Hindustan Times: New
Delhi, India,Aug 31, 2003. It is perhaps
the most realistic portrayal of grassroots
Bihar and a corrupt law and order system
Outlook: National, India
/ Aug 08, 2003.
With Gangaajal, Prakash Jha steps into
politically explosive terrain.
He keeps the issues of morality,
crime and punishment tantalisingly open-ended.
The right and wrong are not so disparate
in Jha's Tejpur, nor are there any ready
solutions. It's this uneasiness which
works, particularly in the frustration,
cynicism and many dilemmas of police officer
Bachcha Yadav (Mukesh Tiwari) who may
have done many wrongs but isn't such a
bad guy after all. Jha's focus is on the
use of violence in a venal, decaying society.
So, the build-up to the machismo, recklessness
and violence of the "incident"
has a definite context. For Jha, the acid
or Gangaajal is a metaphor for cleansing
the corrupt system, a springboard for
a violent public movement, of mob frenzy,
nihilism and revenge, Problematic but
Jha's biggest plus is the detailing of
his characters - none of them gets lost
in the large canvas. The vignettes of
police life, the intricacies of established
corruption are well portrayed.
Hitavada: Nagpur, India,
Aug 31, 2003. Jha underlines the sublime
notion of poetic justice. It thus subverts
the question of telling what is right
and what is wrong.
But it does make a strong statement on
issues which are close to the society
Indian Express: New
Delhi, India, Aug 31, 2003. Prakash Jha
returns to his native stamping ground,
the badlands of Bihar, and to crackling
Where Gangaajal stands out from the others
of its ilk is the stamp of authenticity.
The strength of Jha's film, which takes
its principal cue from the mid-80s blinding
of undertrials in Bhagalpur, is that he
doesn't draw any black and white lines.
Deccan Chronicle: Hyderabad,
India, Aug 31, 2003. What makes Jha's
film superior is the complexity he manages
to bring into his narration and the strong
moral stance he takes through his protagonist
Amit Kumar (Ajay Devgan).
Jha does raise a few pertinent issues
and the tragedy is that there are no answers.
The Times of India:
New Delhi, India, Aug 31, 2003. The last
time Prakash Jha created an impact was
with Mrityudand, the film which gave Madhuri
Dixit the platform she always deserved
- but rarely got to showcase her talent.
This time, he has provided a similar platform
to Ajay Devgan, currently, Bollywood's
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