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When the Pakistani film, Manto – directed by Sarmad Khoosat released in 2015, there was a lot of buzz around its Indian counterpart being released soon. However, despite it being almost two years since the Pakistani film’s release, Manto by Nandita Das still seems to have a half a year wait attached to it.

Actress-filmmaker Nandita Das, who has completed the shoot of her upcoming directorial on the life of celebrated writer Saadat Hasan Manto, has confirmed that the film will be in theatres by the middle of 2018.

Nandita attended the opening ceremony of the MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival, where she was asked about her film and if she was happy with it.

“If you ask as a director how happy you are after shooting the film, then it’s a tricky one. But I just know that it can’t get any worse. It can only get better when you are in post-production,” she said.

The actress also shared her working experience with actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Rasika Dugal.

“Both of them are wonderful. Honestly, both are very accomplished actors and wonderful human beings. When you spend so much time with actors, you also want to work with good people. I feel fortunate that they have fully dedicated themselves and they are real troopers,” Nandita said.

The film is produced by Sameer Dixit and distributed by HP studios and Viacom18 Motion Pictures.