Rasika in touch with Saa­dat Hasan Manto’s daugh­ter even after the film’s shoot ends

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - rishabh.suri@htlive.com Rishabh Suri

I have been in touch with Nuzhat Apa, who gen­er­ously al­lowed us to get a glimpse into her child­hood RASIKA DUGAL, AC­TOR

Ac­tor Rasika Dugal will next be seen in Nan­dita Das’s Manto, where she plays Safia, wife of writer Saa­dat Hasan Manto, played by Nawazud­din Sid­diqui.

The ac­tor has gone to great lengths to make her por­trayal of the char­ac­ter ac­cu­rate, which in­cluded get­ting in touch with all Manto’s three daugh­ters to know about their par­ents in de­tail.

The 32-year-old feels that in­ter­act­ing with them was bet­ter than just try­ing to get in­for­ma­tion from books. It turned out to be a fruitful ex­er­cise, as they shared many anec­dotes from their child­hood.

Rasika is still in touch with Nuzhat Manto, the late au­thor’s sec­ond daugh­ter, even after the shoot­ing of the film is over, be­cause she feels that she now shares a spe­cial bond with them.

When con­tacted, Rasika said, “I have been in touch with Nuzhat Apa, who was in­cred­i­bly warm to me and gen­er­ously al­lowed us to get a glimpse of her child­hood. Nan­dita had spent time with all three daugh­ters and Safia’s sis­ter (Zakia) at the and had in­cor­po­rated a lot of what she heard from them into the story.”

The ac­tor is now work­ing on her next film, Hamid, which is set in Kash­mir, and is about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a wid­owed mother and her son.

PHOTO: AALOK SONI/HT

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