The year 2001 saw the 'advent' of an extremely hardline film titled GANGAAJAL that starred Ajay Devgn, Gracy Singh and Mukesh Tiwari in pivotal roles. The film went onto become a blockbuster at the box-office. Today sees the release of JAI GANGAAJAL, that's set in the similar (if not same) premise. What one needs to understand is that JAI GANGAAJAL is not a sequel as it does not start from the point where the previous one ended. JAI GANGAAJAL is a story of the police-society relationship being revisited. It is the story of a cop with a conscience from today's day and age. While GANGAAJAL saw Ajay Devgn as the righteously tough cop, JAI GANGAAJAL sees the dawn of Priyanka Chopra as an IPS officer. Will JAI GANGAAJAL do complete justice to the legacy of GANGAAJAL or will it turn out to be an 'impurity' at the Box-Office, let's analyze.
Will Abha Mathur be able to eradicate corruption and other crimes from the town, is the corrupt cop B. N. Singh's change of heart for real or is it a mere hogwash and does Babloo Pandey become successful in killing Nagesh in order to avenge his brother's killing… is what forms the rest of the story.
Over the years, we have seen the story of an honest cop in many movies. Testimonies to this are in the form of Govind Nihalani's ARDH SATYA, E. Niwas' SHOOL and of course Prakash Jha's GANGAAJAL. Prakash Jha, whose forte has always been the hard hitting stories of the northern India with the undercurrents of heavy political upheaval, springs into action yet again with the screenplay of JAI GANGAAJAL. Despite having politics and nexus as the mainstay, he has tried his level best to keep the film's narrative as lucid (if not simple) as possible. The movie is set in heartland of India. Since we have seen similar films before (corrupt politicians versus cops), there is no novelty factor. However, Prakash Jha's screenplay is engaging. Even though the length of movie acts as deterrent in the film's progress, the positive side of the film is that it has good brand value. One has to give it to Prakash Jha's direction for having churned out some of the most memorable scenes in the film. Like the market scene where Priyanka Chopra bashes a goon in her introductory sequence, the confrontation scenes, Ninad Kamath's hanging scene, Manav Kaul mercilessly beating Prakash Jha.
When it comes to directing of films belonging to the 'political thriller' genre, Prakash Jha has been very good at it. JAI GANGAAJAL only acts as yet another testimony to the same. While the story establishes itself in the engaging first half, the second half revolves around the confrontation between Priyanka Chopra and corrupt villains. In the second half, the camera is not on Priyanka Chopra, but on Prakash Jha, which totally takes focus away from the central character. Despite all the odds, Prakash Jha manages somehow to keep the viewers on the hooks with his engaging narrative.
Even though the film's music (Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant) has nothing much to boast about, it's the film's background score that works with the narrative.
While the film's cinematography (Sachin Krishn) is decent, the film's editing (Santosh Mandal) is praise worthy, although there could have been a handful of scenes that could have been chopped off that could have worked in favour of the film, especially in reducing the length of the movie. A special mention to the film's dialogues which are excellent with lines that are soaked in acid.
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.