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Loknayak is a 2004 biographical film based on the life of Bharat Ratna Jayaprakash Narayan (JP). It was directed by Prakash Jha in 2004. Actor Chetan Pandit enacted the role of Jayaprakash Narayan and Tisca Chopra played role of Prabhavati Devi, wife of JP Narayan.
Chetan Pandit as Jayaprakash NarayanTisca Chopra as Prabhavati DeviTom Alter as Abul Kalam AzadGyan Dev Singh as Vinoba BhaveAshok Chauhan as Mahatma GandhiMeenakshi Thakur as KasturbaAshok Banthia as Ram Manohar LohiaAtul Srivastava as Lal Bahadur Shastri
EditingIrene Dhar Malik
Alankrita Srivastav was assistant director.
Loknayak was shot in Hazaribag, Patna, Sitab Diara, Chhapra (birthplace of JP), Mumbai and Satara. The film was made at the budget of ₹90 lakh (US$140,000) for the Ministry of Culture. Prakash Jha made the story on the basis of in-depth research along with interviews of eminent personalities like Sachchidananda Sinha, Chandra Shekhar, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L. K. Advani and Bimal Prasad.
Prakash Jha shot a scene in Jayaprakash Narayan Central Jail (earlier named Hazaribagh Central jail) to re-create the incident when JP, with Shaligram Singh, Suraj Nayaran Singh, Ramanandan Mishra, Yogendra Shukla and Gulab Chand Gupta (Gulabi Sonar) escaped from the jail on 9 November 1942.
The film was released in the first week of December 2004.