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Jai GangaaJal - Movie Review

Verdict - "Agonizing and disappointing"

With the ongoing trend of making a strong female character driven films, Bollywood had a pretty good track record in the past couple of years where movies like Queen, Mardaani, Tanu Weds Manu, Piku and many more garnered both critical and commercial success.

Although Priyanka's last women-centric film "Mary Kom" was a bit of a disappointment, my expectations for "Jai GangaaJal" were considerably high, not only because of PC's compelling look but also because it's directed by Prakash Jha who is a pioneer when it comes to directing realistic political dramas. So, did Jai GangaaJal meet my expectations?

*Cue dramatic music* In the world where corruption doesn't have a sympathetic conclusion, where policemen are forced to follow the line drawn by politicians, where people are contrived to follow their leader's orders arrives a fearless women police officer who was placed in between a group of reckless police officers and hard-nosed politicians. Will she prevail over? Or will she fail? Watch it in "Jai GangaaJal".

Here are my complaints, the story line of the movie had new to offer, it is flat-out boring and failed to seize my attention. And with a mundane script, the run time of the film is unbearably long as I kept checking my watch constantly. It never required a 2hr, 40 minutes extended stretch as they're many unwanted scenes that could've been sliced in the editor's room. When it comes to the screenplay of the film, it was all over the place with a complicated vibe that would've been avoided. They're certain scenes in the film that didn't have a definite conclusion and ended abruptly and few scenes that were just randomly placed.

And on the bright side, the performances from the complete cast were satisfactory. Priyanka Chopra was impressive with her brave, gutsy persona but her character was not well thought out and totally missed the emotional part. Prakash Jha's performance was surprisingly good and his negative character was particularly intriguing to watch.

Overall, Jai GangaaJal is not a movie that I rush you to go and watch. This political drama had few imposing aspects like the performances but was a major let down on a narrative standpoint and moreover it is too long that made me more agonizing. I'm sorry, but this movie didn't work out for me.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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