Prakash Jha


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

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

Finally, he made his debut, as a feature film director, 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 with, 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, nine feature films, two television features and three television series including the popular TV serial Mungerilal Ke Hasin Sapne.[11][12]

In 2010, he directed Raajneeti, which was a contemporary take on the epic, Mahabharat. 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.[13] In 2012, Jha's next release Chakravyuh starred Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpai, Kabir Bedi and Esha Gupta was released in Dussehra 2012.[14][15][16][17] His next film Satyagraha will star Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn.[18]


Recent News

Filmmaker Shyam Benegal, actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Ashoke Pandit have slammed CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani for refusing to certify Prakash Jha’s upcoming film Lipstick Under My Burkha.
Filmmaker Prakash Jha has said he derives a lot of inspiration from the North East and Bollywood filmmakers like him will feel privileged to work with people from the region.
Attracted by the scenic beauty of Northeast many Bollywood filmmakers have shown great interest to make use of the region’s breathtaking locales for their upcoming films.
While Priyanka Chopra has been earning accolades for pulling off high-octane action scenes in the trailers of Jai GangaaJal, director Prakash Jha, who makes his acting debut in the film, has also managed to hold his own.
He is known for making films on political and social issues, and filmmaker Prakash Jha knows that such films invite opinions and legal actions from people who do not understand legal issues.
Filmmaker Prakash Jha says that plans of making a sequel to his 2010 hit political drama Rajneeti are on and he is currently working on the script.
Filmmaker Prakash Jha has denied reports that he made voluntary cuts to his upcoming cop drama Jai Gangaajal to avoid getting an ‘Adult’ certificate from the censor board.
Acclaimed filmmaker Prakash Jha, who is going to address the dilemma of female cops with his next Jai Gangaajal, was recently invited to address female police officers from across the country at the 7th National Conference Of Women In Police.
Many were surprised when filmmaker Prakash Jha announced that he would play the negative role of a tough cop in his next directorial, a sequel to his 2003 hit, Gangaajal.
After directing hardhitting intense dramas like Mrityudand (1997), Gangaajal (2003) and Raajneeti (2010), among others, film-maker Prakash Jha is set to take the comedy route with his next production venture, Crazzy Kukad Family.