27 February 1952 |
West Champaran, Bihar, India
|Occupation||producer, director, screenwriter|
|Years active||1976- present|
|Spouse(s)||Deepti Naval(1985-2002) Divorced|
Prakash Jha (born 27 February 1952) is an Indian film producer, director and screenwriter who is mostly known for his political and socio-political films such as Damul (1984), Mrityudand (1997), Gangaajal (2003), Apaharan (2005), multistarrer hit movie Raajneeti (2010), Aarakshan (2011) Chakravyuh (2012), and the Satyagraha (2013). He is also the maker of National Film Award winning documentaries like, Faces After The Storm (1984) and Sonal (2002).
- 1 Biography
- 2 Politics
- 3 Social initiatives
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Awards
- 6 International Acclaim
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life and education
Prakash Jha was raised at his family's farm in Baraharwa, Bettiah, West Champaran, Bihar, India. He did his schooling from Sainik School Tilaya, 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 studies after one year, and decided to go to Mumbai and become a painter, though while he was preparing for J.J. School of Arts, he happened to witness the shooting of the film Dharma and got hooked on to filmmaking.
Soon he joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 1973, to do a course in editing, though midway through it, the institution was closed for while, due to student agitation, so he came to Mumbai, and started working, and never went back to complete the course.
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 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. 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 2004,Prakash Jha directed a 112-minute film Loknayak based on the life of Bharat Ratna Jayaprakash Narayan.In the film, Chetan Pandit enacted the role of Jayaprakash Narayan and Tisca Chopra played role of Prabhavati Devi, wife of JP.
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. In 2012, Jha's next release Chakravyuh starred Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpai, Kabir Bedi and Esha Gupta was released in Dussehra 2012. His next film Satyagraha(2013) starred Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn.
Prakash Jha contested and lost election to the Lok Sabha from his native Champaran in 2004. He again lost election to the Lok Sabha in 2009 as Lok Janashakti Party candidate from West Champaran. He again contested 2014 Elections as a JD(U) Candidate from Bettiah and lost being second on the list.
For the last five 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.
Prakash Jha is the chairman of Anubhooti, a registered society that has been working for cultural development, improvement of health care, disaster management and the upliftment of farmers and socio-economic 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 the flood affected and is working towards their complete rehabilitation. Anubhooti has provided relief to 5000 people for health care in jamui dist.bihar.
|Director||Film on the Pune-based institute Shreevatsa|
|1983||Faces After The Storm
|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
|Director||National Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film|
|Director||National Film Award for Best Industrial Documentary|
|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
(The 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|
|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||Yeh Saali Zindagi||Producer|
|2015||Crazy Cukkad Family||Producer||Set to release on 16 January 2015|
National Film Awards
- 1984: National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film: Faces After The Storm (1984)
- 1985: National Film Award for Best Feature Film: Damul (1985)
- 1987: National Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film: Kudiattam
- 1988: National Film Award for Best Costume Design: Parinati
- 1988: National Film Award for Best Industrial Documentary: Looking Back
- 2002: National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film: Sonal
- 2004: National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues: Gangaajal (2003)
- 2006: National Film Award for Best Screenplay: Apaharan (2005)
- 2001: Best Documentary of the year: Faces After The Storm (1983)
- 1985: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie: Damul (1985)
- 2006:Filmfare Best Dialogue Award: Apaharan (2005)
Star Screen Awards
- 2005: Star Screen Best Screenplay Award: Apaharan
- 2011: Star Screen Best Screenplay Award: Raajneeti
- 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
- 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
- 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 Festival, Cinema Tout Ecran (Geneva) and others.
- Apaharan - Opening film of the Indian Film Festival in Israel (2005)
- Untitled Document
- Prakash Jha Productions website.
- Sainik Schools Society
- Prakash Jha Interview Part I passionforcinema.com.
- Prakash Jha The Cinemas of India, by Yves Thoraval. Macmillan India, 2000. ISBN 0-333-93410-5, ISBN 978-0-333-93410-4. Page 191-192.
- Today's actors have become picky: Prakash Jha - Hindustan Times
- Prakash Jha during the launch of Deepti Naval's book 'The Mad Tibetan'
- Interviews Movies, Rediff.com, 3 February 2003.
- Filmmaker sees hope in Bihar Telegraph, 4 December 2005.
- Prakash Jha Interview passionforcinema.com.
- About Prakash Jha
- Awards at imbd
- Uncensored 'Loknayak' to be screened soon
- Doordarshan decides to air controversial Prakash Jha film
- Jayaprakash Narayan deserved better
- Prakash Jha declines to change his film on JP
- “I am fully indebted to theatre”
- Chakravyuh’s shoot begins in city
- Arjun to enter ‘Chakravyuh’ next week
- Prakash Jha ties up with Eros International Media
- /'Chakravyuha' has nothing to do with 'Ko': Prakash Jha
- This is the first year in his career that Jha would be directing two films.
- After Nitish declined, I needed a party: Prakash Jha
- Of course, I'll contest elections: Prakash Jha - Times Of India
- ‘I will not contest an election again. Even without being an MP, I do whatever I can’ - Indian Express
- "Filmmaker Prakash Jha to contest Polls from Bettiah as a JDU Candidate". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- Faces After The Storm
- Gangajal - Awards 'Prakash Jha Productions'.
- Awards Internet Movie Database .
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Prakash Jha.|
- Prakash Jha at the Internet Movie Database
- Prakash Jha Productions website
- Interview - Director Prakash Jha at Rediff.com.