Nawazuddin, Ketan Mehta to visit Dashrath Manjhi's village

Aug 06, 2015, 16:30 IST | Sonali Joshi Pitale

Nawazuddin Siddiqui to visit Mountain Man Dashrath Manjhi's village in Bihar on the occasion of his death anniversary

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who's been on a whirlwind multi-city tour to spread the word about 'Manjhi: The Mountain Man', has now added a Bihar village to his travel plans. No, not for promotions though.

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Ketan Mehta, Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui during the launch of the film
Ketan Mehta, Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui during the launch of the film

The actor and his director, Ketan Mehta, will be visiting Gehlaur on August 17 to pay tribute to late Dashrath Manjhi, whose inspirational life has been adapted into the biopic. It is the Mountain Man's eighth death anniversary that day.

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Mountain Man Dashrath Manjhi
Mountain Man Dashrath Manjhi

A source involved with the film says, "Ketan and the marketing team came up with this plan to visit Gehlaur and meet Manjhi's family. We will also go to his memorial and unveil an ornamental gate there, followed by a visit to his charitable trust. In fact, we have decided to donate a portion of our film's collections to the trust."

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While Nawaz was not available for comment, Ketan says the visit will be a way of showing gratitude to Manjhi's family for their support during the film's making. "His son, Bhairath, and the villagers extended full cooperation to the crew while we were shooting for the film in Gehlaur. In fact, Manjhi's son and daughter attended the film's mahurat too. We want to spend the day in their midst to thank them for their support," he adds.

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