What I saw in the film Manji – The Mountain Man
Mr. Vipul Solanki
Department of Communication Skills, MEFGI, Rajkot
I saw Ketan Mehta as a mature, creative film maker and researcher. In this movie, he has shown the height of his rebellious spirit like in his almost all other movies. His movies like Mirch Masala, Mangal Pandey, Rang Rasiya all are ‘one man rebel’. This spirit is at its height in Dashrath Manji – the protagonist of this movie. It is also reflected that he, being a creative film maker, is a good researcher. Throughout the movie, he has created and maintained the 1960s-70s environment meticulously.
I saw that Siddiqui is a master player. Nawazuddin Siqqiqui’s personal struggle to be an actor is not least soft than the dream of curving a path through a mountain. The mixer of his pain and struggle with the sufferings and determination of Dashrath Manji has amplified the spirit of the movie.
I saw the potential of an individual. Dashrath Manji is a model for anybody for not giving up. Anything is possible with love and determination. Even the toughest and longest work is no more a burden for the person who sees it indubitably.
I saw that love makes things happen. It was Manji’s ardent love which has strengthened him to be able to curve the whole mountain working for years single handedly.
I saw that I cannot see the past of India as golden. The movie has shown the poor condition of Indian not only economically but also culturally and morally. India has always been worst at the service of human rights. There has been well developed and prevailed human exploitation systems like satipratha, devadasi, untouchability and many. The people used to be treated worse than animals.
I saw that the inhumane annihilation of humans in the past of India is not far from the present. At the very outskirts of the independence of India, there had been agonizing practices which have not changed much even today. As per the recent 2011 census, even today, India has 46, 97,034 castes and sub castes.
I saw that to be born as a woman and that too in a lower caste in India is even worse than hell. Subjugation of women to men was considered to be a respected cultural practice. The tradition of exploiting women of the lower castes, which was considered to be honor for the upper caste people, has brutally smeared uncountable mothers, wives, sisters and daughters – humanity at large. And the so called upper caste people who were practicing untouchability, did/do not get polluted when they rape/d women of lower cast. It seems that going back to the human history doesn’t offer anything except pain.
I saw that in the name of caste discrimination, India has never accumulated and utilized the potential which could have resisted the invasion of others races as well as could have made India grow as the torch bearer for the world rising as the world power. A place where the power/potential/talent of more than fifty percent of the population is wasted in the name of the exploiting social, cultural and religious practices can never be a welfare state. This caste system has cost a lot to this nation. Even if Governments have made policies, it ultimately is in the hands of the people who have the power to bring the change but if the people themselves don’t want the expected change then howsoever the government policies may be good, it would fail.
I saw that the rebellious like naxalists are product of the selfish political practices. It emerges when the leaders/governments are playing the power game for their own benefits but not concern for the welfare of the society. The effect of the rise of the naxalism has the failure of governments as it’s direct.
I saw that corruption is in the vein of India. Bureaucrats have looted the nation taking the benefits of the ignorance and innocence of the masses.
But eventually I saw that a road through anything is possible, if carving a road single handedly through a mountain is possible.
I saw the spirit of Manji in the words, ‘Shandar, Jabardast, Zindabad’.