Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manjhi is said to be inspired by the real-life story of Dashrath Manjhi who carved a path out of the mountain blocking the way of his village from a nearby town. Director Ketan Mehta usually adopts the documentary style of filmmaking. However, he has made an exception with Manjhi where we see characters getting tilted towards a more Bollywood style approach.
While both Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte breathed life into their characters, the supporting cast, barring a few, haven’t done any commendable work. Most of their accents look extremely made up. Mehta has also taken certain liberties which seem incongruous going by the era the film depicts – the 1960s. Regardless, the film has an emotional connection which is undeniable.