First of all, ‘Manjhi The Mountain Man’ movie is based on the true story of Dashrath Manjhi, who is also known as the ‘The Mountain Man’.
Manjhi was born in 1934 and died in 2007. He was a poor labourer in Gehlaur village, near Gaya in Bihar.
The stupendous achievement of the man, which earned him fame, was that he carved a path through a 360-foot-long, 30-foot-wide and 25-foot-high hillock using only a hammer and chisel.
It took him 22 years to shorten the travel time between Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya town from 55 kilometers to 15 kilometers.
The movie revolves around this remote village of Gehlaur which is cut off from the rest of the world by a mountain range, and the love story of Manjhi, which is essayed by actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Phalguniya, a role played by actress Radhika Apte.
Manjhi is in love with his wife-to-be, but has to move away from the village for seven years to work in a coal mine in a town nearby. On returning, he finds out that his father-in-law-to-be wants his daughter to get married to a rich guy. Manjhi then decides to elope and marry Phalguniya.
One fateful day, when a pregnant Phalguniya is carrying food for Manjhi on a mountain, she slips and falls to her death, but the yet-to-be-born child survives.
That’s when Manjhi vents his anger at the mountain and while doing so he decides to carve a path through the mountain so that nobody else faces the same tragedy he did.
The movie also touches upon the Zamindari system prevalent between the 1960’s and 1980’s in India and the corruption involved.
Manjhi The Mountain Man releases on Friday, August 21, 2015.