When Dasrath Manjhi began to dig out a path out of a mountain in Gelaur, a remote village in the Gaya district of Bihar in the early 1960s, local people thought of him to have gone deranged. But 22 years later he succeeded in this unimaginable feat.
The herculean task was the result of a grave personal tragedy to Manjhi. In 1959, his wife Phalguni died because of lack of medical care. The hospital was in the town of Wazirganj, 19 km away from Gelaur. Phalguni died on the way to the hospital because a 360 feet long, 30 feet high and 25 feet mountain lay in the way to the town. So, Manjhi decided to carve out the mountain with only a hammer and a chisel and when he was done the town was only 5 km away from Gelaur.
This story might seem fictitious to many but it’s indeed real. Despite local people applauding him as a hero, Manjhi a poor farm laborer belonging to the lowest rung of the caste system got recognition from the government only on his death bed.
Now a movie has taken the task to bring his heroic tale to a larger audience. Manjhi- The Mountain Man based on Dasrath Manjhi’s life is all set to hit the theaters on 21 August of this year and the trailer has already created a storm in social media. The movie will see acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the role of Manjhi while Radhika Apte will be seen as his wife. One more factor that sets out this movie is that it’s being directed by Ketan Mehta, who is best known for his award-winning movie Mirch Masala starring Smita Patil. Mehta’s last movie Rang Rasiya based on the life of Raja Ravi Verma released in 2014.
The movie is releasing after a much delay as it remained unsold months after it was finished. Yet the talented cast and crew keep its prospects high making it one of the most awaited movies of 2015.