Manjhi- The Mountain Man


          The real Dashrath Manjhi

Yesterday, I had gone to watch a movie ” Manjhi- The Mountain Man”. This movie is inspired by the true story of a poor labourer named Dashrath Manjhi who lived in the state of Bihar, India. The tale revolves around Dashrath who lived in a small village named Gehlaur with his family that included his father and his wife Phanguniya. He loved his wife insanely and did everything to keep her happy. It seemed as if, the only motive of Dashrath’s life was to guard his wife’s happiness. He was very possessive of her and his small world revolved only around her. The village where he resided was very far from his workplace and also from the vital medical facility like a hospital or a clinic. All the villagers had to climb the huge rocky mountain for their work or even to avail the medical facility.

Once the Dashrath’s pregnant wife  was climbing the mountain to feed her husband, who was working in the field located beyond the huge mountain during the lunch time, slipped  and fell off the mountain. Dashrath, anyhow took his wife to the hospital, travelling through the rocky mountain, but he got late and he lost his beloved wife.  This incident enraged Dashrath and he decided to carve a road through the mountain so that no one else lost their loved ones to the dangerous rocky mountain. With his hammer and chisel, he started with his mission of making a road all alone. Initially, people had laughed at him, called him a maniac, kids threw stones at him and teased him, but nothing stopped him. His deep and mad love for his wife was the only thing that kept him motivated  to complete his mission. Years passed by, difficulties grew, but Dashrath never stopped. After 22 years, he finally succeeded and formed a path 360 feet long, 25 feet deep in places and 30 feet wide. After this, he was popularly called as The Mountain Man.

Dashrath Manjhi was suffering from  gall bladder cancer and eventually died on 17th August 2007.  A state funeral was organised for him by The Government of Bihar. In 2011, after four years of his death, the Government built a metalled road in Gehlaur and named it after him, Dashrath- The Mountain Man Road.

The actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui did justice to his  role of Dashrath Manjhi. His acting actually made me feel, what Dashrath might have been through, while on his mission of carving the road in the memory of his beloved wife. I truly suggest you all to watch this amazing movie, which inspires us about the true love and how to never lose a hope and continue with our goal without bothering what the world has to say!.

Watch the trailer of the movie here:


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