I haven’t attached the label of independent cinema artiste to myself: Rasika Dugal
Saadat Hasan Manto’s courage and struggle to express himself are important at a time when the freedom of speech is often under attack, says Rasika Dugal, who is playing the famous short-story writer’s wife Safia in a biopic.
The actress says Manto’s work reflects sheer fearlessness, which is rare because it has become too difficult for people to say what they want to. “Just being with Manto’s stories in the last few months has been an empowering experience. I’ve read many of his short stories but I’d not read his essays before. It makes you feel close to Manto in a sense,” Rasika said.
“Also, the freedom of speech is something which is being tested in the times that we’re living in now and his work could not be more relevant. That’s something I really want to carry from him – the fearlessness and the courage,” she adds.
The Nandita Das-directed movie features Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Manto. The film’s first look was unveiled at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival. Wearing a printed cotton saree with small hoops and round spectacles in the film, Rasika has done her best to match what Safia would have looked like.
The actress, however, was a little …read more