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Manto, Manmarziyaan to screen at Toronto International Film Festival

Anthony Maras's Hotel Mumbai, based on the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, will also be screened at the festival.


Filmmaker Nandita Das is excited that her upcoming directorial Manto will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where she last went with her directorial debut Firaaq (2009) a decade ago.

"Thank you TIFF, Cameron Bailey for making Manto a part of your first selection. Just got to know! Can't wait to be back in Toronto after 10 long years. Last time was for Firaaq," Nandita tweeted late on Tuesday (24 July).

The movie, on the life of late Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, will be screened as part of a Special Presentations section.

Manto follows the most tumultuous years in the life of iconoclastic writer Manto and those of the countries - India and Pakistan - which Manto inhabited and chronicled.

The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the writer, Rasika Dugal as his wife and Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rishi Kapoor and Divya Dutta in key roles.

Anurag Kashyap's Manmarziyaan will also premiere at the TIFF 2018, where Hotel Mumbai on the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai will also be screened.

Kashyap tweeted on Tuesday (24 July), "Manmarziyaan aka 'Husband Material' premieres at TIFF before releasing on September 21."

The movie, penned by Kanika Dhillon, features Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu. It is produced by the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment's Phantom Films joint venture.

TIFF will be held from 6 to 16 September.