Cast: Ajay Devgan, Gracy Singh, Mohan Joshi,
Yshpal Sharma, Akhilendra Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari, Ayub
Khan, Chetan Pandit, Anoop Soni, Mohan Agashe, Master
Yash Pathak, Prateeksha Khanwelkar, Kranthi Dinanath
Redkar, Anita Kanwal, Paritosh Sand, Mahesh Gupta, Sameep
Singh, Ajay Rohilla, Brij Gopal, Rakesh Vidua, Payal
Srivastava, Deepak Chand, Padam Singh, Mukul Nag, Vishnu
Sharma, Maanyata, Ajay Srivastava, Dayashankar Pandey
& Sanjay Swaraj
Banner: Entertainment One & Prakash Jha productions
Director of Photography: Arvind K
Music Composer: Sandesh Shandilya (song), Wayne
Sharpe (background score)
Writer - Editor - Producer - Director: Prakash
release date: 29th August 2003
Amit Kumar (Ajay Devgan) is transferred to Tejpur district
in Bihar state. Sadhu Yadav (Mohan Joshi) along with
his ruffian son Sundar Yadav (Yashpal Sharma) controls
the entire district with their mafia-politics. Being
an honest cop he is, SP Amit Kumar begins cleaning up
the system. In the process he meets up with stiff resistance
from Yadavs. They apply all sorts of pressures on Amit
Kumar, but in vain. Meanwhile, the cops working under
Amit Kumar get inspired by him and try to clean up the
system by illegal means. In one such incident, the colleagues
of Amit Kumar throw acid (gangaajal) on hardcore criminals
who were put up in the cell of police station.
particular incident sparks off inspiration among the
citizens in Tejpur. They start rebelling against atrocities
committed by Yadavs. This upsets SP Amit Kumar as his
colleagues and crowds are using unlawful means to eradicate
evil elements. The rest of the film is all about how
Amit Kumar ends up erasing the Yadavs out of the space.
Devgan underplayed his character to the perfection.
His body language, walking style and taut gestures magnified
his portrayal of the character. He is simply amazing
in that role of a strict cop. Gracy Singh - who played
the role of wife and conscience keeper of Ajay Devgan
- did not have much role to play. Mukesh Tiwari as a
hyper cop did an extraordinary job. Mohan Joshi and
Yashpal Sharma - as Yadavs - did their part well. The
body language of Akhilendra Mishra is cartoonish and
it evokes some laughter.
The basic storyline of this film closely resembles cop
films like Pratibhand and Shool. The following are the
weaklings in the film
The title Gangajal symbolically represents the acid.
But that acid is used only two times in the entire
film. The story and narration of the film did not
highlight the usage of gangajal (acid) effectively.
2. Though hero Ajay Devgan is given a underplayed
role, he is shown as the guy who controls everything
unilaterally. He recruits cops and dismisses them
at his will. The hero has so much power in the hierarchy
that even his superiors fear him.
3. The villains harass everybody in the town including
the colleagues of the hero, but they can't do a thing
to hero. They don't touch/attack hero or any of his
4. The characters of villains are not established
- direction: The screenplay of the film is good
in the beginning of the film. But it's clichéd
later on. Direction of the film is good in parts. Director
Prakash Jha who was known for making impact-making films
in the past could not deliver the goods this time. Narration
of the film is interesting in a few scenes, but boring
most of the times. Director failed to get his message
across to the audiences.
There is one typical nautanki song in this film, which
was composed by Sandesh Shandilya and was canned in
an uninteresting mode. Wayne Sharpe, a composer from
New York, has done the background music. The background
score is average.
departments: Few of the dialogues in the film are
hard hitting. A few expletives were liberally used throughout
the film. Camera work by Arvind is OK. The film is produced
on a relatively low budget.
Here is the graph of the film. It opens with interesting
narration and all the characters come in to play one
by one. The first 20 minutes of the film is interesting.
But after that the excitement dries up as the story
falls on predictable line. The scene before interval
is good. But the director let the script loose in the
second half and made it a boring and clichéd
fare by the time it reaches the climax. This film offers
no entertainment value in terms of songs and comedy.
There is lot of blood and gore in 'Gangaajal'. It's
a serious film. It might do reasonably well in B and
C centers. But it's a strict no for the people who look
for value for money in form of entertainment.