Ever since the news of Nandita Das making a film on Manto came out, fans across the world have been eagerly waiting to watch the film. She gained a lot of support on this and the film was finally shot and released at Cannes last year.
The film, Manto starring the acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role, has received critical acclaim at numerous film festivals and at its premiere in India.
However, it was rumoured that the film would not be released in Pakistan, with people complaining that till a week ago the film was showing up on the ‘coming soon section’ of several cinema websites but was no longer there.
Earlier, the film’s director had tweeted that they were in the process of screening the film in Pakistan.
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) September 16, 2018
According to Daily Dawn, chairman of the federal censor board, Danyal Gilani said that so far no importer had approached the board for clearance.
“There are many importers of movies in Pakistan. Difficult to tell offhand what are their thoughts about a specific movie,” he said.
A source at the provincial censor board also confirmed this. Nadeem Mandviwalla of Atrium Cinema said that nothing had been confirmed by any distributor yet.