Published:  12:39 AM, 10 November 2018

'Manto' screened on the first day of Dhaka Lit Fest

'Manto' screened on the first day of Dhaka Lit Fest

'Manto' a film by internationally renowned actor-director Nandita das, was screened on the first day of Dhaka Lit Fest 2018. It has been very well received in the festival circuit and have seen the audience waiting in line for the film screening. 

"The response was overwhelming. I think there is a hunger for different kinds of stories. Because especially what we call Bollywood or mainstream cinema, it has occupied much of the film entertainment space. Anything different, it may be less in percentage. But in absolute numbers, there are enough people who want to see it. Somehow our producers and distributors don't think so. Therefore, they do not release it completely.

They always release it too much like niche film. Not realizing that there are people who are interested in these stories, and would be happy to see such films. These queues of people are a testimony to that. Even in India, when it released on September 21, a lot of people who saw it, loved it. There was a very good response,Nandita said. 

A lot of people said, "If it stays longer, I will watch it again next week." And it just wasn't there. It didn't linger as long as it should have. Because distributors and producers want to give mainstream cinema more space. Probably more people come for that of course. 

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