Today, we celebrate the birthday of a renowned producer-director and screenwriter, Prakash Jha!
Jha was brought up at his family's farm in Bihar and began his education at a school in Jharkand followed by university in Delhi. After making it through one year of a BSc (Hons) in Physics, he decided to move to Mumbai and joined the J.J School of Arts to become a painter. During that time, he got the chance to view the shooting of the movie Dharma (1973) and was instantly hooked to film-making! Followed by that, he joined the Film and Television Institute Of India in Pune in 1973. Midway to completion of his course of editing, the institution was shut down and Jha returned to Mumbai to begin working.
While doing his course, Jha made a documentary of his own, Under The Blue in 1975, and this continued for the coming eight years! One among many of his documentaries is Faces After Storm (1984) which was a political-focused documentary, and it won him the National Film Award For Best Non-Feature Film, despite having it been banned within a couple of days of it being released!
His debut as a feature film director happened to be in 1984 for Hip Hip Hurray. His most successful feature film is the one he directed in 1984 as well Damul, which was about the bonded labour issue in Bihar. The movie won Jha a National Film Award For Best Feature Film and also the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. Jha has not just made political-based movies, but also other movies, such as Dil Kya Kare (1999) and Rahul (2001).
His most recent movies consist of Raajneeti (2010), Aarakshan (2011), Chakravyuh (2012) and Satyagraha (2013). All are political-based movies which have a huge star cast and all did well at the box office. In 2014, it is rumored that he will be directing and releasing Raajneeti 2, which will star Katrina Kaif in a central role of a powerful politician.
Along with that, Jha also owns his own production company known as the Prakash Jha Productions, and the P&M Mall in Patna.
On his birthday, here is a playlist of some of the songs from his top movies:
- "Dil Kya Kare" - Dil Kya Kare
- "Piya Ki Jogan" - Rahul
- "Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si" - Raajneeti
- "Mora Piya" - Raajneeti
- "Acha Lagta Hai" - Aarakshan
- "Mehngai" - Chakravyuh
- "Satyagraha" - Satyagraha
As this multi-talented personality goes on to begin another chapter of his life, we at BollyCurry wish him a very happy birthday!
Writer: Harjot D.
Editors: Shreya S. and Gunia M.
Graphics: Virina R.
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