Prakash Jha’s “Ek Muthi Asman”, an ode to the National Legal Services Authority


Ek Muthi Asman par haq humara bhi toh hai… Apne is Hindustan par haq hamara bhi toh hai…”

It a general belief in India that only the rich and the powerful can have access to Justice. We are not even aware that there exists an authority like the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), which is mandated to provide free and competent access to justice to the weaker section of the society especially the women and children. Ek muthi Asman” is the voice of these real hard working and deserving people of India where the impact of NALSA is being felt. The essence of the song lies in the visuals of the real people in the heartland of India- the working class, the women, the children, the laborers, etc. who make the real India.

The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) is a statutory body constituted under the Legal Services Authority Act in 1987, in order to provide free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society. This body has been constituted in every state, district and taluka in order to impart justice to the needy. It is a body headed by the Honorable Chief Justice of India as their Patron-in-chief and the senior most Supreme Court Judge as the Executive Chairman.

Created by Prakash Jha Productions, the song is sung by Sonu Nigam with lyrics by Manoj Muntashir and music by Salim Sulaiman. It has been extensively shot in more than 20 states across India including including Kashmir, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Kerala, Gujarat, Karnataka, West Bengal, Jharkhand, etc. This track is just a beginning as it will be followed by 15 real life short stories and a 30 minute documentary about how NALSA has been pivotal and successful in providing Justice to the weaker section. The documentary will be launched on November 9, NALSA day this year.