The Pakistani government has promised that they will help Nandita Das to lift the ban on her film Manto in Pakistan. Pakistan’s minister of information and broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter to extend his help, saying he was trying to convince film importers to present a “less commercial film” like the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer.
“I am trying to pursue importers to bring this movie to Pak, I hope someone will definitely take risk of showing a less commercial film to the viewers,” he said.
I am trying to pursue importers to bring this movie to Pak, I hope someone will definitely take risk of showing A less commercial film to the viewers https://t.co/ZkNyJOyfTi— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) December 15, 2018
Das thanked the minister and replied, “Shukriya @fawadchaudhry #FreeSpeech.”
PTI reports that the minister’s statement came in response to Das’ tweet on Saturday where she expressed her disappointment on the ban of the movie, a biopic on celebrated Urdu short story writer Saadat Hasan Manto who had migrated to Pakistan after Partition.
Previously Nandita Das had written an open letter to the Pakistani government urging them to release her film. “Disappointed that Manto will not be seen in theatres in Pakistan. I was keen as he belongs to both countries equally. Viacom18 Motion Pictures Namrata Goyal,” the director wrote.