A real life-like drama which makes you forget that you are watching a film. Unfortunately these incidents of lawlessness and wrong doings still take place in Central India.
Jai Gangaajal is the story of a lady Superintendent of Police (S.P.) Abha Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) who takes charge in Bankepur in Central India. Her mission is to earnestly implement the law exactly in the same manner as the oath taken by her during the course of her Police training.
Its prequel Gangaajal had Ajay Devgn who plays a cop and is the protagonist in a somewhat similar drama. Apart from the glamorous Priyanka Chopra as the central character, the director Prakash Jha himself debuts as an actor who plays the role of a Circle Babu (a senior Inspector).
It is Priyanka Chopra’s film as she pulls off action sequences realistically, underplays her emotions, extremely sensitive to the happenings in her area of jurisdiction while carrying out her duties as the conscientious top-cop.
The district is plagued with corruption, lawlessness and wrong doings, land grabbing amidst the farmer suicides. A local MLA Bablu Pandey (Manav Kaul) virtually rules over the people in the district.
So much so that his brother openly commits a crime and even a murder in a broad daylight in the market area, yet there isn’t one in the public who would give a testimony against them in the court of law.
The upright top-cop who doesn’t tolerate any indiscipline finds her sub-ordinates succumbing under the local politicians and the prominent among them is Bhole Nath Singh aka B N Singh (Prakash Jha) who has assets amounting to hundreds of crores with the blessings of the local politician.
One feels so entrenched in the story that amidst all the illegalities, corruption, rapes and other rampant anti social activities happening in the district, the viewer gets the feeling of relief in every scene when the SP enters the scene. SP Abha Mathur is non-corrupt as she is the sole believer in understanding the plight of the plebeians keeping a balance in maintaining law and order.
Interestingly, when Abha Mathur who personally and physically handles the goons at ground level to maintain law and order, it awakens the spirits of certain upright male officers who otherwise were frustrated with the system in their own department.
The film deals with corruption, police-politicians nexus, the top cop peforming her duties within the framework of law and then realizing that her superiors are controlled by the Ministers.
Priyanka Chopra comes up with a power packed performance and its a treat to watch the helplessness and frustration of her subordinate played by Prakash Jha who realizes that the politicos used him till now to their benefit and it was unfair of him covering up all the misdeeds of the power hungry politician played by Manav Kaul.
Almost all of the central characters come up with brilliant performances. Jai Gangaajal is a realistic crime drama. You really feel for the SP who experiences helplessness and pressure which are an hindrance to her effectively tackling the law and order situations.
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Priyanka Chopra – SP Abha Mathur
Prakash Jha – Inspector B N Singh
Manav Kaul – Local MLA Babloo Pandey
Murli Sharma – Munni Mardaani
Vega Tamotia – the Farmer’s daughter
Ninad Kamat – Dabloo Pandey
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar – Farmer’s school going son
Directed by Prakash Jha
Produced by Prakash Jha, Milind Dabke
Story and Screenplay by Prakash Jha
Music by Salim-Sulaiman
Cinematography – Sachin Krishn
Edited by Santosh Mandal
Prakash Jha Productions, Play Entertainment
Jai Gangaajal, Movie review