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Movie Review: Jai Gangaajal



Release Date:  March 4, 2016
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Prakash Jha, Manav Kaul, Ninad Kamat, Rahul Bhat
Director: Prakash Jha
Genre: Crime, Drama
Duration: 2 hours 38 minutes

The same product in a new packaging is what Jai Gangaajal basically is. Of course there are plenty of changes in terms of characters, the movie’s plot and the storyline, but the basic themes such as corruption, crime against women, and vigilante justice remain the same. While the 2003 Gangaajal was fresh in its story, Jai Gangaajal offers a new perspective in how a female IPS officer takes on the corrupt system and brings the criminals to justice.

Jai Gangaajal’s story is set in Bankipur, which is ruthlessly ruled by MLA Bablu (Manav) and his brother Dabloo (Ninad). They rule the area through terror and nobody dares to speak against them since they are in cahoots with the political system as well as the police. At the center of this corrupt setup is police’s ‘circle babu’ BN Singh (Prakash), who takes care of all the illegal businesses of Bablu-Dablu and claims his cut to build his own giant castle of black money. However, things start to change when honest and law-abiding Abha Mathur (Priyanka) comes to Bankipur as the area’s new SP. Abha has to fight corruption within the police ranks and outside, protect poor farmers from land grabbers, prevent crimes against women, and clean up the political system.

Director Prakash Jha has built up a pacy storyline, which ensures that there’s never a dull moment in the movie. The story meanders through the working of land mafias, corrupt netas and cops, poor farmers, and an honest police officer trying hard to correct the system. Prakash Jha also deserves credit for his role as BN Singh, since it has been delivered to perfection. Priyanka appears quite mature in her role as SP of Bankipur and there is hardly any melodrama involved. Action sequences such as the scene where Priyanka charges on a local goon with a baton in hand really drive up the tempo of the film and gets the audience to applaud.

If you watched and appreciated the earlier Gangaajal, then you would definitely like Jai Gangaajal. Go for Jai Gangaajal for its panoramic finesse, riveting dialogues, slick performances, and for bringing out the intricacies of a corrupt system and the angst and dilemma of an honest police officer.

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