Saturday, October 20, 2012

A man carved a tunnel through a mountain so his village could have access to a doctor 70km away.

His name was Dashrath Manjhi, and he lived in a village near Gaya in Bihar, India. When his wife, Falguni Devi, passed away due to a lack of medical treatment, he decided to do something about it. The nearest doctor was 70km away through mountains, and Manjhi had no desire to see anyone suffer the fa
te his wife did, so he single handedly cut his way through a mountain in the Gehlour hills.

He carved a 360 foot long, 25 foot high, and 30foot wide road, so that vehicles could get through. It took him 22 years, from 1960 to 1982. Thanks to him, the closest doctor was then only 1km away. He was given international acclaim at the time, and when he died in 2007, he was given a state funeral by the Government of Bihar.

In July 2010, director Manish Jha announced a film, Manjhi, based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi. The film is produced by Sanjay Singh, who previously produced Udaan (2010) and Manoj Bajpai is slated to play the lead. Dashrath Manjhi's inspirational story was shown on Aamir Khan's show Satyamev Jayate. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been roped in to play the lead role in the film Mountain Man,which is based on life of Dashrath Manjhi.

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