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Manto to have a grand open at Singapore South Asian film fest.

Manto, that is produced by Nandita Das, will be making its opening to the second edition of the Singapore South Asian International Festival (Sg.SAIFF).

“We are very excited and delighted to screen Manto is as the opening film at Sg.SAIFF. Manto was a great South Asian author,” Nandita mention in her statement.

“We South Asiana, unlike the Europeans, have never owned the identity, in spite of having many cultural and social similarities between the countries of the same region. Therefore, it’s necessary to support such festivals that remember cinema from the sub-continent.

“Last year, Sg.SAIFF screened a movie in which I was the acting, ‘Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai’ as the opening film which is currently on hold. And it will be released soon. I was unable to make it to the film. So, I’m eagerly waiting to attend it this year,” she added.

The fest is going to be held in Singapore from October 5-14.

Manto starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, co-produced by HP Studios, Filmstock and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, is an autobiography of author Saadat Hasan Manto. Nawazuddin is going to be seen playing the character to of the late author.

The film follows the foremost troubled years within the lifetime of the unorthodox author Manto and people of the countries — India and Pakistan — that Manto inhabited and chronicled. The film stars Rasika Dugal as Manto’s better half and Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rishi Kapoor and Divya Dutta in key roles.

Abhayanand Singh, Chairperson of Sg.SAIFF, also said, “We are happy that Nandita Das accepted our invitation to come and present our film at the festival.”

The fest line-up represents a various mixture of feature films, short films and documentaries, that embrace films from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, and Afghanistan.