Jai Gangaajal - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Jai Gangaajal is an interesting web of actions, reactions and re-reactions between the usual suspects - people, police and politicians. Engaging even if not new, while you are there and awfully ordinary once you are out of the theater.

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30 reviewers have given Jai Gangaajal an average rating of 2.2/5.0 (?)

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10 nays
14 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Still, when the camera is on Priyanka Chopra and Manav Kaul, Jai Gangaajal is watchable. The film suffers sorely because Prakash Jha makes it too much about himself. ... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...In all, many would be surprised to know that the most enjoyable feature of JAI GANGAAJAL remains the debut performance of its director Prakash Jha himself, practically displaying how he was able to extract path-breaking performances from the talented cast in his earlier gems like HIP HIP HURRAY, DAMUL, MRITYUDAND, RAJNEETI and GANGAAJAL. On a personal note, I would love to see him again in another project soon playing an interesting character, so you can sure watch the film once for the man alone. ... full review

Thumbs down by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...We all care for the poor getting poorer due to capitalistic exploitation. But unleashing mayhem on a war footing is hardly the solution to social inequality. By the time I saw a young boy dragging and choking an MLA with his school belt, I knew Jai Gangaajal was pleading the case of vigilantism. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...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. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life ...After having watched Mrityudand, Gangaajal, Raajneeti, it is easy to say that this is one of Jha’s weaker projects. Perhaps, if he could have focused more on the screenplay than on making it a launchpad for himself, this could have been a better film. Watch it only for Priyanka Chopra, but then you might end up feeling sorry for her! After Quantico, Oscars and Baywatch reboot, she deserved much much better! ... full review

So-So by RAJEEV MASAND, BookmyShow ...Jai Gangaajal doesn’t offer anything you haven’t seen before, especially in the director’s own previous films. It’s also interminably long at nearly 2 hours and 40 minutes. Priyanka Chopra and Prakasha Jha’s performances keep you engaged and invested despite the familiar narrative, but by the end you’re overcome by the unmistakable feeling of exhaustion.... full review

Thumbs up by Pooja Pande, BookmyShow ...Jai Gangaajal is a typical truth-always-triumphs kind of a movie. It will definitely give you a certain satisfaction, when the good wins over evil. The performances are quite nice. Prakash Jha has aced this as a director, just like he aced Gangajal earlier. Watch it for the dirty politics, blatant crime, Circle Babu and Madam Sir. But majorly, do watch it for Jha, the actor. He has brought out the turmoil of a guy who does what he does but cannot ignore the inner voice of his conscience. All in all, it’s a super entertainer for the weekend. ... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Priyanka Chopra tries to work with her deglam role, but the pouting lips and sashaying walk come in the way—she doesn’t look or sound like she belongs to that milieu. Jha on the other hand, gets the bearing, accent, patois just right, giving his part a kind of aloof dignity that conveys that he has fallen into a cesspool, but is still somehow above it all. BN Singh is character to watch for, and Jha could make him/himself the hero of his next cop drama. ... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...Though he is fabulous as the corrupt cop, his taut, bahubali frame carries him as the man who seeks to redeem himself. That and his salt-pepper hair, clipped tight and short. Am I sounding like I’m in love? I am, I think. ... full review

So-So by Prema Singh, Desi Martini ...Overall, Priyanka Chopra has tried well. Prakash Jha has given a fabulous performance. Manav Kaul sets the bar really high. Ninad Kamat and Murali Sharma did extremely well on their part while playing the roles of Dablu Pandey and Munna Mardani. ... full review

Thumbs down by Merkwürdige Liebe , Desi Martini ...Oh, and the terrible, terrible music. Is there a director working in Bollywood today whose sense of music is worse than Prakash Jha’s? I seriously doubt it.... full review

So-So by Kritika Goel , Desi Martini ...Priyanka Chopra, Manav Kaul, and Prakash Jha play a pivotal role in the narrative. Though at some places you might feel that the action sequences are forced and a bit of over drama is marring the story, but the screenplay and the script is very impressive which overpowers these tiny flaws. Priyanka Chopra's attempt to retain her ground in the home country with this project and Prakash Jha's acting debut has got a great start. ... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ... Jai Gangaajal is an engrossing though not entirely gripping movie. It sticks to the story and doesn’t distract us with an item number or a softer, emotional Abha Mathur. Its depiction of mob psychology is pretty good and characters such as B. N. Singh make it go beyond the predictability of the story. I think it could have gone far beyond this but I guess getting a strong female character like Abha Mathur should satisfy my desire for the time being. Worth a watch. ... full review

Thumbs down by Bryan Durham, DNA ...While PC plays a strong character, we can't say that the film has either - strength or character. It's contrived, a little too long for our liking and dragged out. Watch this only if you are a PC fan. ... full review

Thumbs up by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...Jha does raise some token symbolic voices against farmer suicides and land mafia but it’s by no means a political film like his own Damul (1985). It’s a pure masala entertainer with vigilante justice by the masses as its main course. It does try to say that it’s hard to control the fire when the mob grows on rampage. It also rightfully points out that most often, police become mere spectators to such an outrage… ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Priyanka gives it her all making it look quite convincing. Prakash Jha also impresses in a strong emphatic role.... full review

Thumbs down by zehra Abbas , fullhyd.com ...If you must, watch it for the performances of the ensemble, but if you're in the mood for a truly satisfying Jha film, watch Gangaajal on DVD instead. ... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...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. ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Jai Gangaajal is just another attempt at making a blockbuster, but it lacks the depth of Gangaajal and Apharan. Still, there’s enough for the audience to keep whistling and clapping. Priyanka Chopra is the new ‘Dabangg’. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...Hopefully, Jha adheres to the title's tagline and it is the end of his vigilante justice in badlands. ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...One must admit here that Jha surprises with his ease in front of the camera and decent acting abilities, but quite often the camera focuses a little too indulgently on him. Jha yet again successfully revisits the world he’s so familiar with, the rampant hooliganism, the fascinating and colourful lingo that we are all familiar with, largely thanks to Jha’s earlier films. At two hours forty minutes, the film is a bit too long and tends to get predictable at many parts.... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Maybe Jha felt that having a female protagonist will score brownie points with people, especially in this age of woman empowerment, but in the absence of a fresh story, Jai Gangaajal might not really make much of an impact. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...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.... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Once Jai GangaaJal loses sight of all else to become only about his half-baked atonement it drags and dodders from the weight of its stocky dialogues, tediously cosmetic revolt and a leading man of very limited screen presence hogging all the limelight. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...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. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Ironically, Priyanka looks off-colour, disinterested and uninvolved with the goings on through most of the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...There are memorable dialogues - 'Aapko galat misguide kiya jar raha hai' - and sharp editing. But the film gets stretched. A sarpanch and goonda less would've kept it tighter. Yet, Jai Gangaajal packs a punch with its panorama (a Badaun-like landscape where girls are hung from trees), dilemma and performances - particularly the one by 'Madam Sir', who wields a lathi you will love. ... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...All in all, Jai Gangaajal is disappointing to say the least and is probably the weakest film of Praksah Jha’s career. ... full review

So-So by Rummana, yahoo! India ...The film is not a complete waste of time, there are instances where you want to get up whistle and cheer for Priyanka. Watch it for the performances; there are quite a few commendable ones here. ... full review

Thumbs down by Pallavi Patra, ZEENEWS.COM ...'Jai Gangaaja' triumphs, but sadly, only at places – at other times you are inevitably reminded of 'Gangaajal', only wishing if the movie had the same flesh and rawness as the one before. That said, watch 'Jai Gangaajal' merely for its performance by Jha and Chopra and some of the other supporting cast. As far as the story is concerned – it's the same old wine in new bottle. ... full review