Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nandita Das honoured at 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Bollywood actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nandita Das honoured at 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Critically acclaimed Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui bagged the Best Actor award 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).

Nawazuddin Siddiqui expresses immense joy on winning this award. On microblogging site Twitter, he said, “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.”


Director Nandita 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.”

Film Manto is based on the life of renowned 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 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.

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