Manjhi The Mountain Man - External Reviews

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Leaves you worried from within. Worried for the country, worried for humanity. Yes, that means it is a film you must watch at least once, even if you don't rush to the theater.

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26 reviewers have given Manjhi The Mountain Man an average rating of 2.9/5.0 (?)

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Thumbs down Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Apte is put through here. At one point, there’s a peacock feather caressing her bare back. A strong central performance might have glued the film’s various bits together, but Nawazuddin Siddiqui gives a very busy account of Manjhi. He plays this protagonist the way he played the colourful villain in Kick – every scene says look at me, look at me. As a contrast, think of Manoj Bajpai in Gangs of Wasseypur – that was a showy part as well, but the actor also made us sense the dignity in the individual. Siddiqui is content being the clown in a carnival. It’s entertaining, sure – but it’s another thing that makes a molehill of a film that wants to be a mountain.... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, 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.... full review

Thumbs up by Tania Rana, BookmyShow ...Watch Manjhi- The Mountain Man to see the resolve of a man, and more importantly to enjoy the cinematic representation of Dashrath Manjhi, the man who had the willpower and the guts to carry out his promise, despite ridicule from society. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Nawazuddin Siddiqui is worth watching, and perhaps he is at a stage of his career now, when people might go to see him. The film, in spite of its inspiring character remains mostly flat and uninvolving.... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Daily Bhaskar ...Manjhi’s story brings to light an amazing and shocking reflection of Indian society and politics. A man spent 22 years trying to dig through a mountain for a basic civic convenience. The government and the authorities did absolutely naught to aid his efforts. Yes, 30 years ago the media and the public weren’t as vocal as today, but things in the interiors of our country still need to be ironed out, just Manjhi’s saga. And yet, such a pertinent and relevant subject is doled out in an unconvincing manner. The Mountain man and his legend deserved a lot more. ... full review

Thumbs up by Yatharth Chauhan, Desi Martini ...wo pillars out of four for this film is Nawazuddin Siddique!... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...A good story, with some good lines from time to time, but a poor overall narrative.... full review

So-So by Bryan Durham, DNA ...Not quite 'Shandaar, Zabardast, Zindabad' as one would expect it to be. It makes you proud that such Indian lived among us and makes a compelling case against Indian politicians and the bureaucracy. But beyond that, it's simply a love story - a man tearing through a mountain to keep the memory of his wife alive.... full review

So-So by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...omewhere along the way, when no one was looking, Mehta appears to have decided that he's going to make films that ignore subtlety, dismiss nuance and are all about broad strokes. Net result: a film that is so comprehensively artificial that you'll forget Dashrath Manjhi was a real man and that his is a true story.... full review

Thumbs up by Megha, Free Press Journal ...This is definitely a far superior and exciting work than any we’ve seen in a long while. Like Manji says this one is definitely ‘Shaandaar, Zabardast, Zindabad!’... full review

So-So by Josh, fullhyd.com ...You would wish Ketan Mehta approached his writing and direction differently. Because here's a man who has access to the who's who in Bollywood and yet chooses to make movies on Mangal Pandey, Raja Ravi Verma, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Like his latest subject, he, too, refuses to conform, and he, too, wants to do his thing. He clearly wants to tell some great stories. You only wish he could tell them well, too.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...On the other hand, love for your craft, too can move acting to a surreal level. Kudos to Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is the life of this film and Radhika Apte. Without these two, I am sure this Mountain Man movie would have crumbled like a pack of cards. ... full review

So-So Hindustan Times ...Radhika Apte is lovely as Manjhi’s wife but their relationship is dripping with sentimentality — when Manjhi hits his lowest point, his wife appears as a vision to inspire him to keep striving. Ketan aspires to find poetry in Manjhi’s grand passion. He doesn’t always succeed. But this story is so compelling that it will inspire you to face your own mountains.... full review

So-So by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today ...In all, Manjhi The Mountain Man deserves a watch to realise what a single 'lunatic' can be capable of when push comes to shove. And Nawazuddin's spellbinding acting. And, of course, if you're wondering if watching Manjhi would be difficult, here's quoting Dashrath from the film, "Pahar todne se mushkil hai kya (Is it tougher than breaking a mountain)?"... full review

So-So by Suhani Singh, india today ...Apte gets to be the muse to Manjhi's destructive instinct and she is charming in a film which ultimately has limited offerings given her talents. Pankaj Tripathi and Tigmanshu Dhulia are the caricature villains whose role here is to be evil incarnate whenever the director wants some more injustice to evoke empathy. Deepa Mehta gets to don a prosthetic nose and become Indira Gandhi, and Prashant Narayanan is a dejected husband turned vengeful dacoit. Their contribution to the story is essentially meaningless.... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...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. Watch it for Nawaz’s outstanding performance and to truly acknowledge and learn about the true legend Dashrath Manjhi. For this inspirational drama ... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Manjhi is rousing, simplistic cinema, just about saved by a fantastic lead turn. It’ll do if all you want is a folk tale, but I wish the film had chipped away at Manjhi the way he chipped away at that mountain.... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Nawazuddin is brilliant as Manjhi. The film is carried solely on his frail but extremely capable shoulders. He goes from being a romantic lover boy to a half crazed middle aged man on a mission, with an admirable precision. At some points, Radhika Apte seems like she doesn't belong to the set up, but overall gives a decent performance.... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...All said and done, '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.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Well, the masala film loving audience might shy away from this film, but as for others if you like realistic, motivational and good cinema then this movie is a must watch for you. The movie is as solid as a rock with various layers of emotion, creativity and fine performance attached to it.... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Manjhi - The Mountain Man pays a price for exactly the opposite - it errs on the side of excess. Its makers go overboard with the sturdy but rather stolid pieces available to them. ... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Still Manjhi is watchable purely because of this actor’s grasp of a willful, persevering personality recognised by his passion not poverty. It’s a distinction Nawaz duly delivers, if not the film. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Despite the flaws, the film is watchable for Nawazuddin's exceptional performance and the highly inspiring story!... full review

Thumbs up by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...Love is the driving force of Manjhi’s life but Mehta doesn’t romanticise the idea beyond a point. Yes, he captures the mad conviction of a man who wants to take on Nature and gradually develops an envious bond with it. At times he teases the mountain, at times he threatens it but over a period of time Manjhi discovers that life beyond the mountain is as unequal as in his village. That the mountain is just a dummy obstacle like many others that the system nurtures to disorient the common man. Despite attempts to tone it down, Radhika comes across as refined in mofussil surroundings. No such issues with Nawaz who ensures that ennui doesn’t set in even when the film acquires the tone of a docu-drama.... full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...His portrayal of Manjhi is another feather in Nawaz's cap. The graph he brings to his screen character-- from a carefree lover to a burdened soul-- is the stuff that separates actors from many cardboard cutouts, loosely referred to as stars. Sultry Radhika shines throughout. Why this film that had so much potential doesn't deserve superlatives is because of the inconsistency in the story-telling. While some scenes leave you scarred and teary-eyed, others don't even scratch the surface... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, ZEENEWS.COM ...Overall, it is a treat to watch ‘Manjhi - The Mountain Man’. It is a great film. You empathise with him, but unfortunately you don't get emotionally involved. Probably the roots are too rural or there is something missing.... full review