New Delhi, Aug 21: After Uttarakhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer 'Manjhi: The Mountain Man' has been declared tax free in Delhi , sources in the Delhi Government said today.
'Manjhi', which hit silver screens yesterday, was granted the tax-free status after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal watched the film at a special screening here, and lauded the film and Siddiqui's performance.
Mr Kejriwal, who was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas, met the members of the film’s crew, including director Ketan Mehta and his wife Deepa Sahi along with actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Mr Kejriwal, in his tweets, praised the film and the performance of Siddiqui. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Mr Kejriwal said, ''Manjhi, the Mountain Man is simply superb. 'Yeh Dikhaati hai ki Insaan Thaan le to kuch bhi kar sakta hai' (It shows that if a person takes it upon himself, he can do anything) Very inspirational. Youth must watch it.''
The decision to declare the film tax free comes after Mr Kejriwal shares the stage with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the Bihar Samman Sammelan' organised by the Delhi Government where Mr Kumar was the chief guest.
Manjhi - The Mountain Man, is a biographical film, based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi, widely known as the "Mountain Man". A poor labourer in Gehlaur village, near Gaya in Bihar, ‘Manjhi carved a path through a mountain using only a hammer and chisel after his wife fell while trying to cross the mountain.
The film is directed by Ketan Mehta and jointly produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and NFDC India.
Besides Nawazuddin, the film also features Radhika Apte (as Manjhi’s wife) and Tigmanshu Dhulia.