Actor-film-maker Nandita Das just stated that veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar is a part of her directorial Manto, a biopic on the late writer Saadat Hasan Manto.
“My next movie is titled Manto. Preparations are going on, Shabana Azmi is acting in it and Javed Akhtar too is part of the movie,” Nandita revealed on the sidelines of an event organised by Shabana’s NGO Mijwan Welfare Society on Sunday night.
Manto features Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the prolific short story writer, and Rasika Dugal essays his wife.
The film will be tracing the life of Manto at the time of the India-Pakistan Partition. Currently, Nawazuddin is preparing for the film and, in fact, he has already done costume tests for the role and shared the first look of him as Manto on social media.
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