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Date of Birth 27-02-1952
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Prakash Jha (Hindi: प्रकाश झा, born 27 February 1952) is an Indian film producer-director-screenwriter, who is most known for his political and socio-political films such as Damul (1984), Mrityudand (1997), Gangaajal (2003), Apaharan (2005) and multistarrer hit movie Raajneeti (2010). He is also the maker of National Film Award winning documentaries like, Faces After The Storm (1984) and Sonal (2002).He now runs a production company, Prakash Jha Productions. Prakash Jha, owns the P&M Mall in Patna.
Early life and education Prakash Jha was born and raised at his family's farm in Baraharwa, Bettiah, 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). 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 happen 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 while, due to student agitation, so he came to Bombay, and started working, and never went back to complete the course.

Personal life

Prakash was at one time married to actress Deepti Naval with whom he has an adopted daughter Disha.


While still midway through his course, he started working on films independently, in 1974, and made his first documentary, Under the Blue in 1975, and continued to do so for 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 releasedthough 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, 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 with, Damul (1984), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature 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.


Prakash Jha contested and lost election to the Lok Sabha from his native Champaran in 2004. He again lost election to the Lok Sabha in 2009 as Lok Janashakti Party candidate from West Champaran.Social initiatives For the last five years Prakash Jha has been seriously involved with development initiatives in Bihar. He has been spearheading growth in infrastructure, health care and vocational training facilities in the state through the NGO Anubhooti Prakash Jha is the chairman of Anubhooti, a registered society that has been working for cultural development, improvement of health care, disaster management and the upliftment of farmers and socio-economic backward people in Bihar since 1991.Most recently, the organization has been working for flood survivors. After the Kosi flood on 18 August 2008, Anubhooti has provided complete relief to 6000 people since September 2008. Anubhooti has created a model village, Hindolwa village, for the flood affected and is working towards their complete rehabilitation.


Dialogue WriterGangaajal (2003)Mrityudand (1997)Rajneeti (2010)DirectorHip Hip Hurrey (1984)Damul (1985)Parinati (1989)Bandish (1996)Mrityudand (1997)Dil Kya Kare (1999)Rahul (2001)Gangaajal (2003)Apaharan (2005)Raajneeti (2010)Aarakshan (2011)Chakravyuh(2012) (Pre-production)Satyagraha(2013) (Announced)Gangaajal 2 (Announced)[25]Love story (Announced)ProducerSatyagrah (Announced)Aarakshan (2011)Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011)Turning 30 (2011)Raajneeti (2010)Khoya Khoya Chand (2007)Dil Dosti Etc (2007)Apaharan (2005)Gangaajal (2003)Mrityudand (1997)Bandish (1996)Parinati (1989)Damul (1985)


Gangaajal (2003)Dil Kya Kare (1999)Mrityudand (1997)[edit]Story WriterApaharan (2005)Gangaajal (2003)Dil Kya Kare (1999)Damul (1985)

National Film Awards

1984: National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film: Faces After The Storm (1984)1985: National Film Award for Best Feature Film: Damul (1985)1987: National Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film: Kudiattam1988: National Film Award for Best Costume Design: Parinati1988: National Film Award for Best Industrial Documentary: Looking Back2002: National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film: Sonal 2004: National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues: Gangaajal (2003)2006: National Film Award for Best Screenplay: Apaharan (2005).

Filmfare Awards
1983: Best Documentary of the year: Faces After The Storm (1983)1985: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie: Damul (1985)2006:Filmfare Best Dialogue Award: Apaharan (2005)

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