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Movie Review: Manjhi The Mountain Man

August 21st, 2015 | by Manisha Surange

Movie: Manjhi The Mountain Man
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte
Writer: Ketan Mehta, Anjum Rajabali, Mahendra Jhakar
Director: Ketan Mehta
Our rating: 4/5
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“Shaandaar Zabardast Zindabad” the dialogue is as inspiring as his story. Terrible tragedy in Manjhi’s personal life transforms him into a super human is brilliantly executed on the big screen. Manjhi’s character is as the man with the hammer and his strength of character is shown stronger than a mountain.

Though its requirement did not include a love story with intimacy as presented, it could have been dodged to make it suitable for the younger generation to induce virtues of dedication and inspiration.

Dashrath Manjhi is a man who made history for his bewildering work of essentially crumbling a mountain to make a path in Bihar’s Gehlor district.

The film shows Dashrath (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) living a life in poverty stricken village after independence. The Zamindari system is over powering in his village and even twenty years of freedom has not evolved their caste system and untouchability.

A young Dashrath is made to get married as a child, due to non-payment of taxes, Dashrath’s father decides to sell him off to the Mukhiya as bonded labour. Not approving with this, Dashrath succeeds in running away from his village only to return seven years later from Dhanbad, where he sought work in the coal mines.

After his return, Dashrath falls in love with Phaguniya (Radhika Apte) in the market and later learns that she is the same girl he married as a child. The duo run away after her father does not agree to marrying them off due to his unemployed state.

Dashrath is happy with life and they welcome a child too but during her second pregnancy, Phaguniya slips from the mountain and dies since the hospital is 55 kilometers away. Her child is saved and Dashrath is now left with his son and new born daughter. As a revenge for taking away his beloved wife’s life, Dashrath vows to break the mountain and make a path through it so that no more people suffer like him. Thus, over a period of twenty two years of back breaking work, he succeeds carving a 360 feet long, 30 feet wide path through the mountain.

A biopic is never easy to make but Ketan Mehta has presented a fabulous work. The story telling keeps everyone engaged and while the entire village considers Manjhi to be a lunatic, it is nothing but astonishing that one man manages to tear down a mountain with a hammer.

Manjhi’s character is a hero but has emerged as the common man with an extraordinary promise. The script is well-written and clearly shows the right amount on the screen. Dialogues with satirical value are brilliantly written. The entire film is based on struggle and perseverance which are the two things.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui owns the role of Manjhi and he is able to present a brilliant act making this film a compelling watch with the outstanding script.

Radhika Apte as Phaguniya has a short screen time but she gives her best. Her Bihari dialogues seem genuine with effortless act.

Tigmanshu Dhulia plays the character of Mukhiya while Pankaj Tripathi as the landlord’s son are both fantastic.

Gaurav Dwiwedi  in supporting cast plays the role of Alok Jha, the journalist who helps Manjhi’s cause gives a commendable show.

Watch Manjhi The Mountain Man, as the film is worth your money and time.

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