Actor Chandan Roy Sanyal has been roped in to play a crucial role in the upcoming flick titled ‘Manto’, which will be directed by actor-director Nandita Das. Chandan was last seen in Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Jazbaa’ where he played a rapist and now he’ll be seen essaying the role of a very dear friend of Manto, who affected his life majorly. The actor says, “It’s a great opportunity to playing a pivotal role in ‘Manto’. I have always been a big fan of his short stories. So when Nandita Das called me and offered me the role in her film I was ecstatic. I play Manto’s friend who played a big role in his lifetime. I am trying to define my career now and give it a definite shape and structure.” Also Read - Raghubir Yadav's Wife Accuses Him of Having Affair With Nandita Das, Alleges he Has Illegitimate Child With Sanjay Mishra's Wife

Film’s director Nandita Das says, “I am most delighted that Chandan is doing a very significant role in the film, ‘Manto’. He plays a writer of great repute and I am convinced that he will bring great amount of authenticity and dignity to the character. I am excited that the casting is slowly falling into place with some amazing actors are on board.” Also Read - Nandita Das Speaks Against CAA And Religious Discrimination at Jaipur Literature Fest 2020, Says 'Every Place is Shaheen Bagh'

Chandan will also be seen this year playing John Leguizamo’s character from the film ‘Chef’ in the Indian adaptation of the Hollywood movie where Saif Ali Khan will be seen playing Jon Favreau’s character. The actor also has a crucial role in Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming film ‘Rehnuma’ which stars Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead. (ALSO READ: Manto first look: Nawazuddin Siddiqui looks intriguing in a never seen before avatar) Also Read - Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Younger Sister Syama Tamshi Siddiqui Dies of Breast Cancer at 26

“The year starts with ‘Mirzaa Juuliet’ which releases in April. The trailer releases this month, followed by Adhikari Brother’s film their first film production directed by debutante Ravi Adhikari. After which I have ‘Chef’ with Saif Ali Khan and ‘Rehnuma’ by Imtiaz Ali and my very favourite Shah Rukh Khan. They are all roles of different kinds and age and emotional graphs. Funny serious madness everything!” shares Chandan. For more updates on ‘Manto’ keep watching this space.