Sarmad Khoosat’s Manto who played the role of Saadat Hassan Manto in his recent film “Manto” received awards for Best Actor and Best Sound and Editing at 8th Jaipur International Film Festival 2016.
Manto was among those two films that opened the Jaipur Film Festival in India and the other one was Piku starring Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan.
On winning two awards, Sarmad Sultan said, “It’s uncanny, to be honest. The film opened the festival alongside Piku and winning the Best Actor Award when there was Amitabh Bachchan in the list.”
Sarmad SultN Khoosat added: Technically, this is the first time we were in competition with other films at a festival. Earlier, our films have only been showcased at such festivals but have not competed.
Manto was made on the life of a Pakistani short story writer Sadat Hassan Manto and the talented actor and director Sarmad Sultan Khoosat played his role.
The event was inaugurated by film-maker Prakash Jha. A total of at least 152 films participated in the festival from around the world. According to the website, the main aim of the festival is to promote and enhance newcomers in the industry and smoother the way for them and also brainstorm the ideas and information among India and other countries.
Sarmad thanked all his followers on social media.
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Director Sarmad Sultan Khoosat himself played character of Manto and Sania Saeed played the role of wife of Manto. Mahira Khan can be seen as an ordinary girl and one anticipates to what role she might be playing whereas Saba Qamar can be seen playing role of Noor Jahan.
“To think that Manto will benefit from this movie is wrong. It’s us who are benefiting from his timeless genius. We’re only reproducing his writings and the stories he penned about what he thought was right. It’s just like Manto’s quote ‘Saadat Hasan mar jayega, Manto zinda rahega’,” Sarmad Sultan Khoosat said,
“September 11 is viewed as a tragic date in history, as it’s remembered for Quaid-e-Azam death and the World Trade Center incident. But now, it’ll be remembered for a good thing- the launch of Manto the movie,” Shahid Nadeem said.
Faisal Qureshi, Arjumand Rahim Hina Khawaja Bayat, Nimra Bucha, Azfar Rehman, Nadia Afghan and Savera Nadeem were also seen playing their parts in the film.