‘Manjhi – The Mountain Man’ (2015), directed by Ketan Mehta, is the story of Dashrath Manjhi who carved a road through a mountain in the Gehlour hills, working day and night for 22 long years. He was determined that not anyone else should meet the same fate as his dear wife.
He was from a family in Gehlaur village, near Gaya in Bihar. His wife Falguni Devi died because of lack of access to treatment as the nearest doctor was at a distance of approx 70 km.
The world once again will witness the courage and strength of a girl, merely a 15-year old one, of village Sirhulli, Darbhanga in Bihar, who brought her injured father back to home on Bicycle. The distance she paddled in a week from Gurugram, Haryana to her home is 1200 km.
Jyoti Kumari is now to play her own real role in reel life. The film, ‘Atma-nirbhar‘, will be fictionalized and made dramatic to portray the problems faced by immigrants amidst the nation-wide Lockdown. As of various reports, Shine Sharma is to direct the film in Hindi, English and Maithili language. For the international audience, ‘The Journey of A Migrant’ is to be subtitled in 20 other languages. The issue that a family of migrant workers face and the hardships through which they have undergone in the current pandemic will be explored in the film.
COVID-19 pandemic has left a large number of migrant workers jobless. They are forced to return back home. With no facility of transport, the country is witnessing lakhs of immigrants on foot, walking miles to get back to their home.
Jyoti’s father was an E-Rickshaw driver in Gurugram. He met with an accident before Lockdown. Jyoti’s mother couldn’t go to see him, so she went to take care of her injured father. However, the imposed Lockdown changed everything. Left with no income and no food to eat, Jyoti decided to come back to Sirhulil with her father. She purchased a second-hand cycle and started the journey.
The duo, father and daughter had to spend several nights on petrol-pumps and rely on givers for food. She is indeed an inspiration for every person and her determination marks a wonderful upbringing.
Media reports read that Jyoti is happy as she is gaining support from the government to continue with her studies which she left because of financial problems. The Cycle-girl is now to stand as an example to all those girls who can do wonders with their effort and courage.