MUMBAI: Actress-filmmaker Nandita Das’ directorial Manto, a biographical on controversial Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, has made its way to the Un Certain Regard segment of the prestigious 71st Cannes Film Festival.
A historical period drama about Manto, who is known for his writings around the partition of India and Pakistan, is the only Indian film competing in the Un Certain Regard category of the gala, to be held from May 8-19.
Das, who has been a jury member at the movie jamboree twice – in 2005 and 2013 – had last year introduced Manto to the Cannes audience via In Defence of Freedom, as a prelude to the feature film.
Now heading to the fest with the film, an ecstatic Das tweeted: “We are in Cannes! Manto is selected in the official section Un Certain Regard. Exciting moment for the entire crew and cast.”
The filmmaker’s 2008 directorial debut Firaaq, based on the aftermath of the Gujarat riots, was also screened at Cannes.