Dashrath Manjhi – The Mountain Man

The man who, over a period of 22 years, cut a mountain to make a road through it. Using only a hammer and chisel.

Dashrath Manjhi(1934-2007) - The Mountain Man
Dashrath Manjhi(1934-2007) – The Mountain Man

The surrounding villagers had to travel around the mountain for basic necessities – market, school, hospital. After his wife died from lack of medical care in 1959, Dashrath Manjhi took it upon himself to carve the road, using just his chisel & hammer.

He was mocked initially when he started this ludicrous task of cutting the mountain but eventually after seeing him work day & night splitting the mountain in half, the villagers started helping him. His feat reduced the distance of 55 km to 15 km, bringing him national acclaim. Now all the people from nearby villages have nothing but gratitude of the “Mountain Man” who made their lives so much easier.

Based on his life & the heavily inspiring task that this one man did, a movie – Manjhi – The Mountain Man – is coming up on 21st Aug’15 – with Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Dashrath Manjhi. An absolute great choice of actor for portraying this.

Watch its trailer below:

Don’t worry if your eyes become a bit watery after just the trailer.

One man can move mountains after all.
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