Ketan Mehta’s Manjhi – The Mountain Man is a true story of guts and glory of Dashrath Manjhi who took 22 years to break a mountain to carve a road for his village – Gehlor in Gaya district of Bihar, India. Produced by Nina Lath Gupta and Deepa Sahi under Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, NFDC India, and Maya Movies, Rajiv Jain has handled the cinematography.
It stars Nawaduddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte in a lead role with supporting cast Tigmanshu Dhulia, Pankaj Tripathi, Gaurav Dwivedi, Urmila Mahanta, Ashraful Haque, Jagat Rawat, Varadraj Swami, Deepa Sahi, Prashant Narayanan and Rashaana Shah.
It was released on 21 August 2015, and the State Government of Bihar declared the movie Tax Free in their state,
Sandesh Shandilya and Hitesh Sonik was composed the music and the soundtrack consist of three songs, “Gehlore Ki Goriya”, “O Rahi” and “Dum Kham” vocal are provided by Bhavin Shastri, Pavni Pandey, and Divya Kumar.
The story was based on Dashrath Manjhi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who is a poor laborer in a small village called Gehlaur, near Gaya in Bihar state in India, he lived with his wife Phaguniya (Radhika Apte) and son, One-day Manjhi’s wife when she was fell while trying to cross the mountain and eventually died giving birth to a girl, then he decided to carve a path through a mountain using only a hammer and chisel. Manjhi has cut down a mountain to pay away between 2 cities so that no one will face the problem which his wife had faced through.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui performance is outstanding the love Manjhi has for his wife Phaguniya is clearly evident in his eyes and his madness as he breaks down the mountain that takes her away from him, Radhika Apte as a supporting actor, playing the role of Dashrath Manjhi’s wife, acted marvelously.
The Film is no doubt a hard-worked depiction of an incredible story of a man who broke a mountain to prove his love, only that when you compare it with a similar but famous story of the Taj Mahal, you will still go with the latter. That is the powerlessness of the film.