Visiting artist-in-residence
M.S. Chadha Center for Global India

Prakash Jha is a filmmaker from India, widely known for his hard-hitting social and political commentary through film. Jha’s work transcends genres from documentary film to the artistic commercial cinema to Television series and encompasses screenplay writing, direction, production, and more recently, acting. His films challenge society to confront issues of bonded labor, caste, class, power, politics, corruption, patriarchy, and resistance. Since 1983, Jha has produced and directed 14 feature films, more than 25 documentaries, two featurettes, and three web series for television. He has won 10 national awards in India, and recognition at multiple International Film Festivals. Jha received Greece’s Kostas Kyriazis Award in 2008 for his contribution to human values, understanding, and cultural collaboration among fellow human beings. Over the past 10 years, his company, Prakash Jha Productions, has become successful in expanding the creative horizon of filmmaking in India by fostering new talent and collaborations. In his personal quest to explore newer forms of artistic expression, Jha has taken up acting, receiving acclaim in both feature and short films, including the recent award-winning short, Highway Nights (2021).