Manjhi is based on a true life story of "Dashrath Manjhi" who broke a Mountain - for Love. Dashrath Manjhi was a poorest from the lowest of the low castes, living in a remote village cut off from the world by a rocky mountain range. Life for him was a daily struggle for survival. He loved his wife, Phaguniya, beyond belief. O...more
Manjhi is based on a true life story of "Dashrath Manjhi" who broke a Mountain - for Love. Dashrath Manjhi was a poorest from the lowest of the low castes, living in a remote village cut off from the world by a rocky mountain range. Life for him was a daily struggle for survival. He loved his wife, Phaguniya, beyond belief. One day while climbing the mountain to bring him food, his wife slipped, fell and died. Overwhelmed by grief, Dashrath decided to carve out a path through the mountain, so that no one else would suffer his fate. For 22 years, all by himself, with just a hammer and a chisel, he hammered away at the rocks, till the path was carved out from the mountain. It is a unique monument to love - An inspiring story of the triumph of the human will - and a passionate love story of the wretched of the earth. less
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The film is " Shandaar, Zabardast, Zindabad" as the leading character of this biopic of sorts would say. Definitely a well made film and the labour of the director and his team is visible enough for a one time watch.
Based on a true incident where villager Dashrat Manjhi of a village in Bihar spent 20 plus years to cut a road through a mountain just because his injured wife dies on the circuitous way to the hospital.
This indeed a saga of an ordinary man's single minded crusade to accomplish an almost impossible task against all odds.It depicts how anger can be converted to a mad desire to fulfill a task of huge proportions. Manjhi is armed with a rope, hammer and chisel as he goes about his daily routine. He is laughed at by his colleagues,and rebuked by his father. Not only does he braves the elements, he suffers through an injury on his forehead, survives a snake bite, and has hallucinations due to chronic hunger and thirst.
This main character shows all the traits a trainer would talk about when discussing task accomplishment like focus, perseverance, motivation, physical/moral strength,overcoming temporary failure, pressing on in the face of adversity all the while maintaining a positive attitude.He also does not lose his focus in the face of greed and corruption when he does not get the financial grant. He also remains unaffected by social disparity and the caste system
Director Ketan Mehta deserves praise for his superb handling of this project and he has turned out an inspiring story in an interesting manner. Not without its minor flaws,the scenes of a younger Manjhi with his carefree attitude and early married life are done very attractively.The outdoor shots lend a charm of their own. Most of the scenes ring true and unnecessary melodrama has been avoided.The movie is not boring at any point and humour has been used effectively.
Performances are a highlight of the movie with Nawazuddin Siddiqui taking the honours with his interpretation of the title role.Truly a remarkable performance.Talk of getting under the skin of the character, this actor has done more. The transformation from early days to the later years has been shown realistically.It will not be surprising if he receives awards including National award. Radhika Apte as his wife has done equally well and it is a piece of perfect casting.The supporting actors have done well.