Though he is little upset with the failure of Mohenjo Daro, actor Narendra Jha feels lucky to be part of Ashutosh Gowariker’s magnum opus. The actor who did his post graduation in India’s ancient history from the Jawaharlal Nehru University believes his family and friends would have been unhappy if he would not have been a part of a historical film like Mohenjo Daro.
“I am happy that Mohenjo Daro happened and I was a part of it. Since I have an academic background in ancient history, it would have been saddening for me and my close ones if I would not have been a part of it,” said Jha in an exclusive conversation with IndianExpress.com.
Talking about the failure of Mohenjo Daro at the box office, Jha said he believes that the audience had created a negative perception about the film even before its release. “People started talking about historical facts and distorting history even before the film released. I don’t know why they started doubting whether the film would do justice to such a big subject. People started talking about elements like dress, headgear but not the story.
That might went against the film. But I am happy with the experience of Mohejo Daro,” said Jha, who played Jakhiro, the Madman, in the film.
Praising Ashutosh Gowariker for taking the risk, Jha said, “Sometimes it happens that a director’s thinking and his imagination doesn’t find sync with the audience. May be this time it happened with Mohenjo Daro.”
The actor will be next seen in My Father Iqbal, a film set in the backdrop of Kashmir insurgency. The film is based on a real life incident of an engineer from the Valley. Jha, who rose to fame after playing Shahid Kapoor’s father in Haider (2014), another film with a backdrop of Kahsmir, when asked about the current situation in Kashmir said it is upto the people of Kashmir what they want ‘peace or violence’.
The situation there is grave and it will not change until people of Kashmir want it to change. Unless they change their belief, their ideas and perception….If you have to move towards peace you have to bring change within yourself,” said Jha adding that Kashmir is a complex issue.
The actor, who will also be seen in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees next year, is thankful to Vishal Bhardwaj whose Haider established him in the industry. “I did so many TV serials, south Indian films. But Haider changed things for film. People started recognising me,” said Jha.