Prakash Jha

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 multi-starrer movies like 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
Jha promoting Aarakshan, 2010.
Born (1952-02-27) 27 February 1952
Bettiah, Bihar, India
OccupationFilm producer, director, screenwriter, actor
Years active1982-present
Spouse(s)Deepti Naval (1985-2002)
Websiteprakashjhaproductions.com

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]

Biography

Early life and education

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 BSc (Hons) in Physics, though he left his studies after one year,[4] and decided to go to Bombay (present-day 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), Poona (now 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 Bombay, started working, and never went back to complete the course.[5]

Personal life

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

Career

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.

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]

In 2019, he acted in the film Saand Ki Aankh a biographical film directed by Tushar Hiranandani. He played Rattan Singh Tomar, the patriarch of the Tomar family.[25]

Politics

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.[26][27][28] He again contested in the 2014 elections as a JD(U) candidate from Paschim Champaran and lost, being second on the list. Filmmaker and Janata Dal-United (JDU) candidate Prakash Jha lost from the West Champaran Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar. He was defeated from the constituency for the third time.

Social initiatives

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.

Anubhooti

Prakash Jha is the chairman of Anubhooti,[29] 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.

Filmography

YearFilmRoleNotes
1982Shree Vats
(documentary)
DirectorFilm on the Pune-based institute Shreevatsa
1983Faces After The Storm
(documentary)
DirectorNational Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film
Best Documentary of the year
International Film Festival of India, Special Jury Award
1984Hip Hip HurrayDirectorAll India Film Awards Association, Best Director
1985DamulDirector, producer, co-script writerNational Film Award for Best Feature Film
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie
1986Kudiattam
(documentary)
DirectorNational Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film
1988Looking Back
(documentary)
DirectorNational Film Award for Best Industrial Documentary
1989Mungerilal Ke Haseen SapneDirectorTelevision serial
1989ParinatiDirector, producerNational Film Award for Best Costume Design
Presented as an Outstanding Film at the London Film Festival at the London Film Festival
1997Mrityudand
("Death Sentence")
Director, producer, editor, dialogue writerScreen 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
1999Dil Kya KareDirector, editor, story writer
2001RahulDirector
2002Sonal
(Documentary)
DirectorNational Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film
2003GangaajalDirector, producer, editor, story writer, dialogue writerNational Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues
2004LoknayakDirector, producer, editor, story writer, dialogue writerBased on the life of Bharat Ratna Jayaprakash Narayan
2005ApaharanDirector, producer, story writerNational Film Award for Best Screenplay
Filmfare Best Dialogue Award
Star Screen Best Screenplay Award
2007Dil Dosti EtcProducer
2007Khoya Khoya ChandProducer
2010RaajneetiDirector, producer, dialogue writerStar Screen Best Screenplay Award
2011Turning 30Producer
2011Yeh Saali ZindagiProducer
2011AarakshanDirector, producer
2012ChakravyuhDirector, producer
2013SatyagrahaDirector, producer
2015Crazy Cukkad Familyproducer
2016Jai Gangaajal director, actor, producer
2017Lipstick Under My Burkhaproducer
2018Saare Jahan Se Acha (series)AnchorWeb Series [30] Directed by Prakash Bhardwaj (Director)[31]
2019Fraud Saiyaanproducer
2019 Pareeksha Director, Producer
2019 Saand Ki Aankh Rattan Singh Tomar Actor[25]

Awards

National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards

Star Screen Awards

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

Other awards

  • 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 awards

  • 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 acclaim

  • 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

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