‘Nawaz kept me sharp, observant’
Actor Rasika Dugal (above) who has acted in a handful of offbeat films in Bollywood, was recently seen in a short film called Chutney produced by actor Tisca Chopra. After working with some of the finest actors in the industry such as Irrfan, John Abraham and Anupam Kher; Rasika will share screen space with National Award winning actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in filmmaker Nandita Das’ project, Manto — a biopic based on a Pakistani writer Saadat Hassan Manto’s life. The shooting of the film is yet to start, and it will go on floors in February next year.
On being paired alongside Nawaz, an excited Rasika says, “He is a tremendous actor, it indeed makes me a little nervous to act with him. But it also keeps me sharp and observant. I am eager to work with Nawazuddin. When you have a co-actor as good as him, then you better be well rehearsed!”
She shares she studied Manto’s books and about his life during her college days and that the story of Manto inspired her to a large extent. The actor adds, “I have already learned five languages and it was while I was reading about him (Manto), that I decided to learn Urdu as well and this language introduced me to a whole new world.”