What? Nawazuddin Siddiqui did Manto for Re 1?

Aug 29, 2018, 11:50 IST | Mohar Basu

Manto director Nandita Das on how Nawazuddin Siddiqui and ensemble cast supported the movie by doing it for free

What? Nawazuddin Siddiqui did Manto for Re 1?
A still from Manto

In an industry that has become largely money-oriented, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and the team of Manto showed that artistes are driven by their love for movies. Eager to bring director Nandita Das' vision of Urdu author Saadat Hasan Manto to the big screen, most actors associated with the biopic decided to forgo their remuneration.

Das tells mid-day that the film's leading man was so taken by the story that a discussion about the remuneration did not arise. "Nawaz offered to do the film for Re 1. To not charge even a nominal fee is gracious of him," says the director, who was surprised to find similar support from Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Ranvir Shorey, Divya Dutta and Javed Akhtar, among others.

Nandita Das
Nandita Das

"Rishi Kapoor gave his nod in our first meeting. Paresh Rawal had worked with me in Firaaq (2008), I am truly grateful he did this role to perfection," says Das, adding that the move proves that actors will go the extra mile for a compelling story.

"As I have been on the other side [of the camera], I can say that good actors are hungry for good projects." Quiz her if she intends to have a profit-sharing arrangement with the actors, and she reiterates, "The compensation comes in the form of the joy of working on interesting projects."

Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal
Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal

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In 2010, when Salman Khan was approached for a Yashraj film, he supposedly told Aditya Chopra that he would charge Re 1 more than what Shah Rukh Khan is paid

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