Indian man carves mounting 22 yearsA major Bollywood film based on the true story of an Indian man who spent 22 years carving a massive gap in a mountain after his wife died in tragic circumstances hit cinema screens on Friday.

The man, Dashrath Manjhi, was an impoverished labourer from India’s lowest caste, undertook the mammoth task when his wife Falguni died in 1959.

His wife died because she was not able to receive urgent medical care after being involved in an incident.

To ensure other villagers wouldn’t suffer the same fate as his wife, Manjhi worked day and night to chip away at the mountain using only a hammer and chisel – reducing the distance to only 15 kilometres by creating a path between the rocks.

The distance between Manjhi’s village to the nearest town involved around 54 kilometres trek around the mountain.

Manjhi completed the work until 19282 by creating the path which is around 110 metres (360 feet) long and in some places more than nine metres wide.

Bollywood star Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the lead role in the film – The Mountain Man, told AFP “The story is beautiful and compelling. He made the impossible possible and his work has helped thousands.”

Siddiqui further added “The most difficult aspect was to capture the madness. His work is extraordinary. He should be an inspiration and an icon for the youth.”

Manjhi died from cancer of the gall bladder in 2007, aged 73, and was recognised with a state funeral in Bihar.

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