Manjhi - The Mountain Man

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Manjhi - The man
Manjhi The Mountain Man - Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ketan Mehta
Produced by Nina Lath Gupta
Deepa Sahi
Written by Ketan Mehta
Anjum Rajabali
Mahendra Jhakar
Varadraj Swami
Shahzad Ahemad
Starring
Music by Sandesh Shandilya
Hitesh Sonik
Cinematography Rajiv Jain[1]
Production
company
Distributed by Maya Movies
Release date
  • 21 August 2015 (2015-08-21)
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office est. 10.42 crore (US$1.5 million) (1 week)[2]

Manjhi - The Mountain Man is a 2015 Indian biographical film, based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi. Manjhi, widely known as the "Mountain Man", was a poor labourer in Gehlaur village, near Gaya in Bihar, India, who carved a path 9.1 metres (30 ft) wide and 110 metres (360 ft) long through a hill 7.6 metres (25 ft) using only a hammer and chisel.[3] The film is directed by Ketan Mehta, jointly produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and NFDC India.[4] Upon release the film received positive critical acclaim.[5][6][7]

Nawazuddin Siddiqui enacted the role of Dashrath Manjhi, while Radhika Apte played Manjhi's wife. The film was released worldwide on 21 August 2015. Prior to its release preview copy of movie leaked on web on 10 August 2015.[8] The Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) cyber police station had registered a case against few accused for leaking the movie.[9] The Bihar State Government declared the film tax-free on 30 July 2015.[10]

Plot[edit]

In the 1960s Dashrath Manjhi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) lived in a small village Gehlaur near Gaya, Bihar, India with his family including his wife Phaguniya Devi (Radhika Apte) and his son. There was a rocky mountain near his village that people either had to climb across or travel round to gain access to medical care at the nearest town Wazirganj. One day Manjhi's wife (when pregnant) fell while trying to cross the mountain and eventually died giving birth to a girl, after which Manjhi 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.

Manjhi died in 2007. The film's postscript states that 52 years after he started breaking the mountain, 30 years after he finished and 4 years after his death the government finally made a metalled road to Gehlaur in 2011. He fought with the Indian government for the development of their village and for the availability of hospitals and road.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Manjhi - The Mountain Man
Soundtrack album by Sandesh Shandilya, Hitesh Sonik
Released 9 August 2015 (2015-08-09)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 10:45
Label Zee Music Company
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Gehlore Ki Goriya"Deepak RamolaSandesh ShandilyaBhavin Shastri, Pavni Pandey3.40
2."O Rahi"Ketan MehtaSandesh ShandilyaBhavin Shastri4.42
3."Dum Kham"KumaarHitesh SonikDivya Kumar3.03
Total length:10:45

Critical reception[edit]

Sweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times termed the film an inspiring, touching tale of a common man and gave the film 4.5 stars out of 5.[13] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film 3 stars.[5] Meena Iyer of Times of India gave it 3 stars.[14] Bollywood Hungama gave it 2.5 stars.[15] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express gave it two stars.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manjhi The Mountain Man Movie Review". The Times of India. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-09. 
  2. ^ "Box Office Collection: 'Brothers' Beats Piku Record, 'All Is Well' Overtakes 'Manjhi The Mountain Man' in First Week". International Business Times, India Edition. 28 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "The man who made way for progress". The Indian Express. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Manjhi pays tribute to India's unsung heroes". indiaglitz.com. 
  5. ^ a b "Manjhi - The Mountain Man Movie Review". NDTVMovies.com. 
  6. ^ "'Manjhi' movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui is consistently watchable". The Indian Express. 21 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Uday Bhatia. "Film review: Manjhi". 
  8. ^ "'Manjhi: The Mountain Man' is second movie to be leaked in 10 days after 'Mohalla Assi'". 
  9. ^ "Biopic on Dashrath Manjhi leaked: Mumbai cyber police file FIR". Hindustan Times. 
  10. ^ "Bihar govt declares Nawazuddin Siddiqui's 'Manjhi – The Mountain Man' tax free". 
  11. ^ "deepa sahi to play indira gandhi in nawazuddin siddiqui film manjhi: मूवी मसाला: आज तक". aajtak.intoday.in (in Hindi). Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  12. ^ "Ashraful Haque passes away". The Times of India. 
  13. ^ "Manjhi The Mountain Man review: An inspiring, touching tale of a common man". 
  14. ^ "Manjhi The Mountain Man Movie Review". The Times of India. 
  15. ^ Bollywood Hungama (21 August 2015). "Manjhi The Mountain Man". bollywoodhungama.com. 
  16. ^ "'Manjhi – The Mountain Man' review: Any film helmed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui is worthy of being watched". The Indian Express. 21 August 2015. 

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