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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.Read more
The heart skips a beat as soon as you realise that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the lead and almost only actor in a film! It is a must watch immediately just for his performance, right? Then you have this intriguing story of a man who has decided to break a mountain for love. Some scenes do remind you of 127 Hours.
Of course, you have Radhika Apte's totally believable sensuousness to lure you too. Just like it seems to lure the protagonist. I am all set to be mesmerized 100% of my time with Manjhi. No music, even better!
- meeta, a part of the audience
At its core, Manjhi is a romantic film. Surprisingly enough it is the typical kind of romantic film too – guy woos, puppy-eyed love happens, family opposes, couple overcomes. Yet, there is nothing typical about the way it plays out. As the political undertone gets heavier, the gut wrenches. At moments like these you thank goodness for the drama, but as usual it jolts you away from the film's reality.
When an element like slow motion or voice-over is used to add a tinge of drama in a film of this nature, the film reminds you that it is a film. But when the film is inspired from a real life situation, the relief is only temporary. Because it is only a moment before you realise that reality must be worse than what is making you cringe right now.
Sample this. 51 years. Not five decades, over five decades – that is how much time it took bureaucrats and politicians to do what they were supposed to do. Just 13 years after independence, the fight for the nation's freedom had already lost its meaning with the system taking charge in the form of corruption and nepotism. The affluent tortured the poor, just to maintain an air of power. The inhumanity has only gotten worse and there's little hope for improvement.
This is what I left the movie with.
However, the movie tells this story using Dashrath Manjhi's love for his wife. You could call him obstinate/stubborn or you could call him persistent/passionate, but the story is pretty much unbelievable. Had it not been a known true story, you'd say, “this happens only in films.”
Of course, made believable as much by its telling as by Nawazuddin Siddiqui's performance. You are so taken by Manjhi's hardwork and resolve that you completely forget – at least while watching the film – that the role must have called for a remarkable amount of the same qualities from the actor as well. What more can you say about an actor who does that to you for a couple of hours of screen time?
Radhika Apte is as sensuous as ever. She adds unexpected spunk to her character because we are so used to seeing lower caste women being demure and submissive. Tigmanshu Dhulia and Pankaj Tripathi are believable but it has become difficult to imagine them as anything other than evil incarnate.
The visuals are spectacular. Yet, the grim subject might not be your idea of entertainment. Nevertheless, you ought to see it, even if once. Maybe watching it in the cosiness of your home will add more perspective.
Manjhi is one of those films that are depressing and yet are meant to give hope. Like Dashrath say, if he can try to break a mountain, then why can't you take a crack at that mountainous problem in your life?
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
_Obsesssed: Manjhi The Mountain Man is a must watch movie!! One such movie in a looong time
vkj73: Manjhi - The Mountain Man is a Very Inspirational Film: Urvashi http://twitter.com/vkj73/status/635044288708128769/photo/1
vivek0728: One of the most inspiring movie. #Great #Fantastic #Alive #Manjhi @Nawazuddin_S Awesome acting as always. #MustWatch
vitthalsharma4: Just watched mountain man-manjhi. Great work by nawazuddin siddiqui one of the great film of the decade.nawaz has proved once again himself
VikalpMehta: Watched today #manjhi must watch movie :-)
vidhi_vids: Expecting big from Manjhi.Not BO Figure crap.The story.It has innocence of a man in Love,that wants to punish the root of his love's death.
vibhuti_96: watched manjhi today.....one of the best movie of bollywood.....extraordinary work done by @Nawazuddin_S ......big fan of u sir..
vasawatkar: Just saw Manjhi must say what performances. @Nawazuddin_S @radhika_apte #Determination of a single man. #Shaandar-Zabardast-Zindabad
ustadashu_mehta: Maanjhi should go for Oscar
tkmaliren: Awesome movie - "Manjhi - The Mountain Man" #ManjhiTheMountainMan
The_VicTri: This man @Nawazuddin_S shows what is called true work. A worthy show,awesome work. Hats off A great tribute to Lt. Dasharath Manjhi.
syedfaizanmba: manjhi is a good movie to watch....emotionqal...inspirational...
sumitverma15: Radhika apte and Nawajuddin SIdiqqui were brilliant , deserve national award for #manjhi
SubhashKumarBin: Manjhi the mountain man is the best movies.... http://twitter.com/SubhashKumarBin/status/635051517674831873/photo/1
SRKkaBigfan: Manjhi The Mountain Man cinema at it best.epic performance from nawazuddin.
Sikandar1606: Watched #Maanjhi #movie #awesome
sid_24uk: Manjhi is awesome movie
Shivam_Mandal: Good to see @Nawazuddin_S as Dashrath Manjhi in @ManjhiTheFilm. His acting is mind blowing. Deserves National Award.
shh_Rajesh: Jab Tak Todenge Nahi Tab Tak Chorrenge Nahi... Manjhi-The Mountain Man A must watch movie.
Sharma023Arpit: Watched #Manjhi the Mountain Man_Suberb struggle and adorable.
shadesofmind: #Manjhi - Shandaar! Zabardast! Zindabad!❤
saumitraooooo: Please watch #manjhi in cinemas near you @Nawazuddin_S
SatheAvinash: #ManjhiTheMountainMan is India’s answer to Superman. Except, he is real: Ketan Mehta #manjhi @Nawazuddin_S
saquib16khan: toady i am in manjhi very nice movie http://twitter.com/saquib16khan/status/635046571336294400/photo/1
SanobarShaikh5: Congratulations #Manjhi
sanketbhatt87: Shandar...jabardast...zindabad...!! Salute to the real superhero Dashrath Manjhi. motivational.. #ManjhiTheMountainMan #NawazuddinSiddiqui
sanjayghai: Manjhi is a surprise hit. Strong word of mouth. A winner.
saammybwoy: Manjhi- The Mountain Man Great movie. Inspirational "Shandar Jabarjast Zindabad"
realgyana: Watched today #manjhi must watch movie
RanjeetRj150292: Manjhi ne to dil khus kr diye..baitarin
RakshitShah2: What a movie! Beautifully portrayed .Nawazuddin's Acting as Manjhi _/\_ no one can replace him Shandar Zabardast zindabad
rajnivscidjokez: Manjhi- The Mountain Man.. Awesome Movie <3 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1279500612106304
RahulMishra1290: Watched Manjhi , @Nawazuddin_S tremendously awesome character played by you sir....
Rachana_NA: #Manjhi the mountain man #MustWatch
raazeve7: Best Movie of my life (up to date) "MANJHI-the mountain man" Saandaar, Jabaarjast, Jindaabaad!! http://twitter.com/raazeve7/status/635093138168659968/photo/1
PrabhaKylas: Manjhi the Mountain Man, an unbelievable #movie, an awe inspiring life @Nawazuddin_S
Polite_bunny: #Manjhi is the best movie I've ever watched
pallavipatil490: Manjhi--#shandaarZabardastZindabad!!!!! Nawazuddin killed it :)
niteshrajput125: #Manjhi Inspiring story of a common man...
neharai070: So #nawazuddinsiddique has nailed it once again #MANJHI. #inspirational #mindblowing #outstanding #nationalaward winning acting #hatsoff
NeeruSubash: Manjhi is really a praiseworthy movie.
najroolh: Manjhi the mountain man bahut achhi muvie hai usse ek inspiration milta hai agar inssan chahe to kya nahi kar sakta hai pahar ko kaat kar
munnabhaiz: Manjhi was an inspiring story told in an incoherent way. Nawaz shined in a weak screenplay. Zabardast shaandar Zindabad 2 manjhi
MohitRastogi86: Dasrath Manjhi @Nawazuddin_S only you can do justice with the role. Awesome movie fab acting at class. Love the way u portrait towards wife.
MantuMal: You have done great job in manjhi..hats off 2 u ..
mahajandjay: शानदार,जबरदस्त, जिन्दाबाद..#Manjhi the mountain Man
MadhurJ76836009: Must watch.... #manjhi @Nawazuddin_S @NawazuddinFanCl #themountainman
maddyster: नफ़रत करने वालो..प्यार की ताक़त देख ले। Manjhi-The Mountain Man शानदार ..ज़बरदस्त..ज़िंदाबाद।। Salute to Legend-Dasrath Manjhi
LuckyAngelAish: Watched #Manjhi today !!! Super Fantastic n Inspiring. Such Talent @Nawazuddin_S #RadhikaApte Hats Off
LoyalSalmanFan: #Manjhi , a "must watch" film Don't miss it I'm sure You'll love the act of @Nawazuddin_S & @radhika_apte the story as well @manjhithefilm
Liefstyle: शानदार, जबरदस्त, जिंदाबाद, Ultimate Movie, Ultimate Acting by @Nawazuddin_S #ManjhiTheMountainMan And what a great love by Dashrath #manjhi
lesnar728: Manjhi =true inspiration @Nawazuddin_S
lalitsain13: manjhi very nice movie
lagerahoneeta: Hhha saw Manjhi..wow what a movie... Beautifully made..mud scence and the falling scence are brilliantly picturised..
kuber_dwivedi: I have nver seen d movie like dis ( Manjhi) ,it is superb, will be become oscar winner movie, acting of u sir mind blowing @Nawazuddin_S
kpphase2: Time to say goodbye to stories of Laila-Majnu,Heer-Ranjha. Embrace Dashrath Manjhi life story.more love.more determination.more inspiration.
jennisaggarwal: Shandar Zabardast Zindabad Movie #Manjhi. Superb acting by @Nawazuddin_S. #Inspirational #Movie
jeewann: What is the biggest symbol of Love in India???......Is that Tajmahal ??.....Wait a minute...Watch MANJHI...ur answer may change.
iM_Imtiyazz: "@ManjhiTheFilm .....Safar shuru hai..shaandar..jabardast....to fir zindabaad...manjhi.... http://twitter.com/pawandhankhar7/status/634734474811478016/photo/1"
imrayad: Today i watched manjhi the mountainman. Movie. Very nice movie. @FakeGhostPirate @ForceIndiaF1
iamvforvivek: What a movie..the real lyf hero Sir Dasharath Manjhi n reel lyf hero Mr. @Nawazuddin_S hats off u both Sir #ManjhiTheMountainMan
iamSRKp: Done with #Manjhi. What a film..Superb performances by lead cast. @Nawazuddin_S is class apart..his best till date.
HighonFilmz: Ketan Mehta’s Manjhi The mountain man is an ordinary film about an extraordinary man. One that needs to be seen... http://www.highonfilms.com/manjhi-the-mountain-man-2015/
girishmallya: Watched #Manjhi, should be compulsory viewing for every bschool kid, wrt single minded focus and dogged determination. Fab cinema this.
gazim_khan: Woh... supub work by @Nawazuddin_S n sr in movie @manjhi
gautam_rudra: Only Nawazuddin Siddiqui could have performed Dashrath Manjhi. Awesome actor-awesome performance.
dshulsure: #manjhi the mountain man grt movie salute to DASHRATH MANJHI good movie @radhika_apte @Nawazuddin_S truly inspired loved d movie very much
drkhalil1886: Manjhi... D mountain man...a immensely watchable movie.. Radhika apte is d new discovery of d movie.. But I gauss it cud have been beter
dhanesh_dadheec: Watch siddiq Manjhi he act as a mountain man very good acting
dewalrohit: As he says, very true... ''Shandaar... Zabardastt... Zindabad....!! Manjhi
DevGoswain: Watched Manjhi: The Mountain Man (2015) ... Hats off to Nawazuddin Siddiqui for his Phenomenal acting performance (y) (y) (y)
dennisds: Shandaar Zabardast Zindabad !! Not just entertainment with superb act from Nawazuddin and Radhika its a good motivational package. #Manjhi
deepak25jaiswal: #salute dashrath manjhi
ddash18: Just watched #manjhi , this movie made me almost cry. A true inspirational movie.. #respect _/\_
Danishkhatri866: Superb acting nawazuddin siddiquei to salute fr manjhi #ManjhiTheMountainMan
Dabangg_Salman_: DEKHNA HAI TO #MANJHI dekho
d7bb05705c494e6: #Manjhi great.....
chopda_priyanka: I like so much ur movie manjhi..
CeoEadi: Saandar , Jabardast , Jindabaad!!!!!!!! @Manjhi
btowndhamaka: Manjhi - The Mountain Man is a Very Inspirational Film: Urvashi #BTownUpdates
BollywoodBiz: Manjhi- " SHAANDAAR, ZABARDAST, ZINDABAD ". One more national award in form of Nawaaz for bollywood. May be the film entry for OSCAR.
BollyIndiaTv: 'Manjhi...' a very inspirational film: Urvashi Rautela #UrvashiRautela...
BhavukBhartiya: #Nawaz's Best Performance F Life. Manjhi.The.Mountain.Man U All Should See. N Get Inspired. Singh Is Bliing
BeSameerKapoor: Go and Watch #Manjhi !! #ManjhiTheMountainMan
beingPREM19: Watched Manjhi The Mountain Man it just simply #Shaandaar #Zabardast #Zindabaad.. @Nawazuddin_S is the only choice for this role..
Bawraa_Mann: The Man who Moved the Mountain :- Dashrath Manjhi #Inspiration #MustWatch #TrueStory
avinashsinha36: ultimate acting in MANJHI
AvdheshEarth: Must Watch Manjhi - The Mountain Man Movie by @Nawazuddin_S as Dashrath Manjhi .
arvind_2710: "Jab tak todeegein nahi,Tab tak chodegein nhi".Manji- The Mountain man. What a inspirational and awesome movie. Must watch!!!
arjun0545: Manjhi- the mountain man a great movie
Anusrri: हम भगवान पर भरोसा करते हैं ,कया पता भगवान हम पर भरोसा कर रहा हो। Manjhi..intense movie with a powerful msg. Nawazudin...superb performance!
ankush_ks: T 1173 - shandar.. jabardast.. jindabad.. @Nawazuddin_S U rocks as Dashrath manjhi & @radhika_apte U as phagunia.. superb..:)
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AmeerAhmed68: Manjhi is best movie.
amandevmanjhi: Dasrath Manjhi i'm salute your Love.
alokbharti100: Superb movie Manjhi the mountain man
AkshayKrJha: 'Manjhi'...Fantabulas Movie...Love you Nawazuddin...You proved it again that you are the best...Salute to entire team...
afzalsheikh100: Manjhi a superb movie
ActorAliReza: Just watched Manjhi . Great movie. Nawazuddin is just shandar zabardast zindabad in the film
abhishekg4feb: manjhi nice movie :)
8ee66694d5ba4af: #Manjhi is the best movi and best acting navajutdsin siddhiki
ZiaoulH: Manjhi the mountain man#i think story was good bt movie needs some more emotions.....
BarodaRocksz: Predicted story but Amazing acting by Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Radhika Apte, 3/5 Stars http://www.barodarocks.com/manjhi-the-mountain-man-movie-review/
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