Tuesday February 19, 2019

Majority of Society in a Time Warp, Says Nawazuddin Siddiqui

"Manto" travelled to several international film festivals like Cannes and Toronto, but did not fare well at the Indian box office

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui Buys A Plot To Farm. Flickr
Majority of society in a time warp: Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Flickr

By Arundhuti Banerjee 

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who stars as Saadat Haasan Manto in “Manto” — an Indian film that is not getting released in Pakistan — says society continues to remain stubborn in its reluctance to accept the bitter truth.

As the film has not got the green light for release, writers, activists and journalists got together last week to protest in different cities of Pakistan.

While “Manto” director Nandita Das has expressed gratitude to the supporters, Nawazuddin told IANS here: “The majority of the society has not grown up intellectually to embrace the truth. That is why we are still living in the same society and stuck in time… That is why what Saadat Hassan Manto faced in his time is still the reality. The problems are still existing and his story is still relevant.”

“Yes, like the way there were few liberal-minded people — writers, authors and intellectuals stood by him — in the present time, a few people have also stood by the film. But all of us are really in the minority, you know,” he added.

Isn?t it quite a pessimistic thought?

The actor promptly responded: “No, no, don’t get me wrong. I want to add that those few liberal-minded people are the reason why the world is still a nice place to live in. They are the hope that drives all of us to work with conviction and stand strong for the truth.

Actor Nawazuddin Siddhiqui, Wikimedia

“Otherwise people will just look for an opportunity to kill each other.”

The film “Manto”, a biopic on Manto, released in India in September last year. It features Rasika Dugal, Divya Dutta, Paresh Rawal and Rishi Kapoor.

“Manto” travelled to several international film festivals like Cannes and Toronto, but did not fare well at the Indian box office.

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“Initially, when the film released in India, since we did not get a good number of screens and audience reach, I was upset. Later when the film released digitally and the response started pouring in, I was glad that the film got a great shelf life on Netflix, and we did a good job. We gained confidence,” said the actor, who is determined to be part of such stories in future.

“Few stories are so compelling that when a filmmaker is ready to tell the unadulterated version of it on the big screen, as an actor you feel excited to do such a film. Of course, ?Manto? was one of such project and I will be doing such films in coming days,” said Nawazuddin, who will next be seen in “Thackeray” as late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray.  (IANS)

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Actor Anil Kapoor Feels That Contribution to Society is The Key to Happiness, Success

Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and Madhuri Dixit starrer "Total Dhamaal" is releasing on February 22

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Anil Kapoor, Amritsar
Anil Kapoor. Twitter

Actor Anil Kapoor says the more people will contribute towards the society, the more they will get back in return in their lives.

“You should contribute to the society and the country as much as you can… you will get happiness, success and peace of mind,” he said here on Saturday while interacting with the media after inaugurating TATA Memorial hospital’s pediatric oncology ward.

Sharing his thoughts after attending the inauguration of the hospital’s ward, Kapoor said: “Earlier also, I have come in this hospital and I am feeling really happy with the kind of positive change I am seeing here.”

Anil Kapoor. IANS

Anil Kapoor said he felt nice to see smile on faces of children, their parents and the doctors.

“It is nice to see smile on faces of kids, their parents and the doctors so, I am thankful to people who have contributed towards this change.”

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Asked if he will organise special screening of his upcoming film “Total Dhamaal” for the children of TATA hospital, Anil Kapoor said: “Definitely. It’s really good idea. I think that film is especially made for children and its very entertaining film so, we would definitely host special screening of the film for these children.”

Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and Madhuri Dixit starrer “Total Dhamaal” is releasing on February 22. (IANS)