Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was just seen in Nandita Das’s directorial venture Manto, says that the distribution of the film was really bad, which led to the flick unable to do well at the box office. Nawazuddin, who addressed the media at GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018 which was held on Thursday in Mumbai, was asked if he was satisfied with the audience reaction the movie. He revealed, "I am really satisfied with audience response to 'Manto'. The film travelled in world's biggest film festival so I will always be satisfied and happy with that fact.
"The film was not able to do well here as per our expectations because of the screening issue. Now after release of 'Manto', I realised that screening of a film determines whether it will be a hit or a flop. Our film had really bad distribution."
Former actress and director, Nandita Das was also evidently disappointed by the morning screening of Manto getting cancelled on the first day of the film’s release in multiple cities such as Delhi Noida, Mumbai, Pune, and Ahmedabad. This seems to have affected the box-office number of the film to a great extent.
The flick is about the famous Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, played by Nawazuddin, who was known for his brutally honest style of writing. He talked about various issues faced due to society, shedding light on subjects that were considered taboo back in the day. The Sacred Games actor will next be seen in Thackeray, an upcoming biopic about the late Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray. Penned by journalist and MP Sanjay Raut, and directed by Abhijit Panse, the film is all set to be shot in Hindi, Marathi, and dubbed in English as well. It is set to drop on January 23rd, 2019.
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