Prakash Jha is one of the most unexceptionally unconventional filmmakers of Bollywood. His films don’t entertain you, but they make you think deeply about your country and various issues which are plaguing it since independence. If you expect a fluffy, masala entertainer from him, then it is better you look somewhere else, because Jha’s films are always rooted in reality and deal with dark stories revolving around politics, corruption and a plethora of social issues. But after writing, producing and directing numerous critically and financially successful films, Prakash Jha took to acting with ‘Jai Gangaajal’ in 2016 and delivered a hard-hitting performance, along with directing the film. The movie, toplined by Priyanka Chopra, saw Jha in the role of a corrupt, dishonest cop who has a change of heart and fights against those who once patronized him. Critics gave Jha full marks for his terrific performance in the movie. And people believed that a director can be a good actor, too.
Born on 27 February 1952 in Bettiah, West Champaran, Bihar, India, Prakash Jha is best known for directing and producing some of the path-breaking political and socio-political films. Some of his most notable movies include ‘Damul’ (1984), ‘Mrityudand’ (1997) and ‘Gangaajal’ (2003), ‘Apaharan’ (2005). ‘Raajneeti’ (2010), ‘Aarakshan’ (2011) and ‘Satyagraha’ (2013) are some of his most successful films where he managed to bring together some of the biggest actors from the film industry. Jha is also the maker of National Film Award winning documentaries ‘Faces After The Storm’ (1984) and ‘Sonal’ (2002).
TRIVIA: In 2004, 2009, and 2014, he unsuccessfully contested elections for a seat in the Indian Lok Sabha.