Rasika Dugal was recently in Cannes for the world premiere of her much awaited project Manto, directed by Nandita Das and starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role, based on the life of Indo-Pakistani author, Saddat Hassan Manto in the post independence period.
Rasika plays the the role of Manto’s wife, Safia and the film premiered to a packed audience who lauded the lead pair’s performance. Nandita’s pet project also stars Rajshri Deshpande as celebrated author, Ismat Chugtai and has guest appearance from several actors including Shabana Azmi, Purab Kohli and Chandan Roy Sanyal.
Rasika, who had to do a great deal of preparation for her role as the noted author’s wife, recently revealed that she did not require any prosthetics or make up to look like Safia. The stylists made sure that the clothes and hair dos from that era would be enough to give viewers an authentic replication of a real life person, in a respectful manner. Interestingly the results of her look are more than uncanny as when compared to images of the real life Safia. All this was managed to be achieved with precision without use of any heavy make up or prosthetics. It’s an usual practice in several real life stories and biopics for makers to resort to the art of make up to make the actors come as close as possible to looking their real people.