Nandita Das directorial Manto has been selected for competition in the Cannes Film Festival sub section Un Certain Regard. The movie which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the role of Saadat Hasan Manto is yet to release in India.
The Un Certain Regard is a section of the French Film Festival which was introduced in 1978 by Gilles Jacob. The section features 20 different and original works which present the story in a non-traditional way.
The 71stÂ edition of Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 8 to May 19.
The official Twitter handle of Cannes Film Festival announced Mantoâ€™s selection in Un Certain Regard section. Thebiographical dramaÂ will compete with films like BlacKkKlansman to win the prestigious Palme d'Or award.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was recently seen in McMafia, took to Twitter to share the good news with his fans. The Monsoon Shootout actor congratulated his director and the entire team.
â€œAnd it is possible that Saadat Hasan dies, but MANTO remains aliveâ€.â€” Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) April 12, 2018
Glad to inform that â€˜MANTOâ€™ is selected for competition at #Cannes2018 in #UnCertainRegard section.
Congratulations @nanditadas and Team #Manto pic.twitter.com/LBKcSVb1vb
Interestingly Manto is Nanditaâ€™s second film as a director after Firaaq, which was released in 2008.
We are in Cannes!! #Manto is selected in the official section- Un Certain Regards. Exciting moment for the entire crew & cast. @Viacom18Movies @HP @ajlucio5 @vikbatra @mantagoyal @Nawazuddin_S @RasikaDugal @chintskap @SirPareshRawal @tahirbhasinfc @Javedakhtarjadu @gurdasmaan https://t.co/Rfva438Kpcâ€” Nandita Das (@nanditadas) April 12, 2018
Nandita Das thanked her well-wishers and fans for their love and support on Facebook.
Manto which also stars Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rasika Duggal and Paresh Rawal has been written by Nandita Das.
News Nation congratulates the entire team of Manto for the selection and we hope the film brings home the prestigious award.