Manjhi: The Mountain Man

Synopsis: Dashrath Manjhi was a poor man from the lowest of the low castes, living in a remote village cut off from the world by a rocky mountain range. Life for him was a daily struggle for survival. He loved his wife, Phaguniya, beyond belief. One day, while climbing the mountain to bring him food, his wife slipped, fell and died. Overwhelmed by grief, Dashrath decided to carve out a path through the mountain, so that no one else would suffer his fate. For 22 years, all by himself, with just a hammer and a chisel, he hammered away at the rocks, till the path was carved out from the mountain.
120 min


So... You think you are too big?

...Too proud?

Very powerful?

It's an illusion...

Now Watch!

L-low I break your arrogance!

You ruined my whole life...

I will slice you through!

Now watch the show!

Your game is over...

Now watch the show!

Hey Dashrath!

...Have you lost your mind?

Why have you started this fire?

You will die in this fire.

Even your body won't be found.

...Have you lost your mind?

Now watch the show!

Now watch the show!


You sold off the last goat

to buy a hammer and chisel?!

I'm asking you...

Son of a pig... I'm your father!

Where are you going?


This is the most backward

region of Independent India.

Nothing has

changed here for centuries.

It's 13 years since independence

but not a whiff of it here.

No school, no hospital,

no road either here.

Do you see this mountain?

It has enslaved Gehlore village.

Nearest town Wazirgunj, is

just 4 miles across the mountain.

But one has to go 4O miles around

the mountain to reach there...

So many have died...

trying to cross this mountain.

What is this?

So you want to wear shoes

& feel like a lord?

I made a mistake, Sir

It won't happen again.

L-low can we believe you'?

I swear on my mother.

Make him wear such shoes that

he doesn't need them ever again.

Forgive me Sir.

Nail a horse shoe onto him.

Get lost.

Forgive me Sir.

L-low are you Mukhiyaji'?

We are honoured sir...

l-low are you'?

What is going on here?

Just some minor repairs.

Your first visit here

...since winning the election!

What do I say Ivlukhiyaji?

Politicsl... It just sucks you in.

You literally have to hold on

to the damn chair.

But then you get to eat

the cream too don't you?

Just win the election once...

Your house turns

into the Taj Mahal!

Shukla ji... get a ticket for

my son Ruab in the next election.

Yes... yes... oh meet him.

Who is he?

Alok - a very good journalist!

He's asking me to get a road

made from Gehlore to Wazirgunj.

Now think.

If the project is so big,

how "big" the planning will be!

You are having a lot of fun!

Take a picture...

Come son.

Name - Dashrath Ivlanjhi.

Village - Gehlore.

District - Gaya.

State - Bihar.

The first time I saw him...

I knew-he was crazy.

Hey Dashrath.

Lower your head !

Can't you see who is sitting here?

What are you doing Ruab?

Atleast don't hit him

in my presence!

I am a Legislator

and he is my vote

I was doing it out

of respect for you.

Forget the respect.

You don't know the reality.

Yesterday that fool set the

whole mountain on fire.

He's eaten so many rats

that they've got into his brain.

We know how too handle

these villains Leave them to us.

For your sake.

Dashrath, what are you doing?

Breaking the mountain.

What! You'll break the mountain?




Have you gone mad?


You will die...

The devil has got into him!

Dashrath was born in a very poor

farm |abourer's house.

...The lowest of the low caste-

'Moosahar' - or 'The rat eaters'.

As per tradition,

he was married off as a child

3O bottles of liquor & 5 pigs

that was the deal.

Get up Dashrath. ..

Making a fool of me are you?

The name of his child bride was


What happend?

Sir, you called

me and I came running.

When will you repay the money

you owe Ivlukhiya ji?

I don't have anything sir.

You can check.

Not a single penny. See...

You have money to get drunk.

What are you saying sir?

If I don't drink, how do I live'?

& if I don't live,

how will I repay you'?

Idiot, talking nonsense.

My lord the child

will hurt his hands

I'll hit myself.

You wretched Ivlagru... you worm...

Son of a pig...

Take this!... and this.

Get kicked...

Get kicked and die.

Hey drama queen!

Are you going to pay up

or you want to be shod?

I'll pay up... I'll pay up.

Stay away...

But how?

My life is already bonded to you.

Well then get your

son's bonded now!

Take him... take him...

Now he will pay your debt.

Mother I won't go.

Ivlukhiya beats me.


Shut up you bum!

You have fun and I get kicked?

You are now bonded to the Ivlukhiya

I won't go.

Won't go?

And who will repay the debt?

Your father?!

I won't go.

YQu Xtt

You won't go?

Come on...

Run Dashrath... run...

Catch that son of a Swine.

Going to break the mountain again?

Its been 2 years now-

has anyone come to help you?

Don't you understand?

Or has your brain turned to stone?

One day you'll die

breaking those rocks.

Once there was a monkey king

who lifted a mountain

and now we have Dashrath here

who'll break one! Mad man! Mad man!

Here - I'm back.

ls everything fine?


You thought I won't return?


I will not rest till I break you.

We are in for a very long battle...

You and I.

So are you ready?

He's ready!

Being smart with me?

I'll not leave you,

I'll never forgive you.

See what you have turned me into.

I can't forget any thing...

That's the damn problem.

Like a film it's got into my head.

It starts playing from any point.

Backwards, forwards

forwards, backwards...

Damn thing keeps dancing around

in my head...

I remember everything...


As if it was yesterday...

...Yesterday. ..

Toys... magical toys

to stop the kids crying.

Toys... soft toys

to keep your wife smiling.

Toys... toys...

Elephants, horses, palquins...

how great is my lord...

Toys... toys...

You blind scoundrel!

Wait till I cool you down...

Great! Fantastic! Alive!

First wash your face.

Hello brothers!

"The back of

untouchability is broken."

"All are Equal...

Equal... Equal..."

What are they celebrating?

End of untouchability!

The Government has passed a law.

All are equal.

What? We can touch anybody?

See! It's printed

in the news paper.


Oh my god.

We can touch anybody!

"All are Equal...

Equal... Equal..."

"Untouchability is

Gone with the wind!"

"All are Equal...

Equal... Equal..."

Dreaming of entering the temples...

The won't pipe down

until 1O -20 of them are hacked.

"All are Equal...

Equal... Equal..."

"All are Equal...

Equal... Equal..."

"All are Equal...

Equal... Equal..."

Want to come up?

You an outsider?

No, I'm very much from here...

Ran away as a child to Dhanbad.

...V\/orked in the coal mines.

...Coal mines...

They call it "Black Diamond."

It's hard work...

If you do it well - you get money!

Hard cash

and if you work hard,

you get respect too.

But I am free spirited.

Just felt like it...

so coming back home.

Which village?



- Yes.

You'll cross the whole mountain?


- My God...

What name did you say?

What name did you say?

When did I say anything uncle?

Now I am saying it.

Dashrath is my name.

After 7 years when he returned, the

village had not changed a bit...

...As if it had been

forgotten by time.

Your shoe... keep it on my head.

What are you saying Ivlukhiyaji?

Keep it... keep it...

Please don't make me sin, sir.

It is not your fault.

What happened?

The Government has abolished

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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