Jai Gangaajal movie review: Priyanka Chopra’s too-sophisticated unmade-up-make-up is very distracting

Jai Gangaajal movie review: Priyanka Chopra’s too-sophisticated unmade-up-make-up is very distracting, even in her few convincing moments. And the film goes on for far too long, even when we know how all of it will end.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: March 6, 2016 2:41 pm
Jai Gangaajal movie review: Priyanka Chopra’s too-sophisticated unmade-up-make-up is very distracting, even in her few convincing moments. And the film goes on for far too long, even when we know how all of it will end.

The best part about ‘Jai Gangaajal’, director Prakash Jha’s latest foray into the country’s badlands, is a surprise acting turn by Jha himself: as a corrupt-cop-with-a-latent-conscience, Jha looks as if he has been doing this all his life, so comfortable is he in front of the camera.

Too bad you can’t say the same for the leading lady. As the take-charge-policewoman-in-a-tough-posting, Priyanka Chopra comes off as dressed-for-the-part and stilted. You can see she’s trying hard, especially in some of the ‘action’ sequences in which she has to kick and punch and thrash, but she’s far too smooth for this part.

Also read: Jai Gangaajal audience review: Priyanka Chopra’s performance leaves fans stunned

Everything else in this sequel of ‘Gangaajal’, which replaces the khaki-clad Ajay Devgn with Priyanka Chopra, and pouring acid in the eye with a hanging from the nearest tree/post/fan, falls strictly in the seen-before-category. Bankipur, a village over- run by greedy politicians, ‘bikey-huey-cops’, and self-serving locals, could be any Jha ‘gaon’ from his previous films.

The detailing is just a little different—an effeminate ‘chamcha’ (Sharma), a young girl refusing to give up her patch of land (Tamotia), a podgy baddie in colourful shirts (Kamath; nice to see him in a substantial role)—but overall, this is Jha’s much-traversed universe, in which the lawless rule and the law is an ass, till the hero (or in this instance, the heroine) shows up to clean up the mess.

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The villains, called Babloo Bhaiyya (Kaul, who’s making it a habit of playing evil pols), and his ‘chota bhai’  Dabloo Bhaiyya, are in cahoots with powerful land-grabbers and goons. Of course SP Abha Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) runs afoul of this mafia, and of course, she is threatened. But this kind of film also needs redemption, so the bad guys are vanquished, and the weak find collective strength to wreck questionable vigilante justice, in order for everyone to go home happy, cynical eyebrows unraised. Read: Jai Gangaajal to be Priyanka Chopra’s real test

But not before we have had many lectures on the sanctity of the uniform, and how, whatever anyone does, it shouldn’t be sullied. And how cops are ‘rakhaels’ of the politicians, who, the film unfailingly suggests, are the worst of the lot. And how the system sucks. “Kuch bhi kar lo par vardi par haath nahin uthaana chahiye tha.” says BN Singh ( Jha), and that is all it takes for him to see the light.

Priyanka Chopra’s too-sophisticated unmade-up-make-up is very distracting, even in her few convincing moments. And the film goes on for far too long, even when we know how all of it will end, and even when we are thoroughly enjoying Jha’s authentic’ leheja’ : ‘aap ko koi galat misguide kiye hain’, he says, and we smile.

I won’t mind watching him again.

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Star Cast of Jai Gangaajal: Priyanka Chopra, Prakash Jha, Manav Kaul, Murli Sharma, Ninad Kamath, Vega Tamotia, Rahul Bhat, Kiran Karmakar

Director: Prakash Jha

One and a half stars.

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    Ajitdada
    Mar 5, 2016 at 7:57 pm
    Some kind of surgery have destro her lips and her expressions are confusing. Not sure she can act or have acting talent. Giving photoshoot to a cosmetics advt. is differnt and acting like smita patil is different.
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      Anjali
      Mar 6, 2016 at 11:39 am
      Priyanka Chopra acting stunned me a lot
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        Bollwood Galiyara
        Mar 4, 2016 at 9:40 am
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          anbu
          Apr 27, 2016 at 5:03 pm
          very good film , even tamil actor vijay can copy this film.
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            dipinty ghosal
            Mar 14, 2016 at 10:13 am
            haha. ya ya... acting talent han :P and how did hollywood take her han? fr quantico? dat too 1st asian actress to act in a hollywood series.. maybe they shud hv consulted u 1st... lol
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              gaurav
              Mar 8, 2016 at 9:21 am
              a very good movie... great acting done by priyanka
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                Harendra sharma
                Dec 26, 2016 at 6:32 pm
                indian exprees bakwaas website hai lt;br/gt;movie ki nahi yaha star ki rating hote hai 😧😧😧😧
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                  Harendra sharma
                  Dec 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm
                  movie is too good
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