National Award-winning filmmaker Prakash Jha has announced that his upcoming film Pareeksha- The Final Test is set to release on ZEE5. Starring Priyanka Bose, Adil Hussain, Sanjay Suri and child actor Shubham Jha, the film had its India premiere last year at the 50th International Film Festival of India. Also Read - Akshaye Khanna Set to Make His OTT Debut, To Star in ZEE5’s State of Siege: Temple Attack
Billed as a ZEE5 Original, Pareeksha- The Final Test aims to make a comment on the traditional Indian education system. Resonating from the real-life experience of IPS officer Abhayanand, former DGP of Bihar, the film chronicles the story of a rickshaw puller who dreams to provide a decent education to his son. Also Read - April 2021 Guide: What’s New on Zee5 Netflix, Amazon Prime Video And SonyLIV This Month?
Jha, 68, said he was truly inspired by Abhayanand who, while serving as the police chief in Bihar’s Naxal infested areas, began coaching kids in the village to crack IIT-JEE exams. Also Read - Qubool Hai 2.0 Review: Karan Singh Grover-Surbhi Jyoti Are Dreamy as Asad-Zoya in This Love Story For Ages
“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,” the director said in a statement.
The premiere date of the movie is yet to be announced.
Jha’s last directorial was 2016’s Jai Gangaajal. It was a follow up to the 2003 movie Gangaajal and featured Priyanka Chopra Jonas as a cop.
The film also marked Jha’s foray into acting after spending over three decades in the film industry and directing critically-acclaimed films like Damul, Mrityudand, Apaharan and Rajneeti.