Prakash Jha is known for making films which are based on socio-political background. In the past, he has worked on movies like Aarakshan, Satyagraha and Jai Gangaajal and he will continue to do so. Amidst working on such hard-hitting scripts, the filmmaker/actor recently came across a real-life incident and found it compelling enough to be showcased on the silver screen. We are talking about his upcoming directorial – Pareeksha. His film was screened at the recently concluded 50th edition of International Film Festival Of India (IFFI 2019), which was held at Goa. Talking exclusively to us over a call from the land of beaches, Prakash Jha clarified that Pareeksha isn't about the Indian education system. In fact, it is unlike his previous films and quite different.
"It is about the aspirations of the underprivileged class which struggles to give their children the best of education and opportunities. It's about a rickshaw driver jo apne bacche ko acha education dena chahta hai, jaise vo bade logo ke baccho ko acche school mein lekar jaata hai, par vaisa education de nahi pata. Stories like these were doing rounds and that's how we built our own script," said Prakash Jha.
Further, in our conversation, we asked the director if his project is based on any real-life incident or a person. To which, he added, "Yes, it is. Bihar's DGP Abhay Anand had once told me a story about underprivileged naxals and meeting a bunch of kids. Once he met them and they started talking to him. He was astonished and influenced by their intelligence level. Jo log galat raaste pe chale jaate hai, unke baccho mein padhai ke taraf honesty toh hoti hi hai. This is what struck me. This story was on my mind even when I wrote the script of Pareeksha."
Pareeksha stars Adil Hussain, Priyanka Bose, and Sanjay Suri. The release date of the movie isn't announced yet.
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