Filmmaker Prakash Jha is not limiting himself to being behind the camera for his upcoming directorial offering, Satyagraha, which is based on a mass movement against corruption. He will be seen in a cameo role in the film.
"Jha is likely to have a small presence in the film, but the character he plays will be pivotal to the mass movement and the politics happening around it,” says an insider from the production.
This won’t be Jha’s first acting experience.
He was seen essaying a small role in Aarakshan (2011). Talking about his dedication as an actor, the source says, “He made the assistant director of the film take charge of the sequence. He spent almost four hours before he locked the final shot."
Besides Jha, the screenplay writer of Satyagraha, Anjum Rajabali, will also be seen in the sequence. “Anjum has been working with Jha since Apaharan (2005). Though this is his first acting stint for Jha’s film, he has faced the camera before. He has appeared in films like Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), Ghajini (2008) and Turning 30 (2011),” explains the source. “Jha thought Anjum would be perfect for the character he has sketched and getting Anjum on board wasn’t difficult."
When contacted, Jha confirmed the news, but refrained from divulging details before the release of the film. Satyagraha will hit theatres this Friday.
LOST: director Prakash Jha lost the Lok Sabha elections for the third time in his political career when he was defeated in West Champaran by BJP's Sanjay Jaiswal. (Agency)