Manjhi : The Mountain Man (2015)

Set in post independence India, the tale of a lone man who wants to conquer a mountain for the betterment of his village is heart warming.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, plays the title role with such conviction, that you never think you are watching a film, but are somehow privy to a slice of their life. Radhika Apte who plays his spouse, has supported him ably, matching up to him in every frame. Their scenes have great chemistry and their intimacy is shot beautifully.

Director Ketan Mehta has captured the essence of the period, with appropriate dialogue, songs, body language, locations and sets. It’s earthy, not melodramatic and real.

The audience is left with a message in the end which could have been far more elaborate, but they say a lot in few lines. A sincere film with a big heart.

3/5

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