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Nationality  Indian
Name  Manish Jha

Role  Film director
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Born  3 May 1978 (age 37) (1978-05-03) Bihar
Occupation  film director, screenwriter
Movies  Anwar, Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without, The Legend of Michael, Mumbai Cutting, A Very Very Silent Film
Similar People  Siddharth Koirala, Pankaj Jha, Sudhir Pandey, Nauheed Cyrusi, Kayoze Irani

Production designed  A Very Very Silent Film

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Manish Jha (born 3 May 1978) is an Indian film director and screenwriter, most known for his films, A Very Very Silent Film (2001) and Matrubhoomi-A Nation Without Women (2003) which won him critical acclaim.


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Early life and education

Born in Narkatiaganj, in West Champaran district of Bihar, Jha grew up in Delhi where he had moved at an early age. He did his graduation in English from Ramjas College, Delhi University, where he also joined its theatre group aiming to become an actor.


After completing his studies, Jha moved to Mumbai and began working as an assistant director in television serials hoping to get a break. When the break never came, he made a five-minute documentary on the homeless putting in Rs 30,000, A Very Very Silent Film, which won the Jury Prize for the Best Short Film at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Thereafter he made his feature debut with Matrubhoomi (2003) about effects of female infanticide, which won a series of awards and critical acclaim. At the 2003 Venice Film Festival, it was presented in the Critic's Week (Parallel section) and later awarded the FIPRESCI Award "For it's important theme on women's issues and female infanticide handled with sensitivity by a first-time director".

His next was Anwar (2007), a film set in Lucknow, about stereotyping of Muslims in the post 9/11 era, the film was inspired his own experience in New York when according to him, two-day after the 9/11 while walking on the road, he was detained by the police and interrogated for five hours, since he was unshaven and had long hairs and looked like a Muslim man. In 2008, he directed the segment title, "And it Rained" in anthology film, with 11 directors, Mumbai Cutting, which became the closing film of 10th Osian's Cinefan Festival in Delhi.

He next directed a two-hour yoga DVD, Shilpa's Yoga (2008) for actress Shilpa Shetty, shot against the coastal backdrop of Kerala.

Personal life

Growing up he always wanted was to keep his hair long and act, though when tried enter the theatre group at Delhi's Ramjas College, he was asked to first cut off his long hair.


  • Matrubhoomi (2003)
  • Anwar (2007)
  • Mumbai Cutting (segment "And It Rained") (2010)
  • The Legend of Michael Mishra (2016)
  • Screenwriter
  • Matrubhoomi (2005)
  • Anwar (2007)
  • The Legend of Michael Mishra (2016)
  • Awards

    A Very Very Silent Film
  • Jury Prize for the Best Short Film at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival
  • Matruboomi
  • FIPRESCI Award in Parallel Section at the Venice Film Festival 2003
  • Audience Award for Best Film at the Kozlin Film Festival 2003, Poland
  • Audience Award for Best Foreign Film at Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2003
  • Nominated for Golden Alexander (Best Film) at Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2003
  • Audience Award for Best Film at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, 2003
  • References

    Manish Jha Wikipedia