Director: Prakash Jha
Poor villagers running around and open gypsies trailing them has become a trademark of Prakash Jha’s filmmaking.
So, it doesn’t come as a jolt when the Priyanka Chopra – starrer Jai Gangaajal opens on a similar note. In fact, it would have been surprising if Jai Gangaajal would have begun on a different track. And, of course, there would be a double-meaning song disguised as a folk song playing in the background. Well, this is what it takes to be Prakash Jha. You need to be commercial as well as niche in your approach. Isn’t this what he has been doing in Raajneeti, Aarakshan, Chakravyuh and Satyagrah?
IPS Abha Mathur (Priyanka) has been given the independent charge of Bankipur after five years of serving at the secretariat on CM-in-waiting Chaudhary’s (Kiran Karmarkar) insistence. But, these lucrative postings don’t come easy to honest cops and thus Abha gets a readymade challenge in the form of local MLA Babloo Pandey (Manav Kaul).
But, we know Jha and thus there has to be a social angle. Samanta Industries wants to buy land in order to inaugurate their new factory, but activists and some villagers are opposing the forceful acquisition. Now, the local administration has to take a stand, but that doesn’t seem possible in the current set-up where every cop is on Babloo Pandey’s pay-roll.
You must be remembering Gangaajal (2003) by now. And just to take all your doubts away, let me tell you that corrupt cops are led by circle officer Bhola Nath Singh (Prakash Jha) who still believes in the power of ‘khakee’. Did you just say Bachcha Yadav?
Yes, it’s a complete throwback to Gangaajal except Abha Mathur replacing Amit Kumar (Ajay Devgn) from the original. It’s another version of Gangaajal with a different starcast. Seeing Ajay Devgn as the current police commissioner was quite a possibility.
But, can’t a rehash be also a good film?