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Prakash Jha

Prakash Jha

Biography:  Prakash Jha is an Indian film producer-director-screenwriter, who is most known for his political and socio-political films, Damul (1984), Mrityudand (1997), Gangaajal (2003) and Apaharan 2005. He is also the maker of National Film Award winning documentaries like, Face After Storm (1984) and Sonal (2002). He now runs a production company, 'Prakash Jha Productions'. Early Life And Education Prakash Jha was born and raised at his family's farm in Shikarpur Narkatiaganj, West Champaran, Bihar, India. He did his schooling from Sainik School Tilaya, Koderma district and Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Bokaro Steel City (now in Jharkhand), and spent his childhood in Bokaro Steel City. He completed his school education from there. 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 Bombay 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 a while, due to student agitation, so he came to Bombay and started working and completed the course in 1976. Career While still midway through his course, he started working on films independently in 1974, and he made his first documentary, 'Under the Blue' in 1975, and continued to do so for the next 8 years. 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 release 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 with Hip Hip Hurray in 1983, scripted by Gulzar and starring Raj Kiran and Deepti Naval as leads. Next came the film he received most recognition for, Damul (1984), which won the National Film Award for Best 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. Starting late 1980s, he made four TV series, like a 13 part classical dances from India, and the famous comedy series Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne, starring Raghuvir Yadav. In 1989, he took a sabbatical from films, and moved to Bihar for four years. During this period, he formed two organizations, Anubhooti, which trained young people from the region, in film making, and Samvedan, in Champaran, to promote small and micro industries. His first come back film in his second inning was Bandish (1996), starring Jackie Shroff and Juhi Chawala, which was followed by Mrityudand (1997), starring Madhuri Dixit and Shabana Azmi in lead roles and a story set in his homestate Bihar, and Gangaajal, with Ajay Devgan. This movie was a brain child of Mr. Mahendra Lalka (Retd. IPS), and it was yet again themed on Bihar, this time on the 1980 Bhagalpur blindings. In 2005, his film Apaharan, starring Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu, based on the growing kidnapping industry in India won him the Filmfare Best Dialogue Award in 2006. Over the years, he has made over 25 documentaries, nine feature films, two television features and three television series. Many of his films are concerned with highlighting social evil. Then he made the film Rajneeti, which is a contemporary take on the epic, Mahabharat, starring Ajay Devgan, Manoj Bajpai, Naseeruddin Shah, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Nana Patekar and Ranbir Kapoor. The film's global premieres were used to raise funds for the NGO Anubhooti in order to build a multi-functional hospital in Bihar that provided competent health care for the poor public of Bihar, Nepal, and its neighbouring states at a subsidized cost. Jha made his debut as a producer in Kolkata with an adaptation of his National Film Award winning 2003 Hindi film Gangaajal. He made this film to get back at Sadhu Yadav, who is a famous politician of that area. The Bengali adaptation of the story and screenplay was written by Ranjan Ghosh who made his scriptwriting debut with Aparna Sen's 2010 Bengali film, Iti Mrinalini. The film is a comment on contemporary Bengal politics with the 1980 Bhagalpur blindings as the backdrop. His elder brother Dr. Praveen Jha is a renowned professor of Economics at the much renowned centre for economic studies and planning and author of many books and articles. Politics Prakash Jha fought and lost in 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. Personal Life He was married to film actress, Deepti Naval.
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Prakash Jha

Name Prakash Jha
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Date Of Birth 27 Feb 1952
Age 72
Birth Place West Champaran, Bihar
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