Prakash Jha's Film 'Pareeksha' gets a direct to digital release on ZEE5 Global

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8th July, 2020 09:12:49 printer

Prakash Jha's Film 'Pareeksha' gets a direct to digital release on ZEE5 Global

 ZEE5 Global, the largest video streaming platform for Indian content announces its next Original film, written, directed and produced by national award-winning filmmaker, Prakash Jha, Pareeksha -The Final Test. Starring Priyanka Bose, Adil Hussain, Sanjay Suri and child actor Shubham Jha, the film had its India Premiere at the 50th International Film Festival of India in the Indian Panorama section and its UK premiere at the prestigious Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) on June 27.

Inspired by real events, Pareeksha makes a sharp comment on our education system. The good quality education which has become the monopoly of the rich, remains inaccessible to the masses further dividing our society. Resonating from the real experience of an IPS officer, Shri Abhayanand, who is the former DGP of Bihar, this story gives us a glimpse of hope for the poor who deserve the opportunity. It is a story of Bucchi, the rickshaw puller whose biggest dream is to provide decent education to his son and this dream takes him on a dangerous path, which could shatter all that he holds dear.

Talking about the inspiration behind his new film and the association with ZEE5, the writer-director-producer-actor, Jha says, “The film is inspired by real events and people. Shri Abhayanand is an IPS officer and educationist who, while serving as the Police Chief in Bihar’s Naxal infested areas, came across kids from those villages who were so bright with their native wisdom that they inspired him to begin coaching them to crack the IIT-JEE- the toughest exam/test which the young students must clear to be able to join one of the best educational institutes in the country. Their success had a great impact in the crime infested badlands of Bihar and made a difference. I felt compelled to tell this story and we have found a wonderful streaming partner in ZEE5, a platform which will give this subject the reach it deserves.” 

Shri Abhayanand, a Physics graduate himself, continues to conduct free tutorials and has now taken his social experiment to a wider forum so that more underprivileged and talented children from minority communities can also benefit from it. He continues to academically support the hugely successful Rahmani 30 classes.

Internationally acclaimed actor, Adil Hussain who plays Bucchi, the rickshaw puller in the film says, “I am absolutely thrilled that Pareeksha is being screened at the London Indian Film Festival. Pareeksha is a very important film of our time, which tells a story of a Brilliant Boy being deprived of his right to education due to his poverty-stricken family. The far-reaching consequences of such a situation is disastrous! The Covid19 Has locked us all in. The OTT platforms are serving as the windows to the world of stories. But good Stories matter a lot. It shapes our worldview. Pareeksha is such a story, which will stir your heart. And make feel better, that you witnessed something you thought not possible! Watch it on ZEE5.”