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|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, novelist|
|Spouse(s)||Priyanka Sinha Jha|
Piyush Jha grew up in Mumbai, Maharashtra from the age of 8. He did all his schooling in Mumbai, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Mumbai and following it up with an MBA from K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research.
Jha began his career in advertising as an account executive at Grey Global Group- India. He later worked in DDB Mudra in strategic account management with clients such as Procter & Gamble and Godrej Group. He started getting interested in the creative aspect of advertising and began with directing in-house ad films for client companies and soon moved to directing corporate films as well.
In 2000, the Government of India's NFDC produced his first feature film, Chalo America, about three Indian college boys obsessed with the American dream, and how they concoct various schemes to find a way to the US. It was a selection at the Indian Panorama Section at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), and was shown at international film festivals such as those in Shanghai, Cairo, San Diego, Dhaka, and Atlanta.
After continuing to make ad films, Jha returned to the big screen in 2004, with the first Indian film in the "mockumentary" genre, King of Bollywood, starring Om Puri and British supermodel Sophie Dahl. It tells the story of an aging Bollywood movie star.
In 2009, after his extensive travels around India and the world, Jha decided to pick up on another serious issue: terrorism in Kashmir. Sikandar is a story about a young boy who finds a gun on his way to school, and how that affects his life, and the life of the little village he lives in. Sikandar was selected in the international film festivals in Dubai, IFFLA in LA, Edmonton in Canada, MIACC in New York, and Stuttgart in Germany, among others. The film was highly acclaimed by critics, including those of the mainstream popular media (Nikhat Kazmi, renowned film critic of the Times of India, India's largest selling English daily, gave it a 3.5 star rating).
Jha is married to Priyanka Sinha Jha, the Group Editor - Entertainment of the Network18 Group.
Jha has written crime and thriller novels. His debut novel, Mumbaistan, is a collection of three crime fiction thriller novellas which explore the underbelly of Mumbai. The books Compass Box Killer and Anti-Social Network revolve around a Mumbai based policeman, Inspector Virkar, and his cat and mouse chase with murderers and serial killers. Jha's latest crime fiction book Raakshas: India's No. 1 Serial Killer is about a female police commissioner Maithili Prasad's encounter with an anonymous serial killer, who murders women by decapitating them.
Apart from crime fiction, Jha has also written a satirical novella called The Great Indian Bowel Movement which talks about issues of open defecation and inadequate sanitation in India.
Writer and director
- Mumbaistan (2012)
- Compass Box Killer: An Inspector Vikrar Crime Thriller (2013)
- Anti-Social Network: An Inspector Vikrar Crime Thriller (2014)
- Raakshas: India's No. 1 Serial Killer (2016)
- "The Great Indian Bowel Movement" (2017)
Festival official selections
- Chalo America: Indian Panorama Section at the International Film Festival of India, 1999; and the international film festivals of Shanghai, Cairo, San Diego, Dhaka, and Atlanta, amongst others.
- King of Bollywood: international film festivals in Bradford, UK (Bite the Mango Festival); Tel Aviv, Israel; New York City; Toronto, Canada; Melbourne, Australia, and others.
- Sikandar: international film festivals, Dubai, IFFLA in LA, Edmonton in Canada, MIACC in New York, and Stuttgart in Germany, among others.
- Sikandar was nominated for the Ramnath Goenka Award for 'Movies That Make a Difference' at the 2010 Star Screen Awards.
- Parzaan Dastur was nominated for Best Child Artiste for his eponymous role in Sikandar at the 2010 Star Screen Awards.
- Parzaan Dastur was nominated for BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE – MALE at The Max Stardust Awards 2010.
- Mumbaistan was long-listed for the Tata Lit Live Best First Book Award-2012.
- "I'm a male who has a female gaze, says author-filmmaker Piyush Jha". The Indian Express. 19 January 2016.
- Ravi, S. (13 June 2014). "Extortion reinvented". The Hindu.
- "Small talk with Piyush Jha: Pulp fixation". Mumbai Mirror.
- "Piyush Jha's novel 'Mumbaistan' to be made into film". News18.
- "Home Videos". nfdcindia.com. National Film Development Corporation of India. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Om shakti". Tribune India. The Tribune. 12 September 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Dig at Bollywood". The Hindu. The Hindu. 27 September 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/features/in-sikandar-im-depicting-that-militancy-is-on-wane-in-kashmir-piyush-jha/. Missing or empty
- Moview Review: Sikandar by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India, 20 August 2009.
- "Vidya Balan launches Piyush Jha's book 'Rakshas India's No 1 Serial Killer'". Bollywoodlife.com. India Webportal Private Limited. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Book Review: Raakshas by Piyush Jha". tell-a-tale.com. Tell-A-Tale. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- Raghavan, Nikhil (10 December 2012). "Crime in Maximum City". The Hindu.
- "Mumbai murders". Deccan Herald. 26 October 2013.
- Ravi, S. (13 June 2014). "Extortion reinvented". The Hindu.
- "Book review: The making and unmaking of a serial killer". The Indian Express. 22 December 2015.
- Kumar, Sheila (13 February 2016). "On a knife's edge". The Hindu.
- "Open defecation is a social malaise that affects every Indian: Author Piyush Jha". theweek.in.
- "In Mumbai's Good Books: Lit Fests in big cities have turned into selfie-ops". hindustantimes.com/. 10 December 2016.
- https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/life-style/gyan-zone/filmy-food-for-thought/180129.html. Missing or empty
- "In Mumbai's Good Books: Bookshelves are making a comeback in living rooms". hindustantimes.com/. 11 April 2017.
- "From John to Emraan: Bollywood celebrities have taken over the book shelf". hindustantimes.com/. 13 November 2016.
- "A place in Mumbai where the bookstores have no names". hindustantimes.com/. 22 July 2016.