Nawazuddin Siddiqui Aspires To Do Justice To Manto

Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is busy preparing for his upcoming biopic on the celebrated writer Saadat Hasan Manto. The actor is all pumped up with the process of the film. To be intellectually emotionally and physically equipped to play the Urdu litterateur Sadat Haasan Manto, the Raees actor is getting prepared to fit into the role.

According to DNA India, the actor shared that he’s in a complete quest for creative quarantine, “Thanks to Nandita’s research on Manto, I feel I know him well enough to get into his mind and body. The body part is relatively easier. I need to dress the way he did, and as long as I’m playing him, I need to live my life the way he did. Alone. Writing words that created magic on paper.”

The actor plans to free himself of all other commitments now that Raees is out. “I will shut myself away from all communication,” he insists.

“I plan to recreate Manto’s world around me. I will have my room re-furnished with the things that Manto lived with. I will dress like him, try to eat the food that he ate, sleep on the kind of bed that he did, wear the kind of clothes he did and talk like him. If I enter Manto’s physical world, I feel I can penetrate his mind,” he adds.

“As long as I play him I won’t be taking on any other project. I want to do justice to the awe-inspiring personality of this great man. And to be able to do this I am willing to make any sacrifice required,”
he says.

Nandita Das’ directional biopic of popular writer Manto will go on floors in March. Earlier in a Pakistani biopic of Manto, the critics favourite Sarmad Khoosat did extreme justice to the role.

Rimsha Butt