Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui bagged the award for best actor for Manto and director Nandita Das was honoured with the FIAPF Award for Achievement in Film in the Asia Pacific Region at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
“Honored to have received Best Performance By An Actor Award by ASPA2018 for my favourite film Manto. This one is special, winning for the second time. Thank you Asia Pacific Screen Award and thank you, Nandita Das, for believing in me,” Siddiqui tweeted.
Das tweeted, “Honoured to get the FIAPF APSA Award for the life and work choices I have made. Feeling encouraged to continue to tell the stories that needed to be told.”
Based on the life and times of the celebrated Urdu author Saadat Hasan Manto, the film follows the most tumultuous four years in the life of the writer and the two countries he inhabits – India and Pakistan.
In Bombay’s seedy-shiny film world, Manto and his stories are widely read and accepted. But as sectarian violence engulfs the nation, Manto makes the difficult choice of leaving his city.
In Lahore, he finds himself bereft of friends and unable to find takers for his writings. His increasing alcoholism leads him into a downward spiral. Through all of this, he continues to write prolifically, without dilution.
Manto is on now streaming on Netflix worldwide.