We consider Dashrath Manjhi as an icon for will-power but Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who played the Mountain Man of Bihar in Ketan Mehta's Manjhi - The Mountain Man, wants the mountain to be considered a symbol of love, just like Taj Mahal.
"When people go to Gehlaur and see the mountain, a comparison comes to their mind that there is a Taj Mahal and then there is this mountain. The dedication and passion was more when Manjhi had made the monument. We are hoping that in the future it is considered as a symbol of love," Nawazuddin said at a special screening of
Sharing his experiences while visiting
village, Nawazuddin said the atmosphere had got quite emotional and warm. "We had heard stories but when we went there, and saw the mountain, there was an amazing and strange delight, which stuns us to think how it's even possible. But it had become possible, people couldn't believe that one person can actually do something like this which has happened in front of them and in this life," he said.
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Mountain Man Dashrath Manjhi had, single-handedly, cut through a hill to make a road for his village. Working day and night, Manjhi had carved out a passage with a hammer and a chisel. Manjhi had taken up the uphill task after his wife was injured and he had to take a long detour around the hills to reach the nearest hospital.
The biopic, which also stars Radhika Apte, released on August 21, Friday.