Prakash Jha, a director, film producer and screenwriter, was born on 27th of February 1952. ‘Prakash Jha Productions’ is his production venture.
Hailing from Bihar, Prakash Jha went on to study B.Sc Honors in Ramjas College. Eventually he stopped studies and came to Mumbai, wanting to be a painter. As he was preparing for entrance exam for a course in painting, Prakash Jha watched the movie Dharma, and thus developed a passion for film making. The year 1973 saw him joining the Film And Television Institute of India, Pune, in order to study editing. But unfortunately the studio was shut down and thus Prakash returned to Mumbai and earned his living.
Initially Prakash Jha was working on documentaries.
His documentary, 'Face After Storm' received the 'Best Non Feature Film National Award'. Prakash’s debut commercial film, Hip Hip Hurray was released in 1984. This film was written by Gulzar and had
Deepti Naval starring in it. Then came Damul in the same year and its stupendous success made Prakash a filmmaker to reckon with. The film gained both the National Award and Filmfare Award. His flick Parinati was released during the year 1986. This film had the talented
Nandita Das amongst others sharing screen space. The year 2010 saw Prakash directing the political thriller Rajneeti. The film took up the story of Mahabharat in today’s world.
Ajay Devgan, Nasureedin Shah and Manoj Bajpai acted in this film. Then Aarakshan was released which had
Deepika Padukone and
Saif Ali Khan sharing screen space.
During 2012 Prakash’s film Chakravyuh, starring
and Arjun Rampal, amongst others was released.
Prakash Jha also had a brief stint in politics but it didn’t work out. He is greatly involved in social activism; he is committed to a NGO named Anubhooti. Prakash Jha also did quite some TV serials.
On his personal front, Prakash Jha was wedded to Deepti Naval but later divorced. This couple had adopted a girl.