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Manto has been selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Actor-filmmaker Nandita Das' new film Manto was screened at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. He also explained how he could relate to the character and siad, " I am hopeful people will relate to him, especially those who believe in speaking truth, no matter how hard it maybe".

Speaking to IANS, Nandita Das said that it was a "smooth ride" for actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play the title role: "He has similar kind of personality in terms of views, anger, arrogance, sensitivity and humour". "The kind of respect that the Cannes film festival has and considering how well-known it is in India, it helps create a better buzz for the film overseas and in India too, getting more people interested in watching the film", Rasika said.

"Given the kind of respect that the Cannes film festival has, it helps create a better buzz for the film overseas and in India too", she adds. This time, Manto & not Nawazuddin Siddiqui will visit the Cannes Film Festival.

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"It gives me a big check on my bucket list".

"The fact that it made it has given me a lot of encouragement".

The director feels that the partition of India impacted Manto very personally and the four years that have been covered in the film were defining moments for both Manto and for the Indian subcontinent. The protest was lead by Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart and was attended by the likes of Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda, Nandita Das, Ava Duvernay, Marion Cottilard and Patty Jenkins among others. She has also dabbled in theatre, television and web series. "But I took the risk because I wanted to make sure I was skilled enough to have an entire film resting on my shoulders". She's glad it worked out well. For Qissa, somebody else was cast originally, and at the last minute something didn't work out and I was cast. Of course Manto was no ordinary writer, "he wrote as he saw".

Rejection, she says, still affects her, but she feels she is better at dealing with it today.

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