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Prakash Jha (born 27 February 1952) is an Indian film producer, actor, director and screenwriter, mostly known for his political and socio-political films such as Damul (1984), Mrityudand (1997), Gangaajal (2003), Apaharan (2005), including multistarrer hit movies Raajneeti (2010), Aarakshan (2011) Chakravyuh (2012), and Satyagraha (2013). He is also the maker of National Film Award winning documentaries like, Faces After The Storm (1984) and Sonal (2002).

Prakash Jha
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Prakash Jha
Born (1952-02-27) 27 February 1952 (age 66)
OccupationFilm producer, director, screenwriter, actor
Years active1976-present
Spouse(s)Deepti Naval (1985-1989)
ChildrenDisha Jha
WebsitePrakash Jha Productions

He runs a production company, Prakash Jha Productions.[1] He also owns the P&M Mall in Patna and the P&M Hi-Tech Mall in Jamshedpur.[2]

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BiographyEdit

Early life and educationEdit

Prakash Jha was raised at his family's farm in Barharwa, Bettiah, West Champaran, Bihar, India. His father's name is Shri Tej Nath Jha. He did his schooling from Sainik School Tilaya,[3] Koderma district and Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Bokaro Steel City (Jharkhand). Later, he joined Ramjas College, Delhi University to do B.Sc (Hons) in Physics, though he left his studies after one year,[4] and decided to go to Mumbai and become a painter. While he was preparing for J.J. School of Arts, he happened to witness the shooting of the film Dharma and got hooked on filmmaking.

He joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 1973, to do a course in editing. Midway through it, the institution was closed for while due to student agitation, so he came to Mumbai, started working, and never went back to complete the course.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Prakash was at one time married to actress Deepti Naval with whom he has an adopted daughter Disha.[6][7]

CareerEdit

While still midway through his course, he started working on films independently in 1974.[8] He made his first documentary, Under the Blue, in 1975, and continued to do so for the next eight years.[4]

During this period he made some highly politically charged documentaries, like the one of the Bihar Sharif riot, titled, Faces After Storm (1984). It received considerable attention, as it was banned within 4–5 days of its release,[5] though later it won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film for the year.

 
Katrina Kaif and Prakash Jha during the promotion of Rajneeti (2010)

He made his debut as a feature film director with Hip Hip Hurray in 1984, scripted by Gulzar and starring Raj Kiran and Deepti Naval as leads.[9] Next came the film he received most recognition for, Damul (1984), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie in 1985. The film was based on the bonded labour issue in Bihar.

In 1986, he directed Parinati, based on the story by Vijaydan Detha.[10]

Over the years he has made over 25 documentaries, 13 feature films, two television features and three television series, including the popular TV serial Mungerilal Ke Hasin Sapne. His production company has produced five films with independent directors.[11][12]

In 2004, Jha directed the 112-minute film Loknayak, based on the life of Bharat Ratna Jayaprakash Narayan. In the film, Chetan Pandit played the role of Narayan and Tisca Chopra played Prabhavati Devi, the wife of JP.[13][14][15][16][17]

In 2010, Jha directed Raajneeti, a contemporary take on the epic Mahabharata. It starred Ajay Devgan, Manoj Bajpai, Naseeruddin Shah, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Nana Patekar and Ranbir Kapoor, and was a critical and commercial success. His next venture was Aarakshan, which starred Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan Deepika Padukone and Prateik Babbar.[18] In 2012, Jha's release Chakravyuh starred Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpai, Kabir Bedi and Esha Gupta, and was released in Dussehra 2012.[19][20][21][22] His next film Satyagraha (2013) starred Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn.[23][24]


PoliticsEdit

Prakash Jha contested and lost the election to the Lok Sabha from his native Champaran in 2004. He again lost the election to the Lok Sabha in 2009 as Lok Janashakti Party candidate from West Champaran.[25][26][27] He again contested in the 2014 elections as a JD(U) candidate from Paschim Champaran and lost, being second on the list.

Social initiativesEdit

For the last ten years Prakash Jha has been seriously involved with development initiatives in Bihar. He has been spearheading growth in infrastructure, health care and vocational training facilities in the state through the NGO Anubhooti.

AnubhootiEdit

Prakash Jha is the chairman of Anubhooti,[28] a registered society that has been working for cultural development, improvement of health care, disaster management and the upliftment of farmers and socio-economically backward people in Bihar since 1991.

Most recently, the organization has been working for flood survivors. After the Kosi flood on 18 August 2008, Anubhooti has provided complete relief to 6000 people since September 2008. Anubhooti has created a model village, Hindolwa village, for those the flood affected, and is working towards their complete rehabilitation. Anubhooti has provided relief to 5000 people for health care in Supaul district in Bihar.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1982 Shree Vats
(documentary)
Director Film on the Pune-based institute Shreevatsa
1983 Faces After The Storm
(documentary)
Director National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film
Best Documentary of the year
International Film Festival of India, Special Jury Award
1984 Hip Hip Hurray Director All India Film Awards Association, Best Director
1985 Damul Director, producer, co-script writer National Film Award for Best Feature Film
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie
1986 Kudiattam
(documentary)
Director National Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film
1988 Looking Back
(documentary)
Director National Film Award for Best Industrial Documentary
1989 Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne Director Television serial
1989 Parinati Director, producer National Film Award for Best Costume Design
Presented as an Outstanding Film at the London Film Festival at the London Film Festival
1997 Mrityudand
("Death Sentence")
Director, producer, editor, dialogue writer Screen Cinema Award, Best Actor in a Negative Role
Screen Cinema Award, Best Dialogue
Screen Cinema Award, Best Screenplay
Zee Cine Award, Best Dialogue
Zee Cine Award, Best Director
Sansui Film Awards, Best Film (Critics Choice)
Sansui Film Awards, Best Actress
Special Jury Award, Cinema Tout Ecran, Geneva for Best Feature
Audience Award, Best Feature, Bangkok Film Festival
1999 Dil Kya Kare Director, editor, story writer
2001 Rahul Director
2002 Sonal
(Documentary)
Director National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film
2003 Gangaajal Director, producer, editor, story writer, dialogue writer National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues
2004 Loknayak Director, producer, editor, story writer, dialogue writer Based on the life of Bharat Ratna Jayaprakash Narayan
2005 Apaharan Director, producer, story writer National Film Award for Best Screenplay
Filmfare Best Dialogue Award
Star Screen Best Screenplay Award
2007 Dil Dosti Etc Producer
2007 Khoya Khoya Chand Producer
2010 Raajneeti Director, producer, dialogue writer Star Screen Best Screenplay Award
2011 Turning 30 Producer
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi Producer
2011 Aarakshan Director, producer
2012 Chakravyuh Director, producer
2013 Satyagraha Director, producer
2015 Crazy Cukkad Family producer
2016 Jai Gangaajal director, actor, producer
2017 Lipstick Under My Burkha producer
2018 Sare Jahan se Accha Anchor Web Series [29]

AwardsEdit

National Film AwardsEdit

Filmfare AwardsEdit

Star Screen AwardsEdit

  • 2005: Star Screen Best Screenplay Award: Apaharan
  • 2011: Star Screen Best Screenplay Award: Raajneeti

Other awardsEdit

  • 1983: International Film Festival of India, Special Jury Award: Faces After The Storm
  • 1984: All India Film Awards Association, Best Director: Hip Hip Hurray
  • 1986: Baba Saheb Ambedkar Award, Social Understanding
  • 1998: Screen Cinema Award, Best Actor in a Negative Role: Mrityudand - Death Sentence
  • 1998: Screen Cinema Award, Best Dialogue: Mrityudand - Death Sentence
  • 1998: Screen Cinema Award, Best Screenplay: Mrityudand - Death Sentence
  • 1998: Zee Cine Award, Best Dialogue: Mrityudand - Death Sentence
  • 1998: Zee Cine Award, Best Director: Mrityudand - Death Sentence
  • 1998: Sansui Film Awards, Best Film (Critics Choice): Mrityudand - Death Sentence
  • 1998: Sansui Film Awards, Best Actress: Mrityudand - Death Sentence

International awardsEdit

  • 1988: Presented as An Outstanding Film at the London Film Festival at the London Film Festival: Parinati - The Inevitable
  • 1998: Special Jury Award, Cinema Tout Ecran, Geneva for Best Feature: Mrityudand - Death Sentence
  • 1998: Audience Award, Best Feature, Bangkok Film Festival: Mrityudand - Death Sentence

International acclaimEdit

  • Damul ("Bonded Until Death") - invited for competition and participation at Montreal, Berlin, Chicago, Moscow and several other festivals (1986–1987)
  • Parinati ("The Inevitable") - invited to several film festivals including the London International Film Festival (1988)
  • Parampara ("Traditions") and Abhivyakti ("An Expression") - represented India at the Festival of India in France and Japan
  • Mrityudand ("Death Sentence") - invited to several festivals like London, Dublin, Melbourne, Riocine (Brazil), Bangkok, New York Human Rights, Cinema Tout Ecran (Geneva) and others.
  • Apaharan - opening film of the Indian Film Festival in Israel (2005)
  • Lipstick under My Burkha - produced by Prakash Jha, starring Konkana Sen, selected to be premiered at prestigious Stockholm International Film Festival in November alongside Bertrand Bonello's Nocturama, Mahmoud Sabbagh's Barakah Meets Barakah and Garth Davis' Lion

ReferencesEdit

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