Cabinet Coordination Department Principal Secretary Shishir Kumar Sinha said the decision was taken at the meeting of state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, which observed that the movie was based on the inspiring life of Dashrath Manjhi popularly known as 'Mountain Man'.

"The Cabinet cited the movie is based on the life of real hero Manjhi, whose inspirational story tells that a person can do the biggest work with determination even when resources are scarce. It encourages the viewers to see human life in the right perspective and inspires them, as well as, the society," Sinha added.

The Siddiqui-starrer movie, directed by Ketan Mehta, is a biopic on Manjhi, a resident of Gehlaur village in Atri block of Gaya district of Bihar. Manjhi was a poor labourer born in 1934 to a landless family of 'Mahadalit' Musahars - the lowest of the low in Bihar's highly caste-ridden society.

His village was cut off from the rest of the world by a massive solid rock mountain and remained devoid of power, medical facilities, as well as, other amenities. People used to curse the remoteness of the village, but did nothing.

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