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Movie Review: Manjhi-The Mountain Man (2015)

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manjhi-mountain-manThe story starts off with a ‘conversation’ between Dashrath Maanjhi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and a humongous mountain, in which he cries his heart out before the mountain with all the aggression. The ‘heat’ of his conversation is so much that it (quite literally) sparks off a fire! The story then gets into a flashback mode wherein it shows all the events that lead him to the present day situation. The flashback shows Dashrath, who hails from a totally backward class, getting married to Phaguniya (Radhika Apte) during childhood itself. Because of his father’s inability to pay the debts, he plans to leave Dashrath with the village’s merciless Mukhiya (Tigmanshu Dhulia) as his domestic help. But the self-respecting Dashrath bites off his father’s hand and runs away from the village itself… only to return after a gap of seven long years. While he sees that things haven’t changed much in the village in terms of progress, his love life blooms the very moment he sets his eyes on Phaguniya. His joy knows no end when he discovers that Phaguniya is no one else but the same girl whom he got married to in his childhood. After all the drama that takes place because of his unemployment, Dashrath and Phaguniya run away from the ‘clutches’ of their parents, only to live a peaceful life forever. Dashrath loves her so much that his life becomes impossible without her. After the delivery of their first child, Phaguniya conceives for the second time. The dutiful wife that she is, she climbs the hilly mountains to bring lunch for Dashrath, who works incessantly in order to give his family a happy life. One day, pregnant Phaguniya, while climbing the hills, slips from there and passes away after delivering her second child. Unable to bear the grief of the sudden death of her wife, Dashrath feels that the hilly ‘egoistic’ mountains are the killers. In order to teach these mountains a lesson that they will never forget, he starts cutting them with an axe … all single handedly, totally devoid of the people’s reactions and perceptions towards him. Does he succeed in taking his wife’s death’s revenge from the mountains, does he have a change of heart, and does the government or anyone else help in his ‘uphill task’ endeavour is what forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

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Positive Reviews
3.5 “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. “
Koimoi
3.5 “Overall, it is a treat to watch Manjhi – The Mountain Man. It is a great film.”
Filmibeat
3.0 “Kudos also to Ketan Mehta for bringing alive on screen the life of Dashrath Manjhi. His story needs to be told throughout the world.”
Glamsham
3.0 “The emotion in Nawaz’s quivering voice as he challenges nature sends a chill down your spine.”
Times Of India
3.0 “Manjhi-The Mountain Man’ is a good film that remains a few notches away from becoming brilliant. “
India TV News
3.0 “Manjhi-The Mountain Man’ is worth a watch for those who don’t expect their heroes to have six-pack abs and send goons flying with a lazy punch.”
Movietalkies
3.0 “Manjhi’s story brings to light an amazing and shocking reflection of Indian society and politics. “
Filmfare
3.0 “Nawaz moves mountains, the film does not. “
Deccanchronicle
3.0 “Manjhi – The Mountain Man a markedly more convincing biopic.”
NDTV Movies
1.5 “Watch it for Nawazuddin’s performance, but more importantly, Dashrath Manjhi’s awe inspiring self belief.”
Mid-Day
Average Reviews
2.5 “Manjhi might not be a great film, it is a great story. It is a story that deserves to be seen; to be known by people all across. .”
Nowrunning
2.5 “MANJHI – THE MOUNTAIN MAN is a good film but will appeal mainly to Nawazuddin’s fans. However, the film has potential to grow with word of mouth.”
Bollywood Hungama
2.5 “Nawazuddin as The Mountain Man shoulders the film.”
Indiatoday
Negative Reviews
0.5 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui is consistently watchable”
Indianexpress

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