On the one hand you have Priyanka Chopra making waves in the west with her involvement with projects like Quantico and Baywatch. On the other hand, you have the desi girl playing a feral young female cop fighting corruption and injustice in Bihar in Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal.
Enter Abha Mathur, the first female SP of Bihar’s Bankipur district, a region so corrupt that it makes Wasseypur look like Essel World. What follows is an action packed tale of a solitary powerful woman’s fight against social injustices, inequality, mafia and corruption. The film treads familiar ground as it is a spiritual successor to the original Gangaajal but lacks any sort of originality. It covers issues we have all seen before and fails to offer anything new.
Director Prakash Jha has crafted yet another familiar cop thriller with the only difference being is a female cop instead of his favourite Ajay Devgn. The script gets muddled very soon as it tries to tackle way too many issues and often misses out on the entertainment factor.
PeeCee on the other hand gives her heart and soul to the character of Abha Mathur. If there is one lady in B-town who can actually beat up a bunch of baddies, it has to be Priyanka. But even her intense and honest portrayal cannot salvage this lacklustre film. Prakash Jha himself seems to draw inspiration from Nana Patekar for his character making us wonder why he didn’t cast Nana instead.
Overall, Jai Gangaajal is worth a watch just for Priyanka but you really shouldn’t expect anything special from this movie. We shall go with 2 stars for this film.