About


Sanjay Jha Mastan

Sanjay Jha was born in Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district, Bihar. He spent his childhood days in an earthy rural life and was deeply inspired by the rich folk culture of Buddha’s own land, Bihar. Right from the beginning, Sanjay grew up with the 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 in his mind. Changing seasons of rural life on the bank of river Ganga matured in him a sense of poetry and language. Sanjay’s wonder years were passed chasing steam trains that passed through the fields of his native village. Being a son of a soldier, listening to radio programs made for defense personals was his only window to the outside world. With such a treasure of inspirational experiences in him, evolved a story teller.

Sanjay is a practicing film maker in Mumbai today.
A Graduate inScience(Zoology Hons.) Sanjay holds a diploma in Dramatics from National School of Drama, New Delhi, specializing in Design and Direction. His interest in film making also led him to pursue a Course in Film Appreciation at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, under the aegis of the National Film Archives of India.

As a writer and director, he has worked in several notable productions in the Indianfilm and television industry. Sanjay made his directorial debut with “Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye”, which was written and produced by Mahesh V Manjrekar, featuring the likes of Sushmita Sen, Raveena Tandon, Namrata Shirodkar and Diya Mirza.

Sanjay began his film making journey as an assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali as an Assistant Director in the critically acclaimed film “Khamoshi- The Musical”. He later also served as the Chief Assistant Director in the superhit films “Kacche Dhage” directed by Milan Luthria , and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s “Mission Kashmir”.

He has been a part of making successful many noted films and television series. Besides, he has actively written scripts and screen plays for TV and drama shows. Affirming his ideology of serving the society, Sanjay has taken a lot of initiatives on the social front. He is involved into designing, coordinating and conducting Annual Eco-theatre Art workshops with children of “Nanhi Dunya- The International Movement of Children and their friends”in Dehradun.The children of Nanhi Dunya include kids from all ages, including those with special needs.

He further directed a Digital film for National Addiction Research Centre on the Occupational hazards of bar maids in Mumbai, supported by “Elton John” funds.

Sanjay is now actively working with UNICEF on its innovative communication project on HIV/AIDS, as a Project coordinator. This project involves multifarious activities of documentation and conducting of film-making workshops with children which also includes teaching high- risk behavior to the 9th and 11th grade children.

Timeline

Year Work
1990 Graduated in Science – Zoology (Hons)
  • Got involved in theatre activities and street plays
  • Participated in ‘APNA UTSAV’, a mega cultural national jamboree, initiated by the late Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi
1990 Wrote ‘Raja Salhes’
  • A play in Hindi
  • Wrote under the young playwrights’ scheme of Sangeet Natak Akademi.
1991- 94 Diploma course in Dramatics from National School of Drama, New Delhi (Specializing in Design and Direction)
  • Mastered the art of Performing Arts.
  • Specialized as a Stage Designer and Director
1994 Completed Course in Film Appreciation at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
  • Course pursued under the aegis of the National Film Archives of India
1995- 96 Assistant Director of “Khamoshi- The Musical”
  • Debut film of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
1998 Directed a film based Countdown show
  • Show starred Ashutosh Rana and Krutika Desai as anchors
  • Produced by Bhaskar Television, Bhopal
1996- 99 Chief Assistant Director of “Kachche Dhaage”
  • A Tips films production
  • Debut film of Milan Luthria
1997 Writer for the Television Series “Swabhimaan”
  • A Plus channel mega-serial
  • Directed by Mahesh Bhatt
1998 Writer for the Television Series “Captain Vyom”
  • A science fiction tele-serial Directed by Ketan Mehta
1999- 2000 Chief Assistant Director of “Mission Kashmir”
  • A Vidhu Vinod Chopra film
2003 Directed debut film “Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye”
  • Written and produced by Mahesh V Manjrekar
  • Starring Sushmita Sen, Raveena Tandon, Namrata Shirodkar, Diya Mirza,Shweta Menon, Rinke Khanna, Vijay Raaz and Aman Verma.
2006 Made his second film, “Strings – Bound by faith”
  • Starring Adam Bedi, Tanishta Chatterjee, Sandhya Mridul and Vinit Kumar
  • The film was selected in the competition section, Asian Films, as World Premiere Screening at the 7th OSEAN-CINEFAN FILM FESTIVAL in Delhi
  • 11th Trivandrum International Film Festival, 2006
  • Patna Film Festival, 2007
  • Raipur International Film Festival, April 2015
2009 In the process of post-production of the film ‘Mumbai Chakachak’
  • Starring Rahul Bose, Vinay Pathak, Ayesha Dharker, Mandira Bedi, Suresh Menon and Cyrus Broacha
  • Produced by Popcorn Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Present
  • Currently writing and producing his fourth film based on a comtemporary legend.
  • Completing a diploma in human rights from the Mumbai University

Sanjay Jha ‘Mastan’
‘Mastan’ means the one who loves and relishes the good things of life and enjoys every moment of it to the fullest. It is Sanjay’s father’s popular name and he gained it out of his personality and nature. Also, he takes up challenges and responsibilities in his life with the same attitude. Sanjay Jha Mastan is now his complete name. Sanjay has not changed his name but has (with permission) added to it because he considers himself eligible for this name and feels that he too has been able to take in his stride, the responsibilities and challenges of life in the same way as his father does. This meaningful inheritance of name seems more exciting and worthwhile to him as compared to the official legacy of initials. Sanjay says “I feel proud to have his name and it makes me bolder and confident than ever. My best gift to myself. Cheers !!!”