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'Jai Gangaajal' review: How a woman IPS officer takes on powerful politicians is an interesting watch!
'Jai Gangaajal' is all about how an honest woman IPS officer takes on powerful politicians and goons in order to give some relief to the already frustrated people. A sequel of the 2003 crime drama 'Gangaajal,' the film is a female-centric flick that proves,"Jab khaki ka rang sahi ho na, toh chahe usse mard pehne ya aurat....namardon ko chutki mein unki aukaat dikha deti hai.'

Like every Prakash Jha film, 'Jai Gangaajal' too deals with issues like greedy politicians, lawless lands with highly frustrated civilians in saerch of hope. Although, the film can be a decent watch, the sequel is not as good as its masterpiece prequel. 

Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Prakash Jha, Manav Kaul, Ninad Kamat, Rahul Bhat

Director: Prakash Jha

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Duration: 2 hours 29 minutes

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

'Jai Gangaajal' revolves around SP Abha Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) who replaces SP Amit Kumar (in Gangaajal) and becomes the first woman SP of Bankipur district in Bihar. The film is based on the politician-criminal nexus that rules Bankipur. Now, how Mathur goes against the corrupt wrongdoers like Bankipur local MLA (Manav Kaul) and the uniformed henchman of Lakhisarai district BN Singh (played by Prakash Jha) is rest of the story.

IPS Mathur is a disciplined and committed officer who tries to keep commoners protected from the clutches of mafia and corrupt politicians. But, her fellow officer BN Singh proves to be a mole in the system and turns situations in favour of the local MLA's that pinch Mathur. But how long can she allow it to continue?

The hero of the film is Mathur who is powerful, but the villains are no less. The fights between them is what puts life into the story. Chopra impresses audience from the very first scene. Her spontaneity, grit and passion is quite visible. Film is packed with crisp dialogues and powerful one liners.

However, the plot is predictable from the start and has a dragging narration in the first part of the film. It picks up only at the interval and the second half is engaging with a considerable climax.

As IPS Mathur, Chopra is no less than actors like Ajay Devgn (Gangaajal) and Manoj Bajpayee (Shool) who had played similar characters. In fact, she seems to be more powerful as a woman IPS tackling the corrupt system single-handley on her own shoulders. 

Since she is an international star now, she was expected to give a good rendition. Undoubtedly, her work is the highlight of the film. Director Prakash Jha too has made his debut in acting with his rogue cop role. While there are no issues with his acting skills, the only problem lies in his voice that sounds more like veteran actor Nana Patekar. 

"Jai Gangaajal" has good production value while Salim-Sulaiman's musical score is soothing. Sachin Krishna's cinematography with aptly choreographed action sequences are appreciable. Prakash Jha's tight script and punch-line dialogues bring interest in the film.

Manav Kaul, Ninad Kamat, Rahul Bhat, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Murli Sharma, Vega Tamotia and others have done good jobs. The main issue with this film is that it tries to focus on too many issues at the same time, thus lacking a specific direction. However, if you are a Priyanka fan, then give this film a shot.

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