Exclusive! ‘Nawazuddin Siddiqui was the most supportive co-star ever,’ reveals Manto actor Bhanu Uday | Wireler
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s efficiency as author Saadat Hasan Manto in Nandita Das’ Manto has gained over the worldwide press at the Cannes Film Festival 2018. TV actor Bhanu Uday whom we all know greatest from his work in Special Squad and the Star Bharat present, Saam Daam Dand Bhed performs the function of actor Ashok Kumar in the movie. In an unique dialog with Bollywood Life, he spoke about how he landed up with the function and the expertise of working with Nawazuddin. “Well, I got this call from Honey Trehan’s office. He told me that he wanted me to play film star Ashok Kumar in Manto and that I had to audition the next day. I was given lines to prepare. I was quite nervous as I had so little time to bring forth the legendary actor and scared that I did make a fool of myself before Nandita Das,” he says. Bhanu additional says he gave an audition and the filmmaker appreciated it although it wasn’t hundred per cent Ashok Kumar. She gave him time to get into the character. Post that, Bhanu spent days watching all movies of Ashok Kumar and would do scenes at dwelling. His spouse would seize them in movies and he would ship them to Nandita. Slowly, he was finalised for the half. “Nandita Ma’am had suggested that I take help from a mimicry artiste but I was afraid that I would look caricaturish. I wanted to be more like the real person,” he opines. (Also Read: Manto teaser: Nawazuddin Siddique’s unconventional act of a author will go away you intrigued ; watch video)
The Saam Daam Dand Bhed actor says working with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and the staff of Manto has been one among the most gratifying experiences of his life. “Since I took a long time to get into the character, I did not get out of it easily. When I met Nawazbhai for the first time, I was talking like Kumar. He noticed that immediately. We are both pass-outs from the National School of Drama. He is my senior by quite a few years. Nawazbhai is an exceptional actor but also the most encouraging co-star ever. He took me under his wings. On sets, we had Nandita Ma’am, Nawazbhai, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Vinod Nagpal. The kind of conversations we had. It was so enriching. That kind of atmosphere is something every actor longs for,” says an overwhelmed Bhanu. (Also Read: Director Nandita Das will current her biopic Manto in Cannes Film Festival 2018)
He can be all praises for Nandita Das. “She guides you like a mother, which is with a lot of love. She knows what she wants from you but she’ll never get aggressive. The atmosphere on the sets was a passionate one but chilled-out. All of us felt at home,” he says. Writer Saadat Hasan Manto lived for his ardour and would die than compromise on his work. He was completely trustworthy in no matter he wrote. “Manto is the biggest inspiration for any artiste to never compromise on his art irrespective of whatever the circumstances. Passionate and fearless, he lived by his ideals. It was a pleasure being a part of this film and it has inspired me to give my best every time,” indicators off Bhanu.