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Prakash Jha Quick Facts
|Birth Date/Birth Place||(1952-02-27) 27 February 1952
West Champaran, Bihar, India
|Job(s)||Film producer, director, screenwriter, actor|
|Relationship(s)||Deepti Naval (1985-1989)|
|Website(s)||Prakash Jha Productions|
Prakash Jha , born February 27, 1952 in West Champaran, Bihar, India, is an Indian director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his socially and politically engaged films such as Damul (1984), Mrityudand (1997) and Gangaajal (2003). He is also the director of the documentaries Face After Storm (1984) and Sonal (2002) about the awards at the National Film Award.
Currently, he runs his own production company: Prakash Jha Productions.
Prakash Jha’s Biography
Prakash Jha was born into a farming family in Shikarpur, Bihar, India. He studied at the Sainik School Tilaya, then at Ramjas College. He later studied physics at the University of Delhi but abandoned this course after a year to go to Mumbai considering a career as a painter. While preparing to enter the School of Arts, he attended the filming of the film Dharma and was seduced by the film. He joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune in 1973.
He married actress Deepti Naval from whom he is now separated.
He started working on independent films in 1974 and made his first documentary Under the Blue in 1975. He stayed in this genre for 8 years and made some very politically committed documentaries such as Faces After Storm (1984), which aroused great attention because of the ban on its release for 4 to 5 years & nbsp ;; he won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film.
He began his career as a filmmaker in 1983 with Hip Hip Hurray, whose screenplay was written by Gulzar and which brings together Raj Kiran and Deepti Naval on the screen. Then, he signed Damul (1984), a great success, which won the National Film Award for Best Film and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film in 1985. In 1986, he directed Parinati.
In the late 1980s, he directed 4 television series, such as Classical dances from India and the famous comedy Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne with Raghuvir Yadav.
In 1989, he interrupted his career and went to Bihar for four years. During this period, he founded two associations Anubhooti, intended to sensitize the young people of this region to the cinema and Samvedan, to Champaran, promoting the small industries.
He made his comeback in filmmaking with Bandish (1996), bringing together Jackie Shroff and Juhi Chawla, then with Mrityudand (1997) bringing together Madhuri Dixit and Shabana Azmi, and finally with Gangaajal with Ajay Devgan. In 2005, he toured Apaharan, with Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu, and won the Best Dialogue Filmfare Award in 2006.
He has directed more than 25 documentaries, 9 films, 5 television series. Many of his achievements are socially engaged.
He is currently directing Rajneeti, a contemporary adaptation of Mahabharat, featuring Ajay Devgan, Manoj Bajpai, Naseeruddin Shah, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Nana Patekar and Ranbir Kapoor. Part of the gains related to this film are for the construction of a hospital in Bihar welcoming the poor population of this region and Nepal.
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