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MANJHI IS ANOTHER FEATHER IN NAWAZUDDIN's CAP
This is biopic of Dashrath Manjhi, India's mountain man who single-handedly made a road through the mountains of Gehlaur. What gave him the strength to take on this onerous task is his deep love for his wife who meets with an accident here.
The film starts with a monologue between a man, Dashrath(Nawazuddin) and a mountain. Wearing blood-soaked clothes, the diminutive hero admonishes the mountains,(captured beautifully by cinematographer Rajeev Jain) that stretch endlessly before your eyes, saying, ``So you think you are too big? Well I'm not stopping till I reduce you to rubble.''
The emotion in Nawaz's quivering voice as he challenges nature sends a chill down your spine. Further, what piques your curiosity is how this David will attack Goliath.
Of course for those who are familiar with the story of Dashrath Manjhi, there are few surprises. This villager from Gehlaur attacked a mountain for over two decades and emerged victorious when he managed to build a path right through.
The story starts in Wazir Ganj in the 50s, where a young Dashrath is married to a child-bride Phagunia. Born in abject poverty, Dashrath's family eats dead rats to survive. The village Zamindar (Tigmanshu Dhulia) commits atrocities of the kind that makes your stomach churn. Sample this—those who do not pay their debts have nails hammered in their feet, like the ones put into a horse's hooves! This aside, there is third-degree that is proof of the times when the rich ruled over the underprivileged.
Before he is a made a slave to this demon landlord, Dashrath escapes. He returns seven years later, only to fall deeply in love with his child-bride Phagunia(Radhika Apte) who has grown into a sensuous woman.
They marry and despite challenges they make time for love and babies.
However an accident alters Dashrath's life forever. Like a demented man, he picks up hammer and chisel and starts his journey as India's mountain man. This is a faith-inspiring story of resolve and resilience.
His portrayal of Manjhi is another feather in Nawaz's cap. The graph he brings to his screen character-- from a carefree lover to a burdened soul-- is the stuff that separates actors from many cardboard cutouts, loosely referred to as stars. Sultry Radhika shines throughout. Why this film that had so much potential doesn't deserve superlatives is because of the inconsistency in the story-telling. While some scenes leave you scarred and teary-eyed, others don't even scratch the surface.
Our overall critics rating is not an average of the sub score below.
फिल्म में एक संवाद है, 'भगवान के भरोसे नहीं बैठना चाहिए, क्या पता भगवान हमारे भरोसे बैठा हो।' यही इस फिल्म के बारे में सब कुछ बताने का दम रखता है। केतन मेहता इंडस्ट्री के उन बेहतरीन निर्देशकों में शामिल हैं, जो बॉक्स ऑफिस के मिजाज के खिलाफ चलने का जज्बा रखते हैं।
केतन ने इससे पहले 'मंगल पांडे' पर आमिर खान को लेकर मेगा बजट मल्टिस्टारर फिल्म बनाई तो 'रंगरसिया' जैसी ऑफबीट फिल्म भी बनाई। बिहार के एक छोटे से गांव में रहने वाले दशरथ मांझी का नाम बेशक आप न जानते हों, लेकिन जब आपको पता चलता है कि एक छोटे से गांव के एक साधारण, शोषित इंसान ने बिना किसी मदद या भरोसे क्या करिश्मा कर दिखाया तो यकीनन आपकी नजरों में दशरथ मांझी का अर्थ ही बदल जाता है।
इस फिल्म के प्रॉडयूसर को रिलीज से पहले दो अच्छी खबरें मिलीं, बिहार में टैक्स में छूट का ऐलान हुआ तो यूपी ने टैक्स में सौ फीसदी छूट देने का ऐलान किया। रिलीज से 15 दिन पहले ही फिल्म ऑनलाइन लीक हो गई जो प्रॉडक्शन कंपनी के किसी त्रासदी से कम नहीं था। अक्सर फिल्म की रिलीज से पहले पायरेसी के बाद फिल्म की प्रॉडक्शन कंपनी और स्टार प्रमोशन वगैरह का बजट पूरी तरह से खत्म करके फिल्म को बस महज रस्मअदायगी के लिए ही रिलीज करते हैं, लेकिन मांझी के प्रॉडयूसर, डायरेक्टर केतन मेहता के साथ नवाजुद्दीन सिद्दिकी और राधिका आप्टे ने फिल्म के प्रमोशन में खुद को झोंक दिया। अब देखना बाकी है कि बॉक्स ऑफिस पर फिल्म क्या करिश्मा दिखाएगी।
कहानी: बिहार के एक छोटे से गांव गहलौर की इस कहानी का हीरो इसी गांव का 50-60 के दशक कावह युवा है, जिसे देश की आजादी के बाद भी कुछ नहीं मिला। बेशक दिल्ली में बैठी सरकार ने छुआछूत कानून बनाकर हर किसी को समान बनाने की पहल की हो, लेकिन इसी गांव के छोटी जाति के दशरथ मांझी (नवाजुद्दीन सिद्दिकी) ने जब इस कानून के लागू होने की खबर लगने के बाद गांव के उच्च जाति के मुखिया (तिग्मांशु धूलिया) को छूने की हिमाकत की तो उसे मुखिया के लठैतों ने मार-मार कर अधमरा कर दिया।
इसी बीच दशरथ मांझी की पत्नी फगुनिया (राधिका आप्टे) की चिकित्सा के अभाव में मौत हो जाती है। दशरथ को अहसास होता है कि अगर ऊंचे पहाड़ से गिरकर बुरी तरह से घायल हो चुकी फगुनिया को जल्दी से गांव से थोड़ी दूर बने सरकारी अस्पताल पहुंचा दिया जाता तो डॉक्टर उसकी जान बचा सकते थे। लेकिन, दशरथ के गांव से उस छोर चंद किमी की दूरी बने अस्पताल तक पहुंचने के लिए सड़क न होने की वजह से उसे ऊंचे पहाड़ को पार करके अस्पताल तक जाना पड़ा।
फगुनिया की मौत के बाद दशरथ की जिंदगी का बस एक ही मकसद रह गया। गांव के उस पास बने अस्पताल की दूरी कम करने के बीच बाधा बने पूरे पर्वत को काटकर रास्ता बनाना। 60 के दशक में मांझी अपने घर से एक रस्सा और एक हथोड़ा लेकर पहाड़ काटने के लिए निकला तो उसे खुद उसी के पिता ने ही पागल समझा, लेकिन दिन रात दुनिया की परवाह किए बिना पागलों की तरह मांझी पहाड़ तोड़ने में लगा रहा।
ऐक्टिंग: दशरथ मांझी के किरदार में नवाजुद्दीन ने अपने अब तक के करियर का बेहतरीन अभिनय किया है। स्क्रीन पर जैसे 60 के दशक के मांझी को नवाजुद्दीन ने जीवंत कर दिया है। फगुनिया के रोल में राधिका खूब जमीं तो गांव में सामंती युग के मुखिया के रोल में तिग्मांशु धूलिया जमे हैं।
डायरेक्शन: केतन मेहता ने उस दौर के मुताबिक किरदारों और माहौल को बेहद खूबसूरती से कैमरे में उतारा है। बॉक्स ऑफिस की खातिर राधिका और नवाज पर कुछ ऐसे प्रेम प्रसंग पर भी फिल्माए, जिनसे बचा जा सकता था। इंटरवल से पहले कहानी की रफ्तार कुछ धीमी है, लेकिन यह कहानी की डिमांड भी है। केतन की तारीफ करनी होगी कि उन्होंने ऐसे किरदार को बेहद ईमानदारी के साथ सिल्वर स्क्रीन पर उतारा जो बॉक्स ऑफिस पर कमाई की लिहाज से रिस्की सब्जेक्ट था।
म्यूजिक: कहानी और माहौल के मुताबिक गानों को फिल्म का हिस्सा तो बनाया गया लेकिन ऐसा कोई गाना नहीं जो हॉल से बाहर आकर आपकी जुबां पर आ सके। वैसे भी ऐसी कहानी में गाने अक्सर फिल्म की रफ्तार कम ही करते हैं।
क्यों देखें: अगर आप नवाज के फैन हैं तो हर सूरत में इस फिल्म को देखना चाहिए, लेकिन सिनेमा के विशाल स्क्रीन पर फिल्म में एक मेसेज है जो आज की युवा पीढ़ी के लिए बेहद खास है। न जाने क्यूं दिल्ली सरकार ऐसी साफ-सुथरी और दमदार मेसेज देने वाली फिल्म को भी टैक्स फ्री नहीं करती।
Rage against the mountain
When reality paints images on screen, what transpires is something stranger than the ordinary. The story of Dashrath Manjhi, a man from Gehlaur, Bihar who single-handedly reduced a mountain to rubble to avenge his wife's death (she fell off it), offers great fodder for a feature. Ketan Mehta's biopic dramatises events to offer an exciting tale that salutes his conviction and celebrates his achievement. If only, he could've stitched it more seamlessly.
Born in a lower-caste family in Gehlaur, Dashrath Manjhi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) fled home in his teens, only to return seven years later. His family, which now only comprised his father, continued to grapple with poverty and being profiled on the basis of caste (a recently abolished social evil then). Soon, he gets married to Phagunia (Radhika Apte), a girl from the same village, despite her father's disapproval.
Their blooming love story is bluntly interrupted when Phagunia, on her way to deliver her husband's lunch, trips and falls off a mountain which separates the village from Manjhi's place of work (a farm). Devastated by his wife's death, Manjhi picks up his tools and threatens his wife's assassin, the mountain. "Jab tak todenge nahin, tab tak chodenge nahin," he roars. Thus, begins the one-sided attack as he smashes giant rocks that make up the pahaad, one chip at a time. His endeavour lasts for over two decades and is, as one knows, a successful one. But what he endures forms the meat of the film. His perils while trying to accomplish the impossible, range from thrilling (he chops off his toe with a chisel and hammer after being stung by a snake) to dramatic (he sucks on moss growing on the inner wall of a dried well to survive) to forced (he's pushed off a train by the TC for not having a ticket).
A clever scene in the film is when Manjhi attends one of the then PM, Indira Gandhi's speeches. At one point, the stage gives way, and Manjhi shoulders it along with a few others. India's first female PM goes on about how 'yeh haath gareebi ka prateek hain...' exactly when Manjhi's hands are occupied in keeping the speaker and her sycophants afloat.
The time invested on Manjhi's love story is one that will yield returns as it makes his character endearing and relatable and one empathises with his situation and state.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui will have this performance on the top of his resume, going forward. The role offered him a chance to demonstrate his versatility, and apart from his Muttley laugh, he manages well.
Radhika Apte is selectively animated and subdued, based on the mood of the scene. Director-producer Ketan Mehta ticks all the elements of telling an inspiring story. Establishing gruelling conditions and underdog build-up, he ably portrays Manjhi's inimitable drive that propels him to execute his mission. But the sequence of proceedings dilutes the affair and is distracting. It's like a series of scenes and songs just had to be in the film, regardless of where one would squeeze them in.
Cinematographer Rajeev Jain ensures the abominable mountain seems intimidating, yet passive like a gentle giant that crumbles under the might of the film's lead.
A 124-minute film about a man trying to pull down a mountain could be like staring at a construction site while stuck in a traffic jam. But this one weaves in enough entertainment and thrill to be a lot more than that.
Ketan Mehta decided to cast Nawazuddin as he was the first actor to come to his mind after he completed the script. The moment he met the actor, he felt he was the right person for the role.
The film’s team stayed at Bodh Gaya, about one-and-half hour drive from location. Then they had to climb the mountain to shoot.
The team shot at the real location, the mountain through which Dashrath Manjhi actually dug a road and saw it as a character in itself.
The inspiring story of Dashrath Manjhi has been doing industry rounds for a few years. A couple of other filmmakers were planning to make it, before Ketan decided to make it. Reportedly, one of the producers wanted to make it with Manoj Bajpayee some years ago.
Besides promoting the film in various cities across India, the team of Manjhi also felicitated local heroes who had worked hard to achieve something for society
A rough cut of the film was leaked online less than two weeks before the theatrical release.
Before Manjhi, Ketan has made biopics like Rang Rasiya (on artist Raja Ravi Verma), Mangal Pandey - The Rising (on Mangal Pandey) and Sardar (on Sardar Vallabbhai Patel).
Manjhi – The Mountain Man is a biopic based on the true story of Dashrath Manjhi.
The preview copy of Manjhi - The Mountain Man was leaked online on peer-to-peer file sharing platform.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the lead role met Dashrath Manjhi's son to know more about him, his ideologies and thoughts.
In an interview, Nawaz described this as the most challenging role he has played so far
In the 1960s Dashrath Manjhi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) lived in a small village Gehlaur near Gaya, Bihar, India with him family including his wife Phaguniya Devi (Radhika Apte). 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 fell while trying to cross the mountain, 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 on 17 August 2007 at the age of 73, while suffering from gall bladder cancer in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He was given a state funeral by the Government of Bihar. 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.
Spoiler alert ahead--only read this if you have seen the film
Manjhi's wife Phagunia who meets with an accident on the Gehlaur mountains is heavily pregnant at that point. Manjhi rushes her to the hospital where she delivers a baby girl and dies.
Manjhi whose work is recognised by the Government of India after a chance meeting with Indira Gandhi gets a grant of Rs.25 lakhs for breaking the mountain. However one of the zamindar's corrupt henchmen and corrupt Government officials navigate the funds to their account and till the end, Manjhi doesn't get the money.
However the people of Gehlaur join him after two decades and help him in his mission of breaking the mountains and making a road.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Manjhi - The Mountain Man opened to a low response on Friday.
The business picked up slightly in the evening shows. According to a report on Boxofficeindia.com, the film managed to earn around Rs 1.25 crore on its first day.
The first weekend collections of the film is Rs 5.75 crore. The film managed Rs 80 lakh on Monday and though it is a fall of around 30% from day 1, it is still decent for a film like Manjhi which has a film like All is Well as competition.
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui's latest release Manjhi - The Mountain Man, based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi widely known as the Mountain Man, hit the theatres on August 21, 2015. The film has been receiving rave reviews all over.
Here are some responses the film received on Twitter...
The sheer tenacity with which a man in agony goes about his task has been well depicted. Nawazuddin ji is a blessing for indian cinema. Choosing a real plot like this for cinema and making it look touching in most of the scenes in the movie by Ketan Mehta is simply outstanding. Long live with prime health and almighty blessings for the entire team. Hai Hind
This is a fantastic movie. It shows extreme will power of a rustic man who makes a road through mountain with is own labor and at the same time insensitive approach of Govt, towards problems of people. It becomes too much when money to be paid to person for his such hard work also cheated by people in collusion with govt. officials. This movie gives vivid picture how villages in our country are still being run by feudal lords under which poors are being exploited and tortured. , Both the lead actors Nawajuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte have excelled in their acting.