An Indian film that enjoyed the limelight at the Cannes Film Festival was Nandita Das’s Manto, starring Nawazuddin SIddiqui in the titular role. Manto’s teaser clip, released last year, had already given us a taste of what was coming; the recent trailer launch – after the film’s premiere – had everyone raving about Rasika Dugal’s controlled and enigmatic performance as Manto’s wife, Safia. To be frank, we are not surprised that Rasika did a great job. Her earlier performances in films like Qissa have shown us what she is capable of.

 

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