Nandita Das on Manto's screening at Cannes: People sat even after it ended

May 17, 2018, 20:00 IST | The Hitlist Team

Nandita Das on the reception her film Manto received at Cannes

Nandita Das
Nandita Das

The journey of making Manto and taking it to the audience at Cannes has so far been miraculous, says director Nandita Das. Taking a breather out of a "roller coaster ride" that she has had at the French Riviera over the last five days, Das says that after the last-minute running around before she arrived for the festival, the "carnival-like energy" lifted her spirits. Das says the premiere garnered a four-minute standing ovation, and strangers hugged her while sobbing.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Manto
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Manto

"Some just sat in their seats, still immersed in the experience. Some chose to walk out quietly, as if not wanting to break their experience. Six years of relentless work and challenges had finally found their culmination." The director said the feedback on Manto, featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, was "overwhelmingly positive and their critique, interesting".

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