Jai Gangaajal

Jai Gangaajal’ is a crime drama directed by Prakash Jha. The movie stars Priyanka Chopra, Praksh Jha, Manav Kaul, Ninad Kamat, Murli Sharma and Rahul Bhatt among others.

The film is the sequel of Jha’s 2003 blockbuster ‘Gangaajal’ starring Ajay Devgn. The director is known to exploit corruption and police inefficiency in his films, and he does the same in ‘Jai Gangaajal’. The only difference this time is that a woman cop takes the centrestage to herald a change in the system.

The film opens in the hinterlands of Bankepur district where lawlessness persists. The local MLA Bablu Pandey (Manav Kaul) along with his brother Dablu (Ninad Kamat) unleashes a reign of terror on the poor villagers, and grab their lands and rape the women folk. The local police is hand-in-glove with the corrupt politician and DSP Bhola Nath Singh or BN Singh aka ‘circle babu’, rather than a public servant, serves the criminal brothers by covering up their crimes.

At the behest of the state chief minister Abha Mathur (Priyanka Chopra), a family friend’s daughter, is appointed as the SP of Bankepur. She is told that it is a nice and quiet place and she only has to ensure the smooth prevalence of a power plant project. However, when Abha arrives in Bankepur, she finds many unlawful things taking place and police supporting them. She is also able to sense the dynamics of her junior BN Singh.   

Dablu and his gang of goons are forcibly snatching the lands of the poor villagers by luring them with money and threatening them for the power project which is funding his MLA brother for the upcoming elections. Abha fights against the wayward goons, and seeing her courage some personnel of her force also come forward to her aid. While most of the farmers due to fear, one brave woman named Sunita (Vega Tamotia) refuses to relent. She is then raped and killed by Dablu who in turn is strangulated by Sunita’s kid brother Nagesh. The bravery of Sunita and Nagesh moves BN Singh and he has a change of heart. He takes the orphaned boy under his wings, while on the other hand MLA Bablu vows to kill Nagesh to avenge his brother’s death.

How Abha puts a stop to all the violence and how the changed BN Singh protects Nagesh from Bablu forms the rest of the story.

The film offers nothing new that has not been seen like an honest police out to root out corruption from system and people taking law into their hands out of desperation. But it does highlight some real problems plaguing the society like farmer suicide, mob lynching, molestation and rapes. However, too many issues make the film lose its steam somewhere down the line. One good thing is that the director who has also the story of the film didn’t resort to Bollywood staple of providing a love interest for Abha’s character.

Exposing the dark underbelly of the society is Jha’s forte and his characters and their mannerisms are well researched and the environment and setting suitable. Priyanka shines as the no-nonsense, brave and unstoppable cop. Although, Priyanka is the protagonist, Jha steals the show as the corrupt police officer whose conscience awakes after a tragic incident. He has got some of the best scenes and dialogues. Manav Kaul as the power-hungry politician is good in his role, while Ninad Kamat is equally brilliant. Rahul Bhatt’s role is miniscule.

‘Jai Gangaajal’ is quite predictable and seems to stretch on. Jha makes his acting debut and is good in the department. And it is for the performance of the actors that the film may be watched.