05 August, 2021

It’s Rajneeti Redux

Prakash Jha had taken a break from politics. But he’s back again.

It’s Rajneeti Redux
  • This is director Prakash Jha’s third attempt to seek election. He had earlier contested in 2004 and 2009 and lost.
  • For some years, he again concentrated on making films—with political themes, like Rajneeti, starring Katrina Kaif
  • Jha tells people his previous failures have made him long even more to serve people. He hopes they’ll give him the job he seeks.


He’s in a white shirt, Reebok trackpants, Nike sneakers, and springs up the stairs to record a voice message to the voters of this constituency. Surrounded by aides in his war room, filmmaker Prakash Jha, 62, is taking stock of his campaign—accounts, publicity, the works. “I’ve sent printed letters to most families living here,” he says. “And when are the scarves arriving?” In a while, he hits the road. It’s 8 am but the heat is scorching. An advance party of vans with LED TVs is already fanning out. Rigged up locally, these vans are the filmmaker’s way of...

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