Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:45:00 GMT | By PTI

My films not issue-based, they are emotional: Prakash Jha

Filmmaker Prakash Jha talks about his upcoming film 'Satyagraha'; says it has no resemblance with Anna Hazare's movement


My films not issue-based, they are emotional: Prakash Jha (© Varinder Chawla)

New Delhi: Prakash Jha is expert in making films out of newspaper headlines but the director says he is a commercial filmmaker whose stories deal with emotions and not with issues.

"My films are not issue-based rather they are emotional. If I don't have strong emotions in my stories, then I think nobody will watch them. My films are very commercial," Jha told PTI in an interview.

Jha, 61, often lands in trouble for his films, which revolve around political controversies. His 'Gangaajal' was inspired by the blinding incident at Bhagalpur, he portrayed the kidnappings in Bihar through 'Apaharan'. Similarly, his last release ‘Chakravyuh’ dealt with the naxal problem.

The director is now looking forward to the release of 'Satyagraha', where he takes on the wave of protests that rocked the nation recently though he denies that the film has anything to do with Anna Hazare movement.

"My film has no connection with Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal's protest. It has got many protests scenes but we cannot say that it has resemblance with Anna Hazare's movement. There are so many protests going around the world, which became my inspiration.

"'Satyagraha' is about a son's discontentment. He thinks greed is a good thing but his father thinks just opposite and my film is about how their thought process affect others associated with them," Jha said.

The director is happy that ‘Satyagraha’ has created a strong buzz much prior to its August 30 release.

"It's good that people are talking about the film. If a direct request from Anna Hazare team comes to preview the film, we are ready for it," Jha said when asked whether he would screen the movie to Hazare's team.

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