Jai Gangaajal is a typical Prakash Jha film. Set in rural India, based on a contemporary issue and packed with powerful performances. This recipe of a Prakash Jha film is always full proof and comes with a guarantee of worthy entertainment. Jai Gangaajal is just another good film made by Prakash Jha.

Jai Gangaajal deals about corruption and politics behind land scams that lead to farmer suicide in small towns nationwide. Film starts promisingly and Prakash Jha also depicts the issue very well with minute detailing. I am keen to know who did research for Jai Gangaajal. Post interval the plot becomes backdrop and story just leads towards the climax. Prakash Jha’s direction is simply superb. He has managed to keep the film very realistic. His writing keeps you engaged. When the story takes the turn and his own character changes for good is portrayed commendably.

Performances in Jai Gangaajal are terrific. Priyanka Chopra as Abha Mathur is outstanding. She is becoming an institution with her every single film. Being the protagonist in an action based film her entry is very simple, no introductory song nor makes an entry with an action sequence. One more thing, she being the protagonist does not have the screen time generally the protagonist of the film has and I can bet none other than Priyanka Chopra would have agreed to do this film. Her past record says it’s the role and not the screen time. You do feel her absence at places but then you realise her character does not demand unnecessary screen time. Manav Kaul never fails to surprise you with his performance and Jai Gangaajal is nothing different. Biggest surprise in the film is Prakash Jha as an actor. His performance is top notch and he just stuns you with his acting capabilities. In fact he is at par with Priyanka Chopra as far as performance is concerned. Sir why were you just behind camera for so long. It would be great to see Prakash Jha as an actor more often. Murali Sharma just owns his scenes and is too good with his performance. One of the strongest points of Jai Gangaajal is the performances. Action sequences in the film are perfectly designed, some believable and some few over the top. Music has little importance in the film.

Jai Gangaajal has many things in it which makes it a must watch but it has it’s share of complaints. Prakash Jha seems unsure about the narrative of the film which is very unstable initially. Film is way too long and some portions could have been easily trimmed; poor editing. Film is engaging start to end bit it’s also prominent that film seems dragged. Many scenes are powerful but don’t create the desired impact. At places it’s difficult to understand why that one particular thing happened in that one scene when the director could have done without it.

Overall Jai Gangaajal can be watched once without any hesitation.

Rating: 3/5


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