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100 years of history through Jha’s lens

Patna, Dec 12: Filmmaker Prakash Jha today met state education minister P.K.Shahi and education department principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh as part of his plan to make a documentary on Bihar.

According to the government’s plan to celebrate Bihar’s centenary next year, the Bettiah-born filmmaker, who made Bollywood hits such as Damul, Apaharan, Gangajal and Rajneeti, wants his documentary to revolve around the culture, history and people of the state.

Bihar was carved out of Bengal Presidency in 1912.

A meeting that was supposed to be held between Jha and Shahi, along with other education department officials, today, was postponed till tomorrow because the filmmaker reached Patna late. Singh said: “Jha was late in reaching Patna because his flight was delayed. The meeting will be held at 11am tomorrow.”

Jha told The Telegraph: “The film will be made according to the state government’s requirements.”

The documentary is part of the government’s attempt to promote Brand Bihar and highlight the state’s heritage and culture.

Sources said Jha was not charging anything to make the documentary. Earlier, a unit from Jha’s production team had visited the state and expressed desire to make a documentary on Bihar. They had then met a seven-member team representing the state.

Jha’s production team would give a presentation on some scenes of the documentary, which they have already shot, to Shahi and Singh tomorrow. The sources said the documentary would feature some famous tourists spots such as Nalanda, Vikramshila, Bodhgaya, Gaya and the Kosi region. It will also have accounts on Bihar’s history, festivals and human resource.