Jai Gangaajal stars Priyanka Chopra as SP Abha Mathur who is appointed the first female SP of Bankipur district, Bihar. She then goes against the Local MLA of Bankipur (Manav Kaul) and henchmen of Lakhisarai district. The film is directed by Prakash Jha who also plays a crucial role in the film.
Jai Gangaajal stars Priyanka Chopra as SP Abha Mathur who is appointed the first female SP of Bankipur district, Bihar. She then goes against the Local MLA of Bankipur (Manav Kaul) and henchmen of Lakhisarai district. The film is directed by Prakash Jha who also plays a crucial role in the film. less
“Jai Gangaajal keeps you engaged despite being a routine Prakash Jha film.”
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Prakash Jha is a filmmaker who is known for some interesting and hard hitting films. Even after he switched over from making offbeat films to more regular and commercial films, there was still something to look forward to in his films. Hailing from Bihar he managed to bring in the local flavour wonderfully in films like Gangaajal and Apaharan quite convincingly. He now returns with Jai Gangaajal which has been touted as the successor to Gangaajal of sorts, but with a new star cast in place.
Jai Gangaajal has Priyanka Chopra leading the show instead of Ajay Devgn and we also see Prakash Jha himself positioned as a cop with an interesting shade of grey. Elections are around the corner in Bihar and SP Abha Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) takes charge of Bankipur. The area is controlled by the ruling MLA Babloo Pandey (Manav Kaul) and his younger brother Dablu Pandey (Ninad Kamat). A thermal power corporation decides to setup a project over there, obviously the people in power see this as a means to make money and start forcing people to sell their lands to facilitate the project. Everyone agrees to sell their land except for one fearless lady (Vega Tamotia). What follows is a game of power and politics as the police realize that no matter what, they will remain mere pawns in the game decided by the politicians.
The film is totally old styled in narrative and treatment and you see this all the way in the form of the BGM used the camera angles and even the story telling. There is hardly anything which keeps you hooked or surprised. Also unlike in case of Gangaajal the villains aren't even menacing or intimidating. Ninad Kamat, Murli Sharma and Manav Kaul are strictly functional, Vega Tamotia is effective. Priyanka Chopra is earnest but the film hardly offers her any scope to perform and live up to the action oriented role. Prakash Jha strangely holds maximum screen time in the film, but as B.N.Singh, the corrupt circle inspector who sees a change of heart surprisingly he is quite well positioned . But then sadly the same cannot be said for the film which remains quite dull largely.