Review : Manjhi-The Mountain Man (Nawazuddin Siddiqui ,Radhika Apte)
Release date : Aug 21st, 2015
bollywood3.com Rating : 3.5/5
Director : Ketan Mehta
Producer : Deepa Sahi
Starring : Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte
With not much promotions backing the film, Manjhi -The Mountain Man has been in the news for its sheer content. The movie directed by debutante Ketan Mehta stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte. The critically-acclaimed film has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
‘Manjhi’ is inspired by a true story of Dashrath Manjhi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who carved a path through a mountain in Gehlaur, Bihar using only a hammer and chisel for 22 years.
Coming to the plot, an young Dashrath, who is growing up in a poverty stricken village, is forced into a child marriage. Not agreeing with this, Dashrath flees from his village only to return 7 years later from Dhanbad, where he sought work in the coal mines. Instantly after his return, Dashrath falls in love with Phaguniya (Radhika Apte) in the market and later learns that she is the same girl he married as a child.
As a revenge for taking away his beloved wife’s life, Dashrath decides to break the mountain and make a path through it so that no more people suffer like him. Thus, over 22 years of back breaking work, Dashrath succeeds carving a 360 feet long, 30 feet wide path through the mountain.
The makers come up with a unique concept with a different approach. The entire film possess situations which will keep the viewers entertained and on the edge of their seats.The best part about the film is Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The actor is apt in his role, with an amazing body language, dialogue delivery and emotional outburst.
The first scene of the film itself is a winner where we see a Nawazuddin screaming at the mountain wearing clothes that are drenched in blood. The concept being this unique, the movie was in news since its trailer was out. Radhika Apte is aptly cast as Manjhi’s wife. Even though her screen-time is not much, her chemistry with Nawaz is adorable. Dialogues with satirical values are well-written.
The only portions where the script lags is the fact that the makers fail to show any focus on Manjhi’s kids, any interactions between him and his kids or for that matter anything from their perspective. Sequences such as the dream of Phaguniya and their conversation could have been avoided for getting his kids in focus. The film lags in the first half but the second half picks up well.
A biopic is always a difficult task but somehow Ketan Mehta manages to keep it quite perfect. It seems Ketan have mastered in the art of directing biopic, be it with Mangal Pandey : The Rising and Manjhi : The Moutain Man, he nailed it completely.
The camera work is excellent and scenes such as a thirsty Manjhi looking badly for water and food or the hair raising scene where he chops off his own finger after being bitten by a snake are deftly handled. The background score too is powerful enough.
While the first half has some interesting and engaging sequences, the second half has some sequences that are too dramatic to be true. The run-time is just fine. The cinematography is amazing and so is the editing of the film.
On the whole, ‘Manjhi -The Mountain Man’ is a true story that has been portrayed on celluloid with such brilliance that you would not want to miss it. This one is purely for those who love serious, meaningful cinema like the kinds of Masaan, and the ones who adore a gifted talent called Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Watch it for Nawaz’s outstanding performance and to truly acknowledge and learn about the true legend Dashrath Manjhi.
bollywood3.com Rating : 3.5/5