Mumbai: Director Ketan Mehta has stated that he is overwhelmed with the response to the trailer of his upcoming venture ‘Manjhi- The Mountain Man’ and plans to donate a share of the film's profits to Dashrath Manjhi's village in Bihar.
"Definitely a percentage of the profits will go to the village (Gehlaur)," he told media persons at a special screening of ‘Drishyam’.
The trailer went viral as soon as it was launched on social media and Nawazuddin Siddiqui's dedication and purpose in the film were widely discussed. Both the intense and light-hearted scenes have found favour with the viewers.
"The response has been overwhelming. Nawaz is being liked immensely. The surprise with 'Manjhi' film though has been that the youth have suddenly and surprisingly connected with the film. People have gone and watched the promo on Youtube and the response has been encouraging and enthusiastic," said Mehta.
Nawazuddin's character is based on Dashrath Manjhi, who worked tirelessly for 22 years to rip apart a mountain to create a road to ease travel woes of villagers.
Along with Nawazuddin, the film also stars currently in the spotlight Radhika Apte. It is scheduled to release on August 21.