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The Poor Man’s Taj

Then again, there’s little about Manjhi’s life that is ordinary. For 22 years, he spent every day single-handedly cutting a path through a mountain, a one-man public works department who managed to connect his village with the neighbouring town. Initially dismissed by fellow villagers as a madman, his relentless efforts made him a folk hero. A number of documentaries have been made about him; he has been featured on Aamir Khan’s Satyameva Jayate. Now director Ketan Mehta is planning a biopic, The Mountain Man, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, to be released later this year. “In these cynical times,” says Mehta, “this is an amazing story of the poorest of the poor achieving the impossible.”

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