Rasika plays Manto's wife in the biopic on Saadat Hasan Manto
Rasika Dugal who essays the character of Saadat Hasan Manto's wife Safia in Nandita Das's directorial, is leaving no stone unturned to prepare for her role. After having done thorough research for her role, she is learning Urdu to get into the skin of her role and to get the perfect diction she hired a tutor to understand the meaning and the many metaphors in Manto's writings.
In an effort to understand Manto and Safia’s world she’s also been reading essays written by Manto about his take and his defence on the cases of obscenity against him which gives a sense of the hardships they went through together. The film has recently begun shooting in Gujarat and now the first look of Rasika as Safia Manto has been revealed. Safia had simple looks with round glasses and simple Indian attire and much like Nawazuddin Siddiqui's look, Rasika's look as his on-screen wife in the biopic is absolutely spot-on and she manages to embody the look of the real life character.
Says Rasika, “I got very excited when I first saw the look come together. Was really happy with the outcome and all I could think was that I do look like her in the get up. I feel this look has been achieved through thorough research and that was always the intent to make Safia's character as real as possible to her real life look.”