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Sep 05, 2003 09:12 AM 4093 Views
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A few years back my grandmother told me about an incident that

happened when family was coming out of theatre after watching

Hrishikesk Mukerjhi's ''Satyakam''.My grandmother told me that one of my cousin

grandfather commented after watching the grim movie that''We watch

movies to better our mood,not to spoil it''.I guess many people echo this feeling

even today after watching a serious-hard hitting saga like Gangaajal.

The movie begins with the coming of SP Amit Kumar(Ajay Devgan)

to an imaginary town of Tezpur.He is acoompanied by his wife(Gracy

Singh).Kumar is very perturbed to see the condition of law-breakers and law-keeperes in

this crime filled city.Sadhu Yadav(Mohan Joshi) and his notorious

son(Yashpal Sharma) are the self-proclaimed crime kings of the city.They have

reduced Tezpur to a corrupt,violent and terrible city.The police officers

charcters range from honest Khan(Ayub Khan) to corrupt yet brave Bachcha

Yadav(Mukesh Tiwari) to totally corrupt (Akhilendra Mishra).Even the IG(Mohan

Agashe) also has close inks with Sadhu.Amit tries to pump life in the dead system and succeeds to an

extent.However when angry policemen start giving criminals the punishment they deserve

by blinding them in jail(a violent depiction of the Bhagalpur blindings)

and pouring acid over them(Gangaajal),the condition goes out of hand.What

follows is a series of events which confuse Amit as much as it confuses

the viewer as to what is right and what is wrong.While Amit feels that

criminals should be dealt strictly,the concept of Gangaajal(acid pouring) is a

total no-no.What should be done and what should not be done is the question which keeps

lingering in the mind of audience hours after the saga has ended.

To start off with the negative points, it has to be said

that the concept of police fighting the criminals has been done to death.Prakash

Jha's saga ranges from intense to grim to drag.infact the last half an

hour is unecessarily dragged and tests the patience of viewer.Anothet

negative point of the movie is that it is too violent.The scenes of policemen

blinding the prisoners is chilling but at the same time too gory.The

usage of swear words many times in the movie will not be accepted by the

family audience.The song sequence looks forced in..

Now the positive points.Prakash Jha's script shows that he has

done commendable research on Bihar.Many of the incidents shown in the movie

are real and have been handled very ably.Jha's direction is first rate.He

has succeeded in giving that rough look and made the movie in a very

realistic way.Unlike other cop movies here the hero does not use the barrel till

the end as a mean to end the menace.Ajay devgan one again shows his talent

as an actor and screen presence as a star.He looks every bit the police

supritendent and acts amazingly controlled.The way he uses his eyes,lights his cigaratte

and dailogue delivery is absolutely first rate.Mohan Joshi also tries to

underplay his character but falls flat.Yashpal Sharma hams.Akhilendra

Mishra is hopeless.Mohan Agashe as usual is horrible.Ayub Khan is ok.However

after Ajay Devgan if any actor makes an impact it is undoubtedly Mukesh

Tiwari.In the role of a police officer Tiwari has given a sterling performance

which is award-worthy.

On the whole despite having its set of flaws,Gangaaajal is

Still several notches above a normal hindi movie.It is quite

capable of creating a controversy for its realism and very capable of getting

Jha and Devgan both awards as well as critical acclaim.

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