Set in 1960, ‘Manjhi - The Mountain Man’ is based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi, who for over 22 years worked on carving out a path through a mountain using just a hammer and a chisel. He dug a roadway out of a mountain that separated his village in Bihar from the nearest hospital. In the film, Nawazuddin plays Manjhi.

"Nawaz is a very committed and fascinating actor. He has done a brilliant job in the film," Mehta said on Saturday.

Talking about how he signed the National Award-winning actor for the project, Mehta said, "I had seen some of his roles. Besides, his physical type also matched a lot with the character (of Dashrath Manjhi)."

"Nawaz read the script and he loved it a lot and he immediately gave his nod," he added.

‘Manjhi - The Mountain Man’ features Radhika Apte as Nawaz's wife. Besides, it also features filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia and actor Prashant Narayanan in key roles.

(Agencies)

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