Movie: Jai Gangaajal
Star Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Prakash Jha
Director: Prakash Jha
First thing first. Jai Gangaajal is NOT a sequel to the 2003 Ajay Devgan starrer Gangajal. But the overall theme of the movie is somewhat similar. The main character in this film is also a police officer just like the earlier one. But this time it’s the turn of a lady cop played by none other than Priyanka Chopra.
Abha Mathur, a fearless cop played by Priyanka Chopra, takes on a dreaded and utterly corrupt politician played by Manav Kaul. Directed by Prakash Jha, who also plays the role of a rogue cop himself in the movie, Jai Gangaajal pales in comparison to its earlier cousin. Quickly into the movie and you’ll see it becoming a very confusing blend of mob violence, social commentary and police-politician nexus. The intention is obviously good, but it definitely lacks in execution.
The movie does have gripping and entertaining scenes, but it’s all too broken. For instance, the scene in which Priyanka Chopra beats the crap out of a goon after he tries to sexually abuse a girl is quite gripping. But overall, even with her look and appeal in the film, Priyanka Chopra really fails to deliver the performance and the charisma which was needed to pull the film out of its slumber.
As far as Prakash Jha’s performance in the film is concerned, we strongly advise him to stick to what he does best and that is stay behind the camera. In the role of the rogue cop, Jha’s performance was not just a downer, he does not even look the part in the whole stretch of the film. With his dialogue delivery and body language, he looks like a cheaper version of Nana Patekar.
The film has 11 soundtracks, most of which is far from being entertaining. Composed by Salim-Suleiman songs fir well into the movie, but if you are looking for a musical treat then Jai Gangaajal soundtracks are definitely not the ones you are looking for.
Overall, we believe Jai Gangaajal to be a swing and a miss. If you have time and money to spend on a lousy movie then do go for it. But we have definitely seen better from Prakash Jha and we are gonna stick to those.