Famous for directing and producing the hit Hindi political thriller Raajneeti (2010) and the National Film Award-winning crime movie Apaharan (2005), he is also notable for his work on the acclaimed documentary features Sonal (2002) and Faces After the Storm (1984).
After abandoning his physics coursework at Ramjas College, Delhi University, he pursued a career as a painter and then briefly studied at the Film and Television Institute of India.
In 2004, 2009, and 2014, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Indian Lok Sabha (lower parliamentary house).
Over the course of his nearly two-decade marriage to prolific Hindi film actress Deepti Naval, he raised an adopted child named Disha.
Ajay Devgan starred in Gangaajal, a 2003 action movie directed by Jha.
Prakash Jha’s first documentary was Under the Blue in 1975. He made his debut in Bollywood as a director in 1984 with the movie Hip Hip Hurray. Later he directed the movie Dumal which was based on bonded labour in Bihar. He went on to direct and produce many films. He has directed a number of TV-shows which include Mungerilal ke hasin Sapne.
Prakash Jha has been a Recipient of Many National Awards
Year Award Category
1984 Best Non-Feature Film Faces After The Storm
1985 Best Feature Film Damul
1987 Best Arts/Cultural Film Kudiattam
1988 Best Costume Design Parinati
1988 Best Industrial Documentary Looking Back
2002 Best Non-Feature Film Sonal
2004 Best Film on Other Social Issues Gangaajal
2006 Best Screenplay Apaharan
Prakash has been Involved with Social Service with the Help of the NGO Anubhooti.
He is the chairman of the NGO Anubhooti. Anubhooti has taken a few development initiatives in Bihar. They have established a few health care centres and vocational training facilities throughout the state of Bihar. Anubhooti is a registered society which has been dedicatedly taking efforts for the cultural development, healthcare improvement, disaster management and the improvement of farmers and socio-economically backward people in Bihar since 1991.
In Rajneeti, even though Katrina is not polished in her Hindi accent, Prakash Jha asked her to deliver long lengthy dialogues in chaste Hindi and to learn them by heart.
Katrina then disappeared for hours. Then just before the final take, Jha asked Katrina to speak the dialogues. To everyone’s surprise, Katrina mouthed her dialogues without a single mistake.