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Manjhi: A story of perseverance, love and exploitation

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By Priya Sankalp

Faith can move mountains and love can build bridges. These words were epitomized by a simple man of Mushar community which is notorious for eating mice in the remote parts of Bihar. Dashrath Manjhi was a laborer in the agrarian society of India which was on the verge of getting rid of its landlords and was all set to embrace the extremism of Naxalism which emerged to correct the harsh anomalies of the rural society.

nawazuddin-radhika-manjhi-7When we think about the real life of a dalit man who is struggling in the rough and dry terrains of Gehlaur, Gaya, there is not much romance in it. The melodrama of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the reel life must be entirely missing from the real life of Dashrath Manjhi, who worked hard to meet both ends and suffered the oppressions of nature and men alike. But the love for his wife (who died due to lack of timely medical assistance) and his will to cross the ominous heights of the mountain made Dashrath different from thousands of other men.

Kudos to Ketan Mehta for choosing a subject which might be considered untouchable for the film fraternity. After all, it lacks the bollywood masala and the guarantee of reaching the elite crores club. Nawazzudin Siddiqi is setting a benchmark for the future generations through his acting. Tears look real in his eyes and the game of pillows brings the eroticism of a man.

Radhike Apte’s beauty sizzles throughout the movie. The grandeur of the mountains is well captured and the songs seem relevant. However, the movie could have been shortened in its length.

The mountain man’s story is that of grit and tenacity of a man who despite all the odds, walks to Delhi from Gaya along the railway tracks to meet the Prime minister. The hostile attitude of his fellow men and nature’s fury obstruct him, but he keeps hammering the stones. This takes him 22 years and finally, he carves out a road from the unrelenting mountains. Hearts soar high with Manjhi’s challenge to the gigantic rocks.

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The road excavated by Manjhi

This movie is a must watch despite its minor shortcomings because it does not bloat about the sweetness of saccharine, instead it gives the taste of jaggery mixed with a few grains of sand at a nondescript.

 

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui Plans To Farm In Kasara, Buys A Plot

They plan to start farming by next month

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui Buys A Plot To Farm. Flickr
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Buys A Plot To Farm. Flickr

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will buy a plot in Kasara for farming, says his brother Shamas Siddiqui.

Nawazuddin, who enjoys going to his hometown Budhana in Uttar Pradesh and indulging in farming, also intends to educate farmers about the new techniques available in the field.

Nawazuddin Plans To Start Farming NExt Month With His Brother. Flickr
Nawazuddin Plans To Start Farming Next Month With His Brother. Flickr

“We have been scouting for plots in Kasara. Due to Nawaz bhai’s tight schedule, it has become increasingly difficult for him to travel to Budhana to farm. The plots shortlisted in Kasara are close to the river,” Shamas said in a statement.

“We have been farmers all our lives and it helps us de-stress. We had implemented new irrigation techniques in Budhana which helped the farmers there. We hope to educate the local farmers here on the advancements in agricultural technology and techniques,” he added.

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They plan to start farming by next month. (IANS)

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