Prakash Jha is one of the most renowned actors, director, and producer in Bollywood. He is known for making movies on sensitive issues that touch the soul of the audiences. Also, his approach towards the cinema is quite realistic and focuses on issues that the Indian society faces. In his movies, we can see the perfection in storyline and screenplay and an excellent acting from its star cast. He lets his actors go with the flow and guides them to give their best on the big screen. He has the art of portraying the best essence of cult cinema that is going to last in the memories of the people for decades to come. With his perfection, he has several trophies to his name including the
National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards for direction. Let’s go through some of his best movies till date.
It’s a Hindi drama film which focuses on bonded labor in Bihar. The movie is based on the story ‘Kaalsootra’ by writer Shaiwal. Main leads of the flick are
Annu Kapoor, Sreela Mazumdar, and
Manohar Singh. The movie depicts the story of a bonded laborer who is under slavery to steal for his landlord till he is alive. The film revolves around a rural area of Bihar and depicts the dirty politics and suppression of lower caste, leading to an outrage. It also shows how the people from small areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh leave for richer cities such as Mumbai and Punjab to earn something and live a better life. The film has received a lot of applauds from critics and viewers. The movie also got the National Award for the best film.
It’s a Hindi drama movie, released in the year 1997. The film features
Mohan Agashe, and
Ayub Khan. The music, given by Anand-Milind, is quite captivating. The film talks about gender inequality and social unfairness. Just like his other movies, here too, Prakash Jha focuses on social outrage. His films are mostly art movies which are way different from commercial ones. His films plots are normally based in the small towns of UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, and others. This movie also revolves around Madhuri Dixit and Ayub Khan, who are living in Bilaspur, a small town in Bihar. The film begins with the killing of two innocent women and how the culprits escape under the influence of some corrupt leaders and administrators. Madhuri Dixit’s husband also gets lured into the trap of a corrupt and drunkard contractor, Tirpat Singh and starts abusing and beating his wife (Madhuri) in the movie, making her and their family life miserable. How both get over this tragedy and how the women of the town rise against this social injustice are beautifully shown in the film.
It’s an Indian political drama and war film, released in the year 2012. It’s a typical Prakash Jha movie, where he portrays the issue of Naxalites and their outrage against the system. The flick revolves around two close friends,
Abhay Deol and
Arjun Rampal. Arjun is a cop in the movie who is fighting against the Naxals. His friend, played by Abhay, decides to work for him as an intruder into the gang of
Manoj Bajpayee, who plays the role of a leader of a Naxalite group. Finally, he wins their faith and starts sending out sensitive information about the group activities. Later on, Manoj learns the truth. The film revolves around the tortures done to Abhay and whether he is safely retrieved by Arjun Rampal after getting trapped. The plot and sequences of the flick are quite catchy and keep the excitement level at its peak.
Yeh Saali Zindagi
It's another gem from Prakash Jha, released in the year 2011. The film features
Chitrangada Singh, and Aditi Rao Hyadri in the lead roles. The film stars Irrfan Khan, who is working for
Saurabh Shukla and helps him in running an illegal business. Irrfan is in love with Chitrangada, but she is attracted towards
Vipul Gupta in the film.
Yashpal Sharma, who plays the role of a gangster, gets into a fight with Minister Anil Verma and ends up in jail. The story takes a turn when, in an attempt to get Yashpal released, instead of kidnapping the son-in-law of the minister, the members of his gang trap
Vipul Mehta and Chitrangada Singh. Knowing this, how Irrfan goes ahead and risks his life to rescue his love Chitrangada is what the flick depicts. The acting, the plot, the screenplay, is all up to the mark and has received a lot of praise from the critics.
It’s a 1989 Hindi drama, which portrays a real story from a novel by Vijaydan Detha. The story revolves around Basant Josalkar who is a potter and somehow, manages to earn the livelihood of his wife and a young son. Later, a businessman enters into their life and offers them to run his inn. The story takes a twist when they turn greedy and start killing and looting their customers.The plot of the story has earned an overwhelming response from the audience. Also, Prakash Jha’s direction is excellent which makes the movie a must watch at least once.
It’s a crime drama thriller which reminds us of the black industry of abduction. There still are some areas of India, where this is a business in the name of protection. The main leads of the film are
Nana Patekar, and
Bipasha Basu. The story revolves around a father-son duo, played by Mohan Agashe and Ajay Devgan respectively. The film depicts how the rift in the ideologies of the father and the son lands Ajay Devgan into the dark world of Apaharan (abduction). Here, Nana Patekar plays the role of a corrupt politician and the king behind all the abductions. Later, Ajay Devgan realizes his mistakes and wants to go back to having a normal life, but it’s too late, and he decides to sacrifice his life to get rid of this mess. The flick got an overwhelming response from critics and audience.
It’s a crime drama film, released in the year 2003, which got a lot of praise from the viewers. The main leads of the movie are Ajay Devgan,
Gracy Singh, and
Mukesh Tiwari. The film depicts corruption in the Police Department and how some senior officers influence few crimes for the sake of money. The story revolves around the small town of Tezpur in Bihar, which is under the rule of
Mohan Joshi and Yashpal Sharma and bears the brunt of their actions. The story takes a twist when Ajay Devgan enters as a Superintendent of Police and demolishes their kingdom and brings law and order at normalcy. It’s a story that focuses on how he achieves this and the sacrifices made by him during the process.
It’s a political drama with a lot of thrill, which keeps the audiences excited during the film. The main leads of the film are Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar,
Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpayee, and
Naseeruddin Shah. The movie raised a lot of controversy because of the character played by Katrina Kaif, which people believed to resemble
Sonia Gandhi. The film garnered a huge amount at the box-office. The story revolves around Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor who are brothers. Ranbir is doing his Ph.D. and decides to return to the US but, destiny has something else written for him when his father, who is a CM, gets assassinated and he has to stay with his family. The movie is a race to become the heir of the party. The director has tried to draw a parallel between Indian politics and Mahabharatha. ‘The Kissa Kursi Ka’ is a better title and who gets it can be seen in the movie.
It’s a socio-political film, released in the year 2011. The movie hits back at the caste-based reservations in government jobs and educational institutes in India. The main leads of the film are
Deepika Padukone, and
Saif Ali Khan. The story revolves around Saif Ali Khan who works with Amitabh Bachchan in his college, STM, as a professor. The story takes a turn when the minister of the state wants to enroll his no-good nephew in STM but is turned down by Amitabh Bachchan. He appoints Manoj Bajpayee against Amitabh Bachchan on the College Board. Manoj starts his educational classes to shut down Amitabh’s Institutions. How he saves his institution amidst the caste-based reservation politics is what the movie depicts.
It’s a crime-drama film released in the year 2016. The flick brought out a different avatar of Prakash Jha, this time as an actor. The movie got an overwhelming response from the audiences for its story and the power-packed performances of the actors. The main cast includes
Priyanka Chopra, Prakash Jha, and
Manav Kaul. Priyanka plays the role of Superintendent of Police in the town of Lakhisarai, which is under the control of the mafias, Babloo Pandey and his brother, played by Manav Kaula and
Ninad Kamat respectively. The story takes a u-turn when Abha Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) enters, bringing their wrongdoings to a halt. The film got a lot of praise for the acting of Prakash Jha and Priyanka Chopra. There were a few instances in the film where Prakash Jha, who is in the role of a corrupt cop, overshadows Priyanka’s character.