Friday, July 17, 2015

Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s MANJHI - THE MOUNTAIN MAN Draws Rave Reviews!

It seems destiny is in all smiles for Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bollywood’s most versatile contemporary actor. On one hand he has Salman Khan starrer BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN releasing on Eid festival; on the hand the trailer of his forthcoming film MANJHI – THE MOUNTAIN MAN has won rave reviews. 

Directed by acknowledged art house filmmaker Ketan Mehta, MANJHI - THE MOUNTAIN MAN is a biopic on the life of ‘determined’ landless farmer from India, Dasrath Manjhi, who ‘single-handedly’ carved a path through a mountain in Gehlour Hills, Gaya district, Bihar, using just chisel, hammer and shovel!!! 

Sounds impossible, isn’t it? But when the illustrious newspaper Tehelka, in 2007, broke the story to the world, readers were shocked.

Dasrath Manjhi in his interview to the newspaper said, “My wife, Faguni Devi, was seriously injured while crossing the hill to bring me water; I worked then on a farm across the hills. That was the day I decided to carve out a proper road through this hill.’

He continued, “At first, people ridiculed him and called me mad for taking on such a herculean task, but as time went by, few people lent me support by giving me food and helping me buy my tools.” “Now, all the people of the Gaya district have nothing but gratitude for me,” he informed with sense of pride. 

Readers would be surprised to Manjhi worked from 1960 to 1982 day and night and eventually after 22 years broke down the hill and shortened the distance from 70 kilometres to just one kilometer. The path he curved is 360 foot long and 25 foot deep.

Speaking about the role Nawazuddin Siddiqui informs, “ When Ketan Mehta informed me about this man Dasrath Manjhi, who slogged for 22 years using just using elementary tools to pave a way into a mountain, I was excited and wished to meet him in person. But alas he expired in 2007 after completing the ‘impossible task’.”

“Nevertheless I met the villagers and Manjhi’s relative to learn the nuance of his character.”

“In fact while shooting the film I was so much emerged in the character that after the shoot I had to take leave. I went to Jaisalmer and some others places where people didn't know me, just to get a reality check, to feel like a normal person," Nawazuddin said at the trailer launch event of the movie.”

Salim Khan Gives Thumps Up for BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN Says, “Film is Absolutely Foolproof Hit!”

Bollywood actor Salman Khan is known to be quite emotionally connected to his papa Salim Khan, the famous script writer from the famed Salim Javed Jodi that ruled 70’s and 80’s with super hit films like DON, TRISHUL, SHOLAY, ZANJEER etc. 

Being a celebrated writer hence Salman Khan values his papa’s review very much. Recently Salman Khan arranged a specials screening of his film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN that was attended by papa Salim Khan and mother Helen along with a galaxy of B-Town celebs like yesteryear actors Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh, Tabu, Amrita Arora along with husband Shakeel Ladak, Vatsal Seth, Atul Agnihotri, Elli Avram, Sohail Khan, Mahek Chahal, Ashmit Patel, Kiara Advani, and many others were present.

After watching the film Salim Khan addressing the media went gaga over the film. Admiring the movie Salim Khan said, “The movie is Excellent. There is no doubt about the film, it is absolutely foolproof hit.”

On being quizzed if it is Salman Khan’s career best performance, Salim Khan said, “The film may not be one of the best performance of Salman but I think it is probably the best!” 

Commenting on the favorite question about Salman Khan’s marriage Salim Khan said, “Is baat ka jawab Allah hi de sakta,(Only god can answer when will Salman get married)”. 

Besides Salim Khan even the single screen theater owners are quite excited about the success of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN because Salman Khan Movie’s are always a bankable opportunity for all single screens theatre owners. 

A theatre owner said, “We have incurred heavy losses in the last one year, however, we are hopeful that Salman's BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN would help us to recover a large part of our losses."

Another single theatre owner said, “Though the concept of advance booking has become outdated nowadays due to a movie releasing in so many screens but Salman Khan’s movie has brought back those olden days as tickets for the weekend shows of the movie are already sold out in advance bookings!”