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Nov 18, 2003 01:40 PM 7271 Views
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Its amazing how many things Gangajal can be associated with. Apart from purity (not in the strictest sense of word ofcourse.. check any Ganga Ghat and u'll know),mother figure, the anaghashini (Destroyer of sin) etall. And a mineral water bottle.And a soap. It is also a purifier. So Mr. Prakash Jha takes a cue from the real life case of the horrific ‘Bhagalpur blindings’ case of 1979-1980 and makes a movie with an apt title ''Gangajal''.


The Movie is Good, distrubing, Lewd and crude, scenes dipicting raw voilence and ofcourse sone wonderful acting and some sharp scissor work aka editing.


Amit Kumar (Ajay Devgan) is an upright SP officer who is transferred to a district in Bihar called Tejpur.Gracy singh plays his wife. (not much of a role for her in the movie) Sadhu Yadav (Mohan Joshi) and his son Sunder (Yashpal Sharma) rule the place with iron fist. And they are Top line criminals who also happen to drabble in politics. And then there is the age old clash of good V/s evil when Amit attempts to bring these two to books.He meets with stiff resistance from Yadav.


One of the Amit's subordinates is hands in gloves with Yadav ( Played superbly by Akhilendra Mishra.. the one ''yekkka Pitashree'' fame of Chandrakanta) And there is Baccha Yadav (Again played superbly by Mukesh Tiwari) who is an honest soul but under the obligation of Sadhu Yadav. Amit helps him rekindle his sense of duty and Baccha Yadav inturn,helps Amit in arresting Sundar.


Some of Amit Kumar’s subordinates, inspired by Amit and the reckless courage shown by Baccha Yadav in confronting Sadhu Yadav and his goons arrest few small time henchmen. In the lockup,Emotions erupt and the policemen, fustrated over years by their inablility to deal with Sadhu Yadav and their helplessness, assault


the criminals crually in the lock-up before and stab their eyes and blind them with acid. (Nothing less that acid emtied from an Automotive battery)


Thus is born a weapon thats supposed to cleanse society of wrongdoers, blatantly termed as Gangaajal. The situation turns worse when people start taking law onto their hands and start attacking the criminals with Acid/Gangajal. So much so, when a local Reporter prints an article against the inhuman treatment given to the


criminals in custody, his house is attacked by the irate mob and is beaten up.


Hurrah!! people want Justice. And in Style! and its fast and efficient. Catch a roadside romeo who passes remarks at our women and lo.. we have a ready container of Acid. Be careful Dude.. u'll never know what burnt you.


Prakash Jha,the sensitive director he is, has treated this subject well and he is able to keep the viewer engrossed in the proceedings. He is able to create a small town environment where police is helpless against a criminal who is too big a fish to net.


Full kudos to Jha and all the actors who bring out the crude behaviour and aggresive/timid lifestyles of the people sketched in the movie to life. They are very realistic. With an exception of an item number ( a catchy tune I must add)


the whole movie is eminently watchable, although Jha hasn't done justice during Climax and opts for a rather timid end.


Ajey Devgan, as usual has done a wonderful Job again ( brooding eyes Sigh). I am not sure how much I would appreciate a lead character puffing out 40 ciggys/a day when he is tensed, but I am not sure how else his tension could have been dipicted. (I dont agree at all that it adds to Macho Look). Full credits to Akhilendra Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari and Yeshpal Sharma. They are simply Superb.


To sum it up, Gangajal is eminently watchable. It has a taut script, Some wonderful acting all around and a neat direction. Watch it people!


PS: A word of Caution. The movie is full of Voilence (that numbs your senses at times) and crude language. I would not recommend the movie for a family viewing (especially when kids are involved).


Producer: Entertainment One / Prakash Jha Productions


Director: Prakash Jha


Starring: Ajay Devgan, Gracy Singh, Mohan Agashe, Mohan Joshi, Yashpal Sharma, Akhilendra Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari


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