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|MOVIECast -Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Radhika Apte, Gaurav Dwivedi|
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, despite his mutable accent and the meandering storyline he is saddled with, invests the pivotal character - a poor, oppressed but rebellious landless labourer of Gehlore village, Gaya district - with empathy, vulnerability and heroic dignity.
This approach, which liberally draws upon the Bollywood narrative idiom in structuring a tale rooted in harsh reality, might make Manjhi - The Mountain Man more accessible to a wider audience.
Manjhi - The Mountain Man does have several moments that make for compelling viewing.
However, the films emphasis on stock conventions (obtrusive background score, overwrought melodrama, dream sequences, et al) undermines the sheer force inherent in the rousing saga of a man who brought down a mountain to build a road through it.
The lead actor could not have achieved this without the screenplay serving as an ally at crucial points in the narrative. So it would not be in order to dismiss the films structure as entirely ineffectual.
Director -Ketan Mehta
His face-off with the hill starts off as what he describes as a dangal (wrestling bout). But as the years roll by and the man ages, the mountain turns into his constant companion. His anger subsides even as his tenacity grows.
It goes back and forth in time to dramatise the many obstacles that the dogged protagonist encountered while chipping away like a man possessed over a period of 22 years at a rocky hillock with only a hammer and chisel.
He also alludes to his love-hate relationship with the mountain that stands between him and his mission to shorten the distance from his village to the nearest town, Wazirganj.
Dashrath announces on more than one occasion that he is at it for the love of his deceased wife. A miniature Taj Mahal that he gifts his life partner is an all too obvious metaphor.
But the film, in the end, isnt half as amazing as Dashrath Manjhis life was.
The daunting challenges only serve to make his resolve to get the mountain out of his way all the more unshakeable.
Bihars violent caste dynamics are frequently touched upon, but these arent allowed to become the crux of the narrative.
The gravity and magnitude of rampant caste exploitation is lost amidst the heightened euphoria and passion of the love story of Dashrath and his "child bride", the now grown-up Phaguniya (Radhika Apte).
In an early scene, the village headman, Thakur Nirbhay Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia), has horseshoes nailed to the heels of a low-caste man who appears before him in a pair of shoes.
In another sequence, Dashrath, on his return to his village in 1956 after a seven-year stint in Dhanbads coal mines, is assaulted by the mukhiyas men.
His offence: he hugs the headman and his principal lackey (Pankaj Tripathi) in the belief that the recently passed Untouchability Offences Act has automatically granted him equality.
Last week saw the release of a film about a similar back-to-the-wall fight by a single man against a rotten administrative and social system - Gour Hari Dastaan. It was too tame to be able to drive home its point with the requisite verve.
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