‘Nawaz kept me sharp, ob­ser­vant’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Manasvini Paul

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.”

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