstoc and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, traces the life of writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has brought the character to life. Once he is on screen, the characters Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays feel like his second skin, inseparable from his psyche.

But the actor says after playing the title role in Saadat Hasan Manto‘s biopic, a part of the famed short-story writer still lives inside him; a quality he imbibed – not to be judgemental.

Siddiqui believes every time one takes up a character, it adds something to the personality of the actor but also takes something away from them.

 

“I feel an actor should be like water. They should take the shape of the character when poured into the mould What I learnt from Manto is that he never judged anyone, not even the ones in his stories.

“He always managed to find something admirable, especially in those people whom the society had rejected. I will always cherish this gift by Manto that you shouldn’t judge anybody. You never know what heights they end up achieving one day, the actor said.

With the phenomenal success of Sacred Games, Siddiqui’s fans seem to have tasted blood and the actor hopes the response to the Netflix India Original series, which has been renewed for a second season, will carry the momentum for Manto forward.

Looking at Manto and Gaintonde, the journey of both the parts were shaped by unforgettable, important female characters.

The actor explains Manto was very close to the women in his life. Safiya was one of his first readers and she was a harsh critic too. He considered her a sharp mind. He never treated Safiya just as his wife; she was first a human being for him. And largely too, Manto never thought of women as wives, sisters and daughters. They were humans for him first, like anybody else.

Manto also stars Rasika Dugal, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Neeraj Kabi, Divya Dutta, Ranvir Shorey and Rishi Kapoor.