Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Tigmanshu Dhulia
Directed by Ketan Mehta
All that one is left wondering at the end of Manjhi is what if Nawazuddin was not there in the film. Well, it would certainly have collapsed. He single-handedly holds it together with his impassioned performance and breathes life into a strangely inert piece of story-telling. In this, he is quite like the character he personifies, Dashrath Manjhi, who toiled all alone, hammer and chisel in hand, at carving a road through a mountain for 20 years. The film had much going for it. The fact that it is a Bollywood biopic about a common man, not some public figure, and that it’s a poignant tale of man against nature, caste and administration, all at one go. But Mehta opts for an old-fashioned, larger-than-life way, with characters...