Manto should get a global release including Pakistan: Nandita Das

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Actor and director Nandita Das hope that her new feature film Manto should get a global release including Pakistan. The film is biographical drama made on the life of the famous Urdu writer  Saadat Hasan Manto who left India after the Partition.

Nandita at the screening of Manto in the  South Asian Film Festival on Friday said, "I wish, like many other Bollywood films, it is screened in Pakistan.'Manto' must be shown in Pakistan as the author is an Indian and a Pakistani too"

the film is based on the life of Manto. the role is played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and shows the painful strains of separation following the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan.

Das added that, Indian writers should be known globally. manto is one of the greatest writer and she compared him with Shakespeare and said that he is  is considered a great playwriter, not just one of an English origin.

At the Singapore film festival Manto was a house full in the 1,000-seat cinema hall which is one of the largest seating capacity theatres in the country.

From the South Asian Countries 35 films are scheduled for screening in the 10 day festival, said Abhayanand Singh, CEO of organisers, Indie Moviz Pte Ltd.

Singh added that, "At the heart is great content and good cinema and  "Manto" has attracted strong interests even from non-South Asian cinema fans in Singapore."

The festival is also hosting a series of other events related to cinema. It also includes workshops on acting and film-making as well as the inaugural film market in which investors would evaluate opportunities to finance creative films, said Singh. 

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