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Son of a soldier, I was born in Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district, Bihar. My childhood days were spent in an earthy rural life. I was deeply inspired by the rich folk culture of Buddha’s own land, Bihar. Right from the beginning, I Grew up with real images of Melas, Ramleelas, Bahuripiyas, incredible rituals, strong religious milieu and the vibrant Mithila Art. Natural calamities like flood and drought gifted unforgettable images. Changing seasons of rural life on the bank of river Ganga matured into a sense of poetry and language. Wonder years passed chasing steam trains that passed through the fields of my native village. Listening to radio programs made for defense personals was my only window to the outside world. With such a treasure of inspirational experiences a story teller evolved. I am a practicing film maker in Bombay today.

Friday, September 01, 2006

avant garde blogging


bloggers meet director is avant garde in bollywood blogging.
today i am very happy for my debut film "PRAAN JAYE PAR SHAAN NA JAYE" as it is going to be a part of such a wonderful idea.
my struggle of six years to become a film director in bollywood is a story in itself,and making of my debut film is another.it wasn't smooth.
also film recieved very strong and critical reviews from bollywood critics when it was released in may 2003.
when i got introduced to blogging and discovered bollywood among bloggers,i decided to be a part of this new world and make new friends.
and when i requested my blogger friend michael to review the film he pleasantly surprised me by taking such an initiative.
now i am looking forward to some fresh reviews.
this initiative will add a new page to the biography of the film.
cheers!!!

36 Comments:

Blogger Assorted Observations and Thoughts said...

Hello,
This is nice. I am sure this will add renewed energy to Praan Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye. Wewould like to know how you got intorduced to blogging. :)
Good wishes

11:45 PM  
Blogger michael said...

bloggin is more than promotion - the blogs for rang de basanti were nothing understanding the connecting and discussing powers of blogosphere.
blogging is interactiv connection between places, ideas and opinions. that what you, sanjaym have understood. together it will become an interesting experience for all of us.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Keshi said...

blogging is a magical experience.

Keshi.

5:39 PM  
Blogger vishal anand said...

hi
i am the guy who wrote that End Of Innocence" Post . Yup , i think making a film on this is a good idea .
i also sent an email conveying the same .
Cheers
Vishal Anand http://solemnconfessions.blogspot.com/

4:35 AM  
Blogger Aswin said...

This is a terrific idea! And I think others who have attempted connecting to the world of blogs have done so in an un-sustainable manner. Going online for one film, and then forgetting about the blog doesn't help at all - it seems little more than a gimmick.

I'd be interested in seeing how your engagement with fans online works out in the long run.

4:38 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yes, i agree! It seems like an awesome idea. I read about it on michael's blog - i'll be interested to read the reviews!
good luck!
-Amy

6:20 PM  
Blogger shuchika said...

sanjay,

great initiative and thanks for dropping by on my blog. promise to be a regular.

Thanks

11:45 PM  
Blogger shuchika said...

sanjay,

great idea.

will drop in regularly now.

11:45 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

thank you all guys.
i am also very excited and waiting to read reviews.
its amazing feeling,almost like the same when you wait for the box-office result on fridays of new release.
all credit goes to blogger friends and power of blogging,ofcourse initiated my michael.thank you michael.
hey try and join by writing a review on the film,i will get to learn a lot.
in india vcd of the film copy is available easyly in sixty rupees only.
cheers.

2:14 AM  
Blogger Ajit Chouhan said...

Namaskar Jha G,

Thanks for your comments.We are working on building a better brand
and present a case of Patent for the Rice and work on improving the trade
opportunties for Patna Rice.It's a full fledged project which has been
taken by 7 of us who are part of the core team.For more you can visit
the official site www.patnarice.org

You can join the coolbihari group by visiting the link below.
http://in.groups.yahoo.com/group/coolbihari

Most of the prominent blogger from Bihar are part of this
group.Infact CoolBihari blog is the 1st blog which is dedicated to Bihar.

Do join us in making a Bihar of our dreams.
Also we are planing to make have movie/documentary on the various types of marriages in Bihar.It would be great if you can join this venture and help us in showcasing the cultural richness of Bihar.

You can see the link below on the idea behind this documentary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BunMusJEVqQ

Bhai G mails to your id are bouncing back.

Thanks,

Ajit

3:04 AM  
Blogger Ruchika said...

This seems like quite an interesting idea if the effort is sustained over a period of time, to give the idea time to grow and become popular... would be a good interaction I suppose..

6:42 AM  
Blogger michael said...

its some good idea for using the power of blogging - blogging means interaction, and sanjay, you seem one of less guys who have understood that. we, the participating blogs, thank you for that.

and, what i've seen until now is someway special. interesting movie ... :) more soon :)

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anupam said...

Hi Boss
Novelty and you,both are symbiotic you need newness and newness needs people like you! keep doin ..all the best!

12:47 AM  
Blogger V N said...

Sanjay

I am yet to see your movie, and I would be glad to write on it once I get to see it. And its sad that i missed the screening of STRINGS at Trivandrum. I could even have got to meet u!!

:(

Another time, maybe!
:)

7:14 AM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste velu.
my film can be available in your town,you may try.
dvd of strings will be released very soon,and i will expect your reviews on it.
missed to wish you happy onam...
cheers.
jhaji.

9:30 PM  
Blogger V N said...

Sure Sanjay!
I shall see if I can grab a copy soon.
:)

6:15 AM  
Blogger manjulakshmi said...

hey gr888 director....
thanks a looooooot 4 dropping by on my blog...iam really surprised and glad 2 see ur comment in my blog coz i seriously tink tat my blog is an avrge one and tu tell the truth it was creatd as part of an assignment of "new media tech" ...one of the subjcts i had 2 study {unfortunately or fortunately}for my PG.
nywayz...thanks once again...nd all the very best for ur new film...btb i liked ur blog template..not 4getng vat u've written ....gud one...really gud...

11:40 PM  
Blogger Lady Lux said...

interesting!...I've never met a film person who blogs...a first for me...I hope everything about your craft works well and that you find the same "thrill" i did in blogosphere!...there's nothing quite like it!..

6:25 AM  
Blogger Arch said...

Hey Jha,

Well...wat do i say?? Mr.Director?? Anyways first things first , thanx for dropping into my blog n leaving a comment too....:-)

About this movie....i havent seen it yet...but then if u have anything to do with it then am game for some popcorn n this pic....will surely watch it n let u know wat i think....am sure my hubby wud love to watch it coz of the "Mahesh Manjrekar" factor!!!

But as of now...just a question....why are the movie names so long these days??? Any particular reason for it? U know u shud take some lite topics like this n rite on that, that wud make a fun read....so wish u all the best in life....

Cheers!!! Amigos!!!

9:09 PM  
Blogger Kishor Cariappa said...

Hey, are you connected to Prakash Jha by any chance?? Anyways, all the best.

6:09 AM  
Blogger SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

U sure r into some interesting stuff here...Know how u would feel now after the long and hard work is gng to come alive...I read the story line I am impressed..It is very much a day to day matter n it is nice to see such movies being made rather than the typical or lets say oh way too familiar hero singing around and the movie being more self centered n being made more for the songs than the movie in its enterity...This has a strong presence n all the best for the same! :)

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Rolly said...

Just to say hello to you.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Hiren said...

There used to be an old movie called Pran jaaye par vachan na jaaye. Jo bhi jaaye , film flop na jaaye.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for'assorted observations...'

hey thank you.yes fresh reviews will give learning experiences and ideas to analyse film better,i am looking forward to them...
and i thank michael for the initiative.and i got introduced to blogging through a very dear british friend,along with my urge to get connected to lot of other people with similar interest,and today i am successful in my venture,i have many friends.
keep dropping.
cheers.

12:34 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

for,michael...

nameste,
i am very much interested in knowing about my film through your initiative.in india i got very strong views from critics,and often got very discouraged...
but i have not given up on the faith and will continue making films with original approach and in new forms making a style of my own...
thank you in advance.
cheers.
jhaji.

thank you

keshi
aswin
amy
suchika
ruchika
anupam

nameste luxlucisvita,
thank you for dropping,i love blogging because its very close encounter with the people of similar interest...
hope very soon others from bollywood will join us,
cheers.

arch nameste,
thank you for dropping...
try and view my film and to the reviews,and its great idea to write on 'new treand of long title'
will invite my other bolly blogger friend to write on this too...
cheers.

nameste kishor
i am only connected to prakash jha by my profession,we both are director from bollywood,and i love his films...
jhaji.

scribblez nameste,
thank you for your comments,
happy blogging.

hello to you too rolly...

hiren let me know your views about my films...
cheers.
jhaji.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous zingtrial said...

hi just blogjumping He!He!He! Liked reading what you write,
Wish you well

2:34 PM  
Blogger hope and love said...

namaste..
great to meet you..
:))
ur blog looks awesome..!!
txs for visiting my blog..

9:50 AM  
Anonymous sanna said...

Dear Sanjay,
Via another blog I landed in your domain this night. I am a non-desi Bollywood fan who is always looking for new films, new directors and new actors. Reading the intruiging reviews on your film makes me very curious and I'd love to see it. However, as I am not living in India, and won't be visiting India for the next six months probably, I was wondering whether I could order a VCD/DVD copy online somewhere.
Good luck with Blogging. Love your About Me-text :)
Love, Sanne
auntiesanna@hotmail.com

3:33 PM  
Blogger Neers said...

Namaste, Ji! :)

7:13 PM  
Blogger Neers said...

and heyyy, did i tell you.. this was good... but... have lotsa stuff to say on both this and Strings!! :) but... you are good! KUDOS!!

7:20 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste

zingtrial...
thank you for visiting my blog.
happy bollyblogging.
cheers.
jhaji.


hope and love...
wonderful words... feels like writing them again and again,
cheers for the spirit,
linking you to my blog'bihar to bollywood'.its an autobiography of an assistant director,blog with similar texture of life experiences.
jhaji.

sanna...
thank you for the compliments.
try and write your views on my debut film.
dvd of my debut film 'PRAAN JAYE PAR SHAAN NA JAYE'[PJPSNJ]can be ordered on online from various sites suiting to your convinience,from GOOGLE search engine.
i am forwarding few links,let me know if its of any help to you,

http://www.sendit.com/video/person/7200000030719

http://www.amazon.de/Praan-Jaye-Par-Shaan-UK/dp/B000692X1E

http://www.sciencedaily.com/cgi-bin/apf4/amazon_products_feed.cgi?Operation=ItemLookup&ItemId=B000G67OM0

http://www.indiaplaza.com/dvd/pd.aspx?sku=207534

http://dvd.ciao.co.uk/Praan_Jaye_Par_Shaan_Na_Jaye_Hindi_Language__5936233


cheers.
jhaji.

neers...
will be happy if you can link me to your blog,
cheers.
jhaji.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Lady Lux said...

I have yet to see a film from Bollywood..it would be most interesting...moreso..one wherein you had a hand on it...maybe in the future..

5:24 AM  
Blogger Neers said...

done! :)

6:54 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

cheers neers...
jhaji.

9:00 PM  
Blogger sudeep said...

dear sanjay,

i watched the film on tv yesterday. enjoyed it very much. and then blogged on it:-)

thanks a lot for this film. i guess it could do with better publicity!

9:42 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste sudeep,
thank you very much for such kind words,I am glad that you liked the film,
cheers
jhaji.

4:40 AM  

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