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Manjhi | The Mountain Man

You have just stepped out of Gehlour, the small village in Bihar after witnessing the tumultuous fight of Manjhi, The Mountain Man against the 300 feet long mountain. This was the feeling I was going through when I came out of the theatre and it also reminded me of the popular line from Chennai Express; “don’t underestimate the power of a common man”.

One can easily connect with the grit, determination and positivity the movie was oozing out and few scenes were ‘goose bumps’ moment. The movie also managed to convince us to believe the very old saying; “where there is a will, there is a way”.


The opening scene of the movie in which Manjhi was standing deranged and shattered in front of the mountain and said “Bahut bada hai ..tu..bahut akad hai tora mein..Dekh ..Dekh kaise ukhadte hain ..Akad teri” showcased his anger, disappointment and disgust against the mountain which made travel over ten times longer for the villagers to reach hospital in time and the very reason of his wife’s death. The intensity in eyes and grief in voice made the scene look completely believable but, the CGI fire which occurred after he pelted stones on the mountain was completely distracting.

Manjhi taught one very important lesson to stand with your idea or decision. It doesn’t matter when, where and in how much emotion you have taken the decision, if it is right you must pursue it with full determination, positivity and hard work because nothing is impossible. There was a scene where the local reporter and Manjhi were in conversation and Manjhi suggested him to open his own newspaper to do unbiased reportage and the reporter instantly said it’s not that easy and Manjhi retorted “pahaad tode se bhi mushkil hai ka?”

The movie has portrayed the definition of love in a different perspective. For Manjhi love was inspiring, motivating, source of strength and also the force behind the gargantuan task of cutting the mountain. In a scene when Manjhi said “jab tak todenge nahi, tab tak chordenge nahi. Bahut hi bada dangal (wrestling) chalega re.” he was aware it’s going to be a long, tiring and gruesome fight but he knew it’s achievable and his sheer belief was intensely reflected in his composure when people called him a lunatic trying to break down a mountain.

Movie ended with “Bhagwan ke bharose mat baithiye, ka pata Bhagwan hamre bahrose baitha ho.” The dialogue is a beautiful play of words with no new message but a powerful emotion portraying if you want to do something, you are capable of doing it and you must do it.

Manjhi have had the option of grieving over the fact that her wife has passed away because of the mighty mountain and there is nothing he can do about it. Or maybe he would have chosen to collect and channelize people to form an agitation against the government to build pressure to make a road through the mountain. But he chose none and took the charge of things in his own hands like a boss. The same people who had made mockery of Manjhi, including his father were left awestruck when Manjhi made the mockery of mountain through carving the path.

Miraculous performances by Nawazuddin Siddique and Radhika Apte have made the characters real to the core and converted the movie into a masterpiece.

Shaandaar! Zabardast! Zindabaad!!


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