Movie Review: Jai Gangaajal (2016)
Director: Prakash Jha
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Prakash Jha, Manav Kaul, Ninad Kamat, Murli Sharma
Writer: Prakash Jha
Rating: 2.3/5 stars
It’s been thirteen long years since the release of Prakash Jha’s classic crime drama, the cop film Gangaajal. That’s about where the similarities between the Ajay Devgn and Priyanka Chopra-starrer end. Jai Gangaajal is neither a direct sequel of its predecessor nor does it pack as many gut-wrenching punches as the first film did. Does Priyanka make an impact as a cop charged with handling an entire jurisdiction? She certainly does. Does Prakash Jha make a convincing debut as an actor? Or boy, you bet he does. Does the film live up to the lofty standards of the 2003 classic and Prakash Jha’s direction in general? Umm…not so much.
Priyanaka, who’s on a roll with her Hollywood projects, proves yet again why she’s our most convincing actress in action scenes and while delivering tough dialogues. Sadly, the script doesn’t allow her to shine enough. Kaul and Kamat are effectively menacing as the villainous sibling and Jha impresses every step of the way. If only, the proceedings on screen unfolded as evenly as their performances.
Images Courtesy: Prakash Jha Productions and Play Entertainment