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JAI GANGAAJAL: Prakash Jha fires his acting shots over Priyanka Chopra's shoulders

March 7, 2016 3:07:36 PM IST
By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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Filmmaker Prakash Jha known for cashing the social exotica of India's hinterland on silver screen, this time with JAI GANGAAJAL has shot his age old acting desires over Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra's shoulder...


Jha has cleverly and cunningly in this follow-up of the 2003 brand GANGAAJAL series that starred Ajay Devgn, had ‘cut' his acting chops by slicing a star and brand like Priyanka Chopra's role and presence to make his ‘dream' acting debut.

The movie registered a 5.5 cr, opening on day one, which is about 80 lakh more than the opening day collections of the rightly promoted Sonam Kapoor's game changer NEERJA, which by all means was bound to swell owing to its almost flawless cinematic, social and human appeal.

Obviously a bigger star Priyanka Chopra starrer JAI GANGAAJAL got a better opening (even after Priyanka Chopra not present physically for promotions owing to her Hollywood assignments), NEERJA in due course has prevailed as India's important film and is rightly being considered for the country's official entry for the coveted Oscars..

JAI GANGAAJAL - an escapist cinema that is made to please the masses, offering off the book solutions to the ongoing problems around our world, never desired to travel in the terrain as a meaningful, important and significant film, neither for the makers or the audience.

However, the audience and especially fans of Priyanka Chopra who is now making the right sound worldwide (QUANTICO, BAYWATCH) expected to see her more in this film which had a role of the fearless IPS officer Abha Mathur - tailor made for her.

Priyanka Chopra who has proven her mettle as an actress who can carry a film on her own shoulders even if it had a different subject like MARY KOM – a biopic of an Indian woman boxer, perform at the box office.

JAI GANGAAJAL seems to be commercially more viable but sadly, the writer, director who also happens to be the producer – Prakash Jha's desire to act or say debut on ‘big' screen has not only eaten Priyanka Chopra's much required footage in the film but also spoiled its box office advantage.

Its remarkable that even under Prakash Jha's shadows, Priyanka Chopra emerges triumph and makes the woman cop brigade proud, the same cannot be said for Prakash Jha who ironically in the movie as a DSP B.N. Singh proves that he is a much better filmmaker than just a strictly average actor who struggles to find the right expressions during important movements. Jha needs to discover nuances of acting first before throwing himself to such public exposure.

Whatever JAI GANGAAJAL has earned and will be earning in future, it will be entirely due to Priyanka Chopra's credentials as a star. A common cinegoer will buy the ticket to watch more of Priynaka Chopra in front of the camera and not a debut of a 65 year old actor who is better off as a writer director..

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