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Dhanush will play Mountain Man

News Helpline | October, 19 2012

This Tamil actor seems to be stuck with North Indian characters. Dhanush, who plays a lover boy from Uttar Pradesh in his first Hindi film Raanjhanaa, will now also portray the character of Dashrath Manjhi in the biopic to be directed by Manish Jha and produced by Sanjay Singh.

Incidentally, Dhanush replaces Manoj Bajpai who was initially being considered to play Manjhi also called the Mountain Man because of his feat of singlehandedly carving a 360-foot-long, 25-foot-high and 30-foot-wide road through a mountain in Gahlour village in Bihar.

Asked why Dhanush scored over Manoj, Singh said, “Manoj was being considered. But he’s slightly too old to play the role. Dhanush is the right age and physically perfect for the part. He will have no problem mastering the nuances.” Dhanush will now have to undertake extensive on-location preparation to get a hang of Manjhi’s character.

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