Inspired by real events, the film ‘Pareeksha – The Final Test’ is a Zee5 Original and makes a sharp comment on the traditional Indian education system.
Video streaming platform for Indian content Zee5 Global has announced its next Original film Pareeksha -The Final Test, written, directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker, Prakash Jha. 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 the Indian education system. The good quality education which has become the monopoly of the rich remains inaccessible to the masses further dividing the society.
Resonating from the real experience of an IPS officer, Shri Abhayanand, who is the former DGP of Indian state Bihar, the story offers a glimpse of hope for the poor who deserve the opportunity. The film revolves around Bucchi, the rickshaw puller whose biggest dream is to provide a 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 said: “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 the 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.