Nandita Das’ Bollywood directorial Manto recently launched its premiere in Mumbai and opened with raving reviews in India. However, it doesn’t seem like the film will get a lot of views in Pakistan.
Manto is based on the 1940’s post-independence period of India when the country gained Independence, and at the same time, a new nation called ‘Pakistan’ was born. And despite the burning tension between the Hindus and Muslims, Manto decided to stay in his beloved city of Bombay. Later, Manto is shown to spend the last years of his life, fighting legal battles in court to defend his right to write as the court deemed his works as obscene.
The film essaying the controversial life of the legendary author Sadat Hasan Manto. However, after the recent conditions between the two nations, distributors are finding it hard to bring the contended film to this country.
While talking about this issue, Nadeem Mandivwala of Atrium Cinemas confirmed to a publishing website that distributors have backed out from bringing the film to Pakistan – or at least, they haven’t confirmed that they will be any time soon.
“Up till now, no distributor has confirmed the release of the film,” said the cinema owner as he told the reason to the source.
Nandita Das also expressed her displeasure with the situation, as the film is not being shown at its full potential in many parts of India as well.
Hugely disappointed… 6 years of work & many people's collective intent & commitment was to find its culmination this morning. Am assured by @Viacom18Movies it will be fixed at noon today. Pls let us know if it hasn’t been. Spreading #Mantoiyat will not stop! https://t.co/kuwWcn5Xa8
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) September 21, 2018
As incredible as Bollywood’s Manto seems to be, the Nawazuddin Siddiqui lead doesn’t look like it will be breaking the box office any time soon in India. The film’s screening allocation in the neighboring nation has been abruptly made half of the usual size, without any further explanation. Meanwhile, in Pakistan, there is still no confirmation on the release of the film.
“Hugely disappointed… six years of work and many people’s collective intent and commitment was to find its culmination this morning. Am assured by Viacom18Movies it will be fixed at noon today. Please let us know if it has not been. Spreading #Mantoiyat will not stop,” Nandita Das, the film’s director wrote on Twitter.
Will the film get a chance to release in Pakistan? Time will tell…
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