wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?)
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.Read more
A lot many things can get much more complicated if the gender of an honest police officer who takes on the system is female. And there in lies the trick. If the usual suspects like the villains' male ego taking a bigger hit, fear of rape and worse, come into play – it will be predictable. If they don't take that route, it will be shades of Singham, Dabangg Again, Rowdy Rathore - it will be predictable.
What is the writer to do, then? Well, for now, the trailer suggests that they are happy what they were doing thus far. Here's a part of the audience there is some of the trademark Prakash Jha fire, even if we cannot see it in the trailer.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Jai Gangaajal is what you expect it to be. The law-and-order-administration-politicians-businessmen nexus is out to get the powerless common man. Comes along a conscientious police officer who takes the nexus on. Except this once, the police officer is a woman. It is great to see that just because the officer is a woman, things don't change much. The men around her don't give her extra leeway nor do they take advantage. It is nice to see a woman treated like just another person. However, the film then has nothing too new to offer.
Is that because it has a woman as the lead? I'd say no. It felt like it was more because she wasn't the only hero. It was nice to see the main protagonist and an actor of Priyanka Chopra's stature to give that much space to another character. Now, it might come across like a woman can't do her job without a man. However, I would go out on a limb and say, the job of taking on such ruthless and powerful people isn't one person's job. A team working towards one goal is relatively more believable compared to a one-man army. It also works well that the lady here is more like the inner voice of all the policemen in her force.
However, would an male actor of this stature have agreeably played second fiddle? Would the lady herself have been okay had it not been the director of the film?
Let's say these questions are outside the purview of the experience of the film. Then, I'd walk in with the understanding that it is about Bholenath Singh's (Prakash Jha) inner struggle and the lady police officer, Abha Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) is secondary in the story. Once you change that point of view, you have a very interesting story of a cold and ruthless police officer realising his precarious and dispensable position. Of course, you have to swallow the quick turn around. Yet, the well-developed remorse is not very common.
And what a fine actor Prakash Jha is! He makes Bholenath's move from arrogance to brooding to soft-hearted believable despite its improbability. Unfortunately, so consumed he seems to have been with acting that he missed out on asking Priyanka Chopra to lose her model-like gait. When she is at one place though, she tries her best to make her voice sound authoritative. But then, she moves. And the model is back. Manav Kaul can now do a hot-headed politician in his sleep. Ninad Kamat as his brother though shines as the goon who's tantrums can put any two-year old to shame.
There is another character in the film that is vying for your attention. All. The. Time. The background score. It is relentless. It is loud. It doesn't go with the film. There were a few scenes in the second half when it takes a break and they are beautiful. Those scenes made me want to see the film once again with the background track turned off. It wouldn't be a surprise, if the film becomes better manifold.
As it stands though Jai Gangaajal engages you while you are in the theater – maybe making you a little fidgety towards the end because it is over 2.5 hours. But once you are out and think about it, if at all, you realise it is not too out of the ordinary. Except that you want to watch more of Prakash Jha as an actor.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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 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
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 down, by Pallavi Patra, Zee News : ...'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
YbrpDesign: watched Jai Gangaajal, very nice movie acting ( all ) 3 stars direction 4 stars story 3.5 stars overall 4 stars Priyanka Mam nice
wide_ball: Jai Gangaajal was good but Ajay Gangaajal was better.
weakestLINK19: A film loses when you start comparing it. Happened with Jai Gangajal. Gangajal was much finer piece with more intense narration #moviereview
vershashiv: 2 awsome movies... Neerja n Jai Gangajal... excellent performance by beautiful divas..
TheChange2015: Jai Gangajal Movie Review- Priyanka Chopra does an excellent job! Excellent direction and superb presentation. Must watch!
sushil130338: Nice movie by Mr Prakash Jha a very nice work in jai gangajal
sonalgh: Prakash Jha is awesome in Jai Gangajal!
SodawalaAshish: Jai Gangajal ...! Great salute to our honest Police officers & Womens......!
singh_sandhini: Watched *Jai Gangajal* ! Mindblowing acting by PC @priyankachopra ...hattss off girl !!
sim4all: Saw Jai Gangajal. I must say, I love you Priyanka. @priyankachopra
sidsinghrathore: Another masterstroke from Prakash Jha. Jai Gangajal is good movie with good acting. Another stunning performance from @priyankachopra.
shubhampc54: Jai Gangaajal- A must watch for everyone!! Power packed performance by @priyankachopra mindblowing
shubham41380723: Amazing movie of PC..
shrucool: Jai Gangajal awesome movie!!!! Loving it !! Woohooo
shiva22901337: Jai gangajal.... a must watch! ! !
sanjayghai: Jai gangaajal is a very good film. As always prakash jha created his magic in all departments of his school of cinema. Congrats.
rsrikanth05: Priyanka Chopra was great in Jai Gangaajal, but Prakash Jha stole the show.
punerajeshjain: jha saheb i am impressed kya movie banaye hai ...jai gangajal
premlata75: Jai gangaajal awesome movie:):):):):):)
pranav_vekariya: Awesome movie #Jai gangajal ....
piyushchiku: Fantastic movie @jai Gangajal fab acting by @prakashjha27 sir cha gaye aap circle babu
PatankarAvinash: Terrific performance of Priyanka Chopra in Jai Gangajal . Well done Prakash Jha .
pandeydec21: As PC steal d show in bajirao ,prakash jha did d same in jai gangajal.he overshadowed d superb perfrmnce of priyanka by his surprise acting
pallavsharma24: Saw jai gangajal with my parents and they loved it....I liked @prakashjha27 as an actor.solid performance by others.
Nutan_1996: Priyanka Chopra really real actor and jai gangaajal awsm
navalshrivasta1: Jai Gangajal film is very intresting Prakash jha west actor mst rol
nairbewithyou: Jai Gangaajal!! No words!! Love to see the film in big screen!!! Good luck team JAI GANGAJJAL and lovely Priyanka Chopra!!!!!
MustaqShaqlain: Amazing movie. Love the acting of p.c @## jai gangajal ##@
monupuriya: Nice movie jai gangajal
mitaligaur: Jai Gangaajal in cinemas ..must watch
manishcoolpro: Seen jai gangajal. .....awesome police work..jai hind...
man_zil: watched jai gangajal.. loved @priyankachopra ❤ way to go A good movie after a long time..
lady_gabbar: I woke up at 9:30am on a Sunday morning to watch Jai Gangaajal. I don't regret it.
laddhavinay27: Jai gangajal Is outstanding movie.... must watch..... Undoubtedly Priyanka Chopra is India's most finest actress....guys please watch it
khozemthathiya: ur JAI GANGAJAL movie is a very nice movie..Superb..
KhanAhmadIrfan: Must Watch Jai Gangaajal. Try again. @peecee_desigirl :) @iamsrk ;) @priyankachopra B) @seda_artist D)
jeewananand: Jai gangajal.Intense & absorbing.Attacks khaki,neta,mafia nnexus.Prakashji is excellent in new avatar.Priyanka very intense.xcelent movie.
itsridzzzzzz: Jai Gangaajal was a fabulous movie @priyankachopra @JaiGangaajal
its_gurpreet: Watched Jai Gangajal. Nice movie. Good work by Prakash Jha and PC.
iAnirbannC: Again super hit #Jai_Gangajal <3 love you so much. @priyankachopra
I_Saurabh_Gupta: Jai Gangajal a fantastic movie. #IPSOfficers #RespectForKhaki #FreePolicingFromAllPressures
harimohan75: #Jai Gangajal @prakashjha27 you rock in the movie.....super performane...expecting more powerfull roles...awesome movie..
hamaraapnabihar: Jai Gangajal 5 out of 5...:) awsm movie.. Awsm acting...:)
DrSanjayMiddha: Liked Movie Jai Gangaajal Good message for Police and Public
debug_mode: One of the great movie .. Inspiring and showing the real issues of our society .. Great job @prakashjha27 sir n team .. Jai Gangajal
bajajradhey: Jai gangajal super hit must watch @priyankachopra u r jabardast we love u
ArshadWarsi: Saw "JAI GANGAJAL". Apart form strong acting, piercing Dialogues & water tight direction. I realised that @prakashjha27 is a super actor.
anandsamir: Madam/Sir @priyankachopra played beautifully her role in Jai gangaajal with a powerful message to the society.. don't miss this movie guys
amarthoke1: Nice film jai gangajal
amanj71: Saw JAI GANGAJAL . Prakash jha is a great director and a superb actor
aKm07: Haven't Watched Jai Gangaajal Go Watch It Truly A Good Film Give It A Chance #JaiGangaajal @JaiGangaajal #PriyankaChopra @priyankachopra
akkhullar25: Very nice movie... A Must watch.....nice work priyanka. Jai Gangajal !
VJBishal: Jai Gangajal---average one
vikas81811: The 1st part of 'Jai Gangajal is not at par but over all it's good to go once , good job done by Prakashji and Priyanka too.
VIKAS_24: Watched jai gangajal .. First half was too good .. Second half too bad . Prakash jha as a actor very good but too predictable as director .
spanytime: Jai Gangajal...3/5
ProudDhoti: Priyanka Chopra and Prakash Jha is terrific in Jai Gangaajal ; Can't say the same about movie ...similar plot as Gangaajal !
iamLahiri: Jai Gangajal is below avrg mvi. The cast is too soft 4 these kinda stories n also 4 d legacy left behind by the actors of original Gangajal.
Vik_SRK_Josan: Jai gangajal :- Another flop!
VazDiago: Jai Gangajal definitely not that great movie without "Ajay"
sinpulsive: Jai Gangajal is like literally the worst #WomensDay gift for women all over the world.
shalini_minia: Didn't care much for Jai Gangajal
LovingPeeCee: "Get the man(Prakash Jha) out of the frame for some minutes, and Jai Gangaajal is a decent watch"- @IndiaToday
jacksparrow711: Kkhh3~flop Terebinladen2~flop Jai gangaajal~flop
hisnameisjha: Jai Gangaajal was very unexpected from Prakash Jha. Too much emphasis on aviators, Overacting by other actors & Terrible background scores.
DEV252923: In Jai Gangajal .... Gangajal seems to be missing . Disappointed the franchise of Gangajal by very wrong casting .
coolajjurana: JAI GANGAJAL is not up to the mark . Rating ** .
BrajenduB: You know Jai Gangaajal has failed when everyone around you is talking about Baccha Yadav during intermission.
birupakhya: Jai Gangajal is an effigy of really poor direction, screenplay and acting. #JaiGangaajal
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