Manjhi – The Mountain Man.
Well, I am not going to make this into a review cos that is really not what we are good at. But there are a few reasons which can probably make the movie a little bearable. (I will try and keep the director bashing to the minimum on this post 😉 ). Without much of a wait, here you go with the 5 reasons which can make the movie bearable
The story of Dashrath Manjhi is quite an inspiration. It is a story of the strength of love and the will of a man who would carve a path through a hillock with only a hammer and a chisel. The movie portrays that this mammoth effort of his drew strength from the love for his wife and a concern for the fellow villagers to make lives a little simpler for them.
Something you will constantly see in the movie is the pockets of strength in his will. Even though he is constantly pushed to the extremes, he finds strength and keeps at it no matter how tough the ordeal keeps getting. Even when a famine is declared and the whole village leaves, he would find enough reasons to stay back and his love or strength or determination keeps him going towards his goal of creating the path.
The Challenges and Oppression
Through the movie, we will get to see how oppressed he is because of the power circles around him. The power circles who take advantage of him to siphon money off the government to build a road, a power circle which holds him back in the blame of creating a mafia for smuggling stones while his simple goal was just to break the rocks and create a path through the hillock.
Something you will also notice through the movie is the doggedness in the character. It is astounding how he keeps finding strength when everyone pushes him down. Each time he is pushed down or completely destroyed morally, he would just pick up the chisel and start hitting the stones. It is conveyed in a pretty decent manner through the movie and kinda leaves you with a little bit of inspiration and a subtle message that if we keep doing what we are committed for with our heads down, something eventually turns up.
The Simple Values
Although the movie doesn’t particularly preach any morals, it does give an insight into a poor man’s life who struggled with the social evils like untouchability and oppression by the local chiefs. It does make you feel a little agitated and at the same time angry at the treatment meted out to them. All the same, we can observe the fire within which sometimes comes out in spurts within the limitation imposed to him by the society. Even when there was an opportunity to mete out revenge, the character shows his strength in maintaining his composure to offer a level headed thought.
All through the movie, one thing is very clear, Manjhi takes up the task of carving the mountain and he is just at that irrespective of what happens around him. Tonnes of events around him don’t distract him and even the distractions get him closer to his goal.
We can certainly appreciate how the biopics are becoming the themes and that the media is bringing the stories of inspiration to the forefront.
Having said this, if you are looking to watch this movie, the movie demands a lot of your patience and you will need to search for what you life. The cast has done the job brilliantly and I would point all my fingers at movie making which could have been much stronger with such a great resource at hand. The story certainly inspires and pockets of movie making does inspire too. But like we said, you would still have to search for what you will like in the movie.
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