Manjhi – The Mountain Man | Movie Review 21 Aug 2015   462


Star Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte
Direction: Ketan Mehta
Genre: Biopic
Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India (TOI):

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)
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Manjhi – The Mountain Man, a true story backed by a powerful script, (written by Ketan Mehta, Mahendra Jhakar and Anjum Rajaballi) which touches upon relevant issues like corruption, casteism, the desperate plight of the ‘untouchables’, and also the terrible
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Hindustan Times (HT):

If you have the will, you can move mountains. Bihar’s Dashrath Manjhi proved this adage when he did the unthinkable and actually carved a path through a mountain with just a hammer and a chisel after toiling away for 22 years.
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Bollywood Hungama:

Amongst all the popular genres in Bollywood, the one genre which is fast gaining popularity is that of biopics. The recent times have seen the silver screen mirroring the biopics of many distinguished and iconic personalities.
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NDTV Movies:

Director and co-screenwriter Ketan Mehta brings the stranger-than-fiction true story of mountain man Dashrath Manjhi to the big screen with the aid of dollops of drama.
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The Indian Express:

A man trying to cut through a mountain with a hammer and chisel is akin to a man trying to walk on water. Dashrath Manjhi, native of a tiny village near Gaya, manages this unbelievably stupendous task he sets out for himself, and in so doing proves that old adage: where there is a will, there is always a way.
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India Today:

The best part about making a biopic is that the story – an extended version, at least – is already out there. The way it is adapted for a 2-hour long Bollywood film is where the real struggle lies.
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Manjhi The Mountain Man carries much promise but it is flimsily executed, feels Sukanya Verma. There’s a wondrous quality to grand gestures, hyperboles holding true and against-all-odds triumph.
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Only one thing comes to mind after watching Ketan Mehta’s biopic on the late Dashrath Manjhi, the man from Bihar who turned a mountain into a molehill- a lesser actor would have crumbled under the weight of this character.
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