“Never underestimate the power of one” they say and that’s exactly the story of Dashrath Manjhi The Mountain Man. A man who could singlehandedly craft road through the mountains by using chisel and hammer. Working day and night for about 22 years Manjhi shortened the distance between Attari and Wazirgunj blocks of Gaya district from 80 km to just 13 km (Source).
The Story of Manjhi The Mountain Man
Dashrath Manjhi’s wife Falguni died in 1959 due to lack of medical care as the only medical facility available was in a village that was more than 70 km away from his place. Now, these 70 km was not a straight path but one had to travel across the treacherous pass through the hills. For 22 years (1960 to 1982), Manjhi, the poor labour of Gehraul Village worked day and night and carved a path of 110 m that is 360-foot-long through-cut, 25-foot-deep (7.6 m) in places and 30-foot-wide (9.1 m) to form a road through a mountain in the Gehlour hills.
Instead of supporting him the people of his village taunted him and made fun of him. However, as time went by, he started getting support from other people who would contribute in buying tools. Today, the people of this district have nothing but gratitude towards him. He died at 73 in 2007 after suffering from gall bladder cancer.
The Star Cast:
Nawazuddin Siddique as Dashrath Manjhi – The Mountain Man
Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is compared to Irfaan Khan for his acting will be seen playing the titular role in Manjhi The Mountain Man. In the trailer, Nawazuddin appears nothing but incredible. From his dialogue delivery to his acting, everything brings alive the real story of Dashrath Manji.
Radhika Apte as Falguni Devi
Radhika Apte of Badlapur fame will be seen essaying the role of Manjhi’s wife Falguni Devi. This is her third Hindi film this year after Badlapur and Hunterr. She made her Film debut in 2005 with Shahid Kapoor starrer Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi. Next, she did several Bengali, Telugu and Marathi films and even Hindi films like Shor in the City and Raktacharitra.
Recently Radhika was in the news for all the wrong reasons when a naked photo started circulating on social media with her face.
The Trailer of the Film
Ketan Mehta of Maya Memsaab is the director of the film. Earlier in 1993, the director had made a biopic on Sardar Vallabhai Patel titled Sardar. The film bagged him a national award. This movie too is a biopic and you never know Ketan Mehta create a similar magic.
The movie is produced by Viacom 18 in association with NFDC and Maya Movies Pvt Ltd. Sandesh Shandaliya, the music composer of K3G, Chameli, Rules : Pyar Ka Superhit Formula and Jab We Met has composed the soundtrack.
Manjhi The Mountain Man is all set to release on 21st August.