KARACHI: Sarmad Khoosat’s Manto, the biopic of controversial writer Saadat Hasan Manto, picked up awards for Best Actor and Best Sound and Editing at the 8th Jaipur International Film Festival 2016.
The highly acclaimed film won the Best Sound and Editing Award while Sarmad Sultan Khoosat won the Best Actor Award under Feature Film Category.
Manto was one of the two films that opened the Jaipur Film Festival in India alongside Deepika Padukone-Amitabh Bachchan starrer Piku at Golecha cinema on January 2.
In a quick conversation with Instep, Sarmad in characteristic humbleness shared his gratitude over winning the two awards for the film. “It’s uncanny, to be honest,” he said.
“The film opened the festival alongside Piku and winning the Best Actor Award when there was Amitabh Bachchan in the list” We completely understand how amazing that must have felt, even if Sarmad is too modest to say it himself!
“Technically, this is the first time we were in competition with other films at a festival. Earlier, our films have only been showcased at such festivals but have not competed,” he added.
Released in 2015, Manto is based on the life of Pakistani short story writer Sadat Hassan Manto and features director-actor Sarmad Sultan Khoosat in titular role alongside an all-star cast, and a breathtaking musical score.
The festival was inaugurated by filmmaker Prakash Jha. A total of 152 films from across the globe participated in the festival.
The purpose of the festival, according to their official website, is to promote newcomers in the industry and pave the way for and exchange of ideas and information between India and other countries.