For 'Manto', Rasika Dugal stayed away from makeup and prosthetics!

WION Web Team
Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 23, 2018, 06:15 PM IST
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Rasika Dugal and Nawazuddin Siddiqui Photograph:(WION Web Team)

Rasika Dugal was recently seen in Cannes Film Festival for the world premiere of her much-awaited project Manto, directed by Nandita Das and starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role.

The story is based on the life of the Indo-Pakistani author, Saddat Hassan Manto in the post-independence period.

Rasika plays the role of Manto’s wife, Safia and the film premiered to a packed audience at Cannes who lauded the lead pair's performance.

Nandita’s pet project also stars Rajshri Deshpande as the celebrated author, Ismat Chugtai and the movie has guest appearances of 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 makeup to look like Safia.

The stylists made sure that the clothes and hairstyle 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 without any use of heavy makeup or prosthetics. It’s a usual practice in several real-life stories and biopics for makers to resort to the art of makeup to make the actors come as close as possible to looking their real people. 

Speaking about the process, Rasika said "Srikant and his team did a fabulous job of designing the look of the characters. On most days I shot with no makeup. The team just found ways to tweak small things to show a change in the look over the years, since the story of the film is over six years and Manto and Safia go through a lot in those years. They are the tiniest of changes but, in my opinion, make a strong impact and affect the look of the character. And also really helped enhance the performance. We really didn't use any makeup or prosthetics. But the smallest of details were looked into by Nandita." 

Manto is scheduled to release in India later this year.