Manjhi - The Mountain Man is an upcoming Indian biographical film, based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte in the lead roles. It is directed by Ketan Mehta, jointly produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and NFDC India. Manjhi The Mountain Man is scheduled to release on 21 August 2015.
Manjhi, widely known as the "Mountain Man", was a poor labourer in Gehlaur village, near Gaya in Bihar, India, who carved a path through a mountain using only a hammer and chisel.
As the title suggests, the film revolves around the story of Dashrath Manjhi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). He has been living in a small village in Bihar which has been cut off from the city by a rocky mountain. Dashrath was married to Phaguniya (Radhika Apte) in his childhood. His father tried to sell him to the mukhiya of the village (Tigmanshu Dhulia), but he ran away to the city.
He came back to the village after 7 years and got married to his Phiganiya. Their life was full of hardships but Phuganiya's love was enough for him. One day Phuganiya fell off from the mountain and got seriously injured. Dashrath took him to the hospital but she died on the way as the city hospital was far away and they have to cross the mountain.
After which Dashrath decided to carve a road through it. When he started hammering the hill people called him a lunatic but that only steeled his resolve further. After 22 years of back-breaking labour, Manjhi carved a path 360 feet long, 25 feet deep in places and 30 feet wide.
The film is an intelligently disguised story of a man whom history cannot faze out easily. Manjhi’s life story has the right ingredients for a clever biopic which Ketan Mehta and Anjum Rajabali have executed with delectable imagination. At no point does the film scatter in terms of story or intention, steering close to the relevant facts.
Ketan Mehta's homage to the forgotten hero is an epic, with him caressing every detail with research and fondling every emotion through the film’s journey with tenderness. His storytelling still has the sparkling vision and his style has the ability to keep you latched to the screens.
The story’s strength is in its reality and Ketan Mehta has ensured that the screenplay rightfully fits in every bit coherently. The music and background score also works well in the film.
⇒ Nawazuddin Siddiqui has immersed in himself the soul of Dashrath Manjhi. Giving the best work of his career, he is resplendent as Manjhi. He brings out Manjhi’s vulnerability with charm and his passion with force. There is comfortable and effortless energy Nawaz infuses in his role which makes me sure no one could have played it better than him. He has drawn a believable, grounded and exemplary picture of a man whose story people are less fluent with.
⇒ Radhika Apte has a lovely tinge in her little role in her limited screen time. Her chemistry with Nawaz is adorable. Tigmanshu Dhulia as the mukhiya (landlord) is also very convincing in his role.
Shaandaar Zabardast Jindabad. This one deserves to be watched on the big screen.
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