2.5 Good

Manjhi The Mountain Man

I am positively biased with this film. Indeed, entertainment quotient is a bit less but motivational quotient is over flowing. Director Mr. Ketan Mehata work and motive are worth praising. This story must have been told. Story is simply unbelievable, credit goes to Shree Dashrath Manjhi and God only. Screenplay by director himself and Jakhar Mahendar, offers fresh and visual rich scenes. Like the scene, where both lead hide themselves in mud. It was cute and adorable. Love scenes are well conceived so they justify the motive and strength behind an impossible task. I do know its fact but still my mind sometimes refuse to believe on it. I am very tiny to ever understand the motive, decision and dedication of a man at the very beginning of this work and astonishingly keeping himself charging till the work get done. Simply unbelievable but definitely I feel motivated and charged by his journey. Screenplay had to follow fact while maintaining the silver screen requirements and they succeeded in it by incorporating few sub plots of the issues of that time. Like adding a Naxal hint. Dialogues by Vardraj Swami, Shahzad Ahmad are good and realistic. I fear people not aware of the local dialect would feel difficult to get some typical words but being well aware of that I enjoyed it most. Budget constraint is clearly visible in production value. Makers fail to establish the need of cutting the mountain and even they couldn't establish the progress of way being made visually and gradually. With the help of now a days advance technology I don't think it could have cost them so dearly because whenever main protagonist breaks a rock, I couldn't feel the need of braking any particular stone. It looks like he is just breaking a mountain aimlessly. I would have loved some aerial shots and graphics for this sake. Performance wise Nawazuddin Siddqui is actor par excellence. After a point you have to believe that he is the real Dashrath Majhi. Radhika Apte as Faguniya, is very good. Pankaj Tripathi as Rauab, is good. Tigmanshu Dhulia is fine. Prashant Narayan makes his presence felt in brief role. Ashraful Haque as Manjhi father in impressive. Vardraj Swami as Gopal's father is good. Music wise "Sajanwa, sajanwa" track is melodious. Credit goes to music director Sandesh Shandilya.