The Mumbai premiere of Nandita Das’ directorial venture Manto was held on Monday night in Mumbai. What made the event more special for Das was the attendance of Manto’s daughters Nuzhat and Nusrat.
Sharing pictures from the event, Nandita took to Twitter to express her joy writing, “Manto family being here was the most special thing for me. So happy they could come.”
Manto Family being here was the most special thing for me. So happy they could come. https://t.co/uvwOjSGVXS
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) September 18, 2018
Manto, a biopic on the life of the late Urdu writer, Saadat Hasan Manto, features Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the author-playwright. The film opened to a star-studded screening with several Bollywood actors including Rekha and Shabana Azmi in attendance.
Nandita worked closely with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to facilitate the visas of Manto’s daughters so that they could attend the premiere in Mumbai. Manto’s family has actively supported the making of the film by providing Nandita with several stories and material which gave her a personal insight into the life of the writer, father and husband that Manto was.
Earlier, Nandita also shared pictures of herself and Nawazuddin hanging out with Manto’s family when they reached Mumbai.
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) September 17, 2018
Meanwhile, Nandita also shared that she is working to release the film in Pakistan soon.
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) September 16, 2018