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written on March 3, 2016 – 7 pm EST.
Jai Gangaajal... Bisleri branded 'Ganga Jal'
With Gangaajal I think terror, shockers, uneasiness and grit. It easily one of the most hard- hitting and sensational movies of 2000's though not the most original... In short I still don't switch channels while it's playing.
Then you have Prakash Jha, the director who tries to cleanse the system by inspiring through all his hard- hitting big canvas movies. Suddenly he thought why not do a Devgan or a Nana Patekar.
Jai Gangajal is a protégé of Gangajal. It's loyal as it blindly follows the template where you have wily brothers ruling over a district. Contractor mafia becomes land mafia, women are exploited as ever, mob justice suddenly takes over and conveniently hides too and blinding incident is replaced by mob justice. To overdo it also features a string of farmer suicides over land disputes. So In comes an SP who changes bad policemen into good and inspires them to open all closed and hidden files. However the makers still seem remote to a phenomenon called information technology and still prefer dusty files over simple backups.
The other problem is that despite all its meant-to-sensationalize sub stories and events it fails to evoke terror or shock value. The villains aren't sinister enough despite their criminal acts and funny names like Babloo, Dabloo or Munna Mardani. Plus there is an overdose of depressing violence. The songs in the background are jarring and do not help the cause at all. Plus there was a significance of the title in the previous one, here you don't find any.. Maybe I missed out, please do check if you still go for it.
So you are left with Priyanka Chopra and her circle Officer Prakash Jha. Priyanka Chopra is impressive but the absence of another strong lead to pull the film through does bother. Prakash Jha , a circle officer trying to come full circle neither looks the bad cop he tries hard to portray nor the good hero cop he converts into. It's the most confused character in this motion picture. Manav Kaul, Ninad Kamat and Murli Sharma are the three oppressors who try to keep it rough. Then there are half baked characters which keep crossing your optical paths but hardly grow on you.
In the end you are neither rooting nor hooting and a thought does cross your mind ; while creating a sequel , makers do not think out of the box and the earlier box /movie becomes their mother template.
While you had so many author backed roles being written for females until two weeks back, this one despite a perfect outing for PC with all the trappings of a powerhouse just doesn't entice . If you haven't watched the previous one , then remotely it may appeal.
So if Gangaajal was half as raw and gritty as Shool, this one is one fourth ... of Gangaajal 1. Imagine on a Shool scale ...!
** Two Stars
Prakash Jha gives himself a chance to play a cop, a crooked one who has a change of heart towards the end. There's Manav Kaul as the local thug turned politician with scores of his goons and then there is Priyanka Chopra, the Dabaang police officer, Abha Mathur, who does a Bajirao Singham on screen.
There's much maara-mari, draamebazi before the film culminates the way you expected it to.
From a Prakash Jha, much was expected.
On the whole, with the absence of new releases in last two weeks, there seems to be no competition for JAI GANGAAJAL. Added to that a great brand value, all of which will ensure the movie to sail through at the box-office.Read More
The film is a comment on honest officials vs. ruffian politics in mofussil India, but then we've seen this so many times before. What sets the film apart is Jha's sure-footed storytelling (though he sticks to his tried-and-tested formula) and Priyanka Chopra's dazzling performance. This one straddles the two worlds of being a reasonably accomplished film as well as a crowd-pleaser.Read More
Jai Gangaajal is likely to be a letdown for those who expect it to be a worthy follow-up to Gangaajal.
But if you go in without too many expectations, you might find parts of its fairly palatable.