Manjhi – The Mountain Man
Using only a hammer and a chisel, a man spends twenty-two years carving a road through a treacherous mountain.
Dear friends….I came across a movie trailer on the web and I got so curious to know about this amazing iconic personality of this era that I read more and more about him. His life is an inspiration for all and is more than a proof for the statement – “Never Underestimate the power of ONE”.
Yes I am talking about “Mr. Dashrath Manjhi” and the trailer was from the upcoming movie “Manjhi – The Mountain Man” by Ketan Mehta.
The Factual Story:
Dashrath Manjhi was born in 1934, to a poor labourer family of Gahlour village near Gaya, Bihar. In 1967, Dashrath Majhi’s wife, Falguni Devi was injured and needed immediate medical attention. But unfortunately, the nearest town with a doctor was located 70 km away, as he had to travel around the Gehlour mountain hills; and as a result, his wife died due to lack of timely medical treatment. Dashrath was taken aback with the loss of his wife in this way. He realized that his village was situated in the lap of rocky hills and because of this the villagers would often face lot of trouble crossing the small distance between Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya town. Dashrath Manjhi did not want anyone else to suffer the fate of his wife, so the old man started something no one could think of.
In memory of his wife, Dashrath wanted to break down the hill and create a road path to make it easier for villagers to travel to the town. He made this possible by a combination of tools such as a hammer, chisel, nails and obsessive dedication. He determined and started hammering the hill, working day and night for almost 22 years and single-handedly carved out the rough path over one of the slopes of the Gehlour mountain between 1960 and 1982.People considered him mad, but he still continued with his exemplary efforts and carved out a 360 feet long, 30 feet high and 25 feet wide passage through the Gehlour hills, which reduced the distance between Atri and Wazirganj from 55 km to 15 km.
Manjhi said, “When I started hammering the hill, people called me a lunatic but that steeled my resolve”
Though mocked for his efforts, he has made life easier for people of Gehlour village.
Later, Manjhi said, “Though most villagers taunted me at first, there were quite a few who lent me support later by giving me food and helping me buy my tools”
Manjhi died on 17th August 2007 at the age of 73, while suffering from gall bladder cancer in AIIMS, Delhi. He was given a state funeral by Government of Bihar, India. The Bihar chief minister proposed a 3-km metalled road leading to his village and a hospital named after him.
Manjhi’s one-man and dual-edged battle against nature and government apathy was reported first in the local press and then in the national media in the 1990s. Manjhi became then inspiration for the locals, state, nation and then world. His journey and outcome inspired a documentary by Kundan Ranjan, a non-fiction film earlier and now Ketan Mehta is coming up with biopic Manjhi – The Mountain Man, which opens on August 21.
Katan calls ‘Manhi – The Mountain Man” is a humble tribute to the power of the human will. It is the untold story of a hero, who achieved the unachievable, and conquered the unconquerable, benefitting generations from his selfless act.
The lead title role of iconic Dashrath Manjhi is being played by Nawazuddin Siddique. As we all know Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a fine actor with great performances ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Kahaani’, ‘Bajarangi Bhaijaan’.
The trailer was released online on 13 July 2015 Actually The trailer is brilliant and looks promising with the way the entire story has been depicted in a few minutes and it surely leaves viewers wanting for more.
According to the trailer dialog delivery of Nawazuddin Siddiqui is too good and here coupe of popular dialog (“bhagwan k bharose mat baitho kya pta bhagwan Hamaare bharose baitha ho” and “pahad tode se bhi jada mushkil hai ka”). The trailer reflects the elements of romance, love, passion, drama, humour, village life and promises to be a true inspiring biopic. It looks like a story of ‘Mind over Matter’. The film depicts the victory of an idea – the idea of being the change.
Recently Bihar government has announced to free the ‘Entertainment tax’ for the movie in Bihar. The cabinet said the movie is based on the life of real hero Manjhi, whose inspirational story tells that a person can do the biggest work with determination even when resources are scarce. It encourages the viewers to see human life in the right perspective and inspires them.
I reckon the fact that the movie well delivered can be a great tribute by Mr. Ketan Mehta to “Mr.Dashrath Manjhi”