Films Of India
After Rang Rasiya, director Ketan Mehta returns with Manjhi The Mountain Man, which is based on a true story. The movie is about Dashrath Manjhi, from Gehlore Village in Gaya, whose wife dies because she cannot not get medical assistance in time, as the route to the nearest hospital is blocked by a mountain. Dashrath decides to take matters into his own hands, with the crazy idea of actually carving a pathway through the mountain all by himself, using only a hammer and chisel. The movie is inspirational and absolutely fantastic, and the lead character’s undying obsession bordering on delusional is what takes things to a different level. The movie could have been pretty monotonous and like a long running, boring documentary, but Ketan Mehta showcases it in the form of a love story along with the backdrop of the caste system. Brutal examples are shown to us throughout the film of how deeply embedded the system is and how the implementation of laws also make no difference. There are quite a few surprise moments in the film too, such as the one where Radhika and Nawaz are hiding in pile of mud and come out from literally nowhere. If there is one person who can hold your attention singlehandedly, it is Nawazudin Sidiqui. He has proved this to us numerous times with films such as Gangs Of Wasseypur and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, but with Manjhi, it is Nawazuding who owns the audience during his scenes. Radhika Apte, who seems to be going from strength to strength, gives in a masterful performance, and one doubts if any of the A list actresses of present day could have done justice to the role like she did. Overall, strong performances by the lead actors and great storytelling by Director Ketan Mehta present an engrossing, impactful movie about one man's crazy dedication to literally move mountains. Overall, we shall go with 4 stars for this movie.