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Gangaajal poster.jpg
Directed byPrakash Jha
Produced byPrakash Jha
Screenplay byPrakash Jha
Story byMahendra Lalka (Retd IPS)
Music bySandesh Shandilya
Release date
  • 29 August 2003 (2003-08-29)
Running time
157 minutes
Budget70 million (US$970,000)[1]
Box office142.5 million (US$2.0 million)[2]

Gangaajal (English: Ganges' Waters or literally means "Holy Water") is a 2003 Indian Hindi-language crime-action drama[3] film directed by Prakash Jha, starring Ajay Devgn, Gracy Singh and Mukesh Tiwari. The film also mentions the 1980 Bhagalpur blindings.[4] Gangaajal was a hit at the Indian box-office.


The film begins with Superintendent of Police(SP) IPS Amit Kumar (Ajay Devgn) taking charge of the fictitious Tezpur District (West Champaran) in Bihar. The area is notorious for its crime rate, with Tezpur Police under the control of the local don Sadhu Yadav (Mohan Joshi) and his son Sundar Yadav (Yashpal Sharma). Amit tries to instill honesty and courage in his subordinates, but in vain. Bacha Yadav (Mukesh Tiwari), who is a stooge of Sadhu Yadav visits his hideout, sees an infamous local goon Nunwa taking shelter there.

Fearing that arresting him would open the lid on the nexus between Nunwa and the Tezpur Police, he kills Nunwa and misleads Police that he was killed in an encounter. Suspicious about the encounter, Amit Kumar summons Bacha Yadav, puts him off duty temporarily and also tries to keep him away from Sadhu Yadav and Sundar Yadav. Anxious that he would be transferred from Tezpur, Bacha Yadav, seeking the help of Sadhu Yadav, visits his home, where he finds out that he is being ditched by Sadhu and vows to settle score with them. Meanwhile, Sundar manhandles a Public Works Department engineer for not heeding to his word during a tendering process. Amit takes notice of the incident and also finds that a girl is missing from her home after being kidnapped by Sundar. Sensing an opportunity, Bacha Yadav urges Amit to give him one more chance, who obliges him. Bacha Yadav tricks Sundar into a factory where Amit and his men are waiting and after a brief scuffle, Sundar is arrested and produced in a local court, where the judge acquits Sundar on the account of lack of evidence against him.

Sadhu Yadav's men then try to vandalise a shop of local pan vendor after he testified against Sundar, before being arrested and jailed in the police station. There, a fight arises between the accused and Bacha Yadav and his colleagues. It reaches an extreme point with Bacha Yadav piercing the eyes of the accused and pouring acid, referred locally as "Gangaajal", on their eyes. The incident raises a hue and cry in the local media, which accuses Police of vigilante justice. Angered by the incident, Amit Kumar orders his men involved to give their confessions in writing. While all, except Bacha Yadav, deny their involvement, Bacha Yadav writes his confession in a letter and submits it to Amit. When Bacha Yadav reaches his home, he finds his son and wife taken hostage by Sundar Yadav who, after a brief struggle, kills Bacha Yadav by shooting in his eyes. Enraged by the incident, Amit Kumar burns the confession letter of Bacha Yadav and issues a search warrant for Sundar and warns Sadhu Yadav to tell Sundar to surrender himself. Sadhu Yadav applies for an anticipatory bail for Sundar but before Sundar is produced in the court, he is arrested and is taken to jail. This time, the court rejects the bail application and orders the Police to keep Sundar in a 10-day custody.

However, Sadhu Yadav influences local home minister and the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) (Mohan Agashe) of the area, Verma, to release his son and also to send Amit on an emergency leave. After being released, Sundar disrupts the marriage of the girl who he kidnapped earlier and kills her mother in the process. Unable to bear the loss of her mother and the torture at the hands of Sundar, she kills herself in the presence of Amit. Amit detains both Sadhu and Sundar and tries to take them to Police Station. However, locals stop Amit and demand that both be killed then and there itself, before being convinced by him that they would be tried as per the law. On the way to Police Station, however, both Sadhu and Sundar escape. Amit then catches up with them and brief fight takes place between them and the film ends with both Sundar and Sadhu getting killed by falling accidentally on chisels of a plough, which incidentally pierce through their eyes.



1."Alhad Mast Jawani"5:38
2."Chandi Ke Rupaiya"
  • Lalit
3."Rasiya Man Basiya"
  • Lalit
4."Jaankinaath Sahay Kare"6:50
Total length:20:12

Box office[edit]

In India, the film grossed 142.5 million (US$2.0 million) and was a hit at the box office. In the UK, it grossed £13,288.[6][7]


The film received mostly positive reviews. Deepa Gumaste of praised the film and saying that though the film "doesn't have anything original to say, it is well shot, well edited and brilliantly enacted by most of the lead actors".[8] Anupama Chopra wrote: "Gangaajal is persuasive cinema. It is not pleasant but it is memorable."[9] It currently holds a "65% fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 3.6/5.[10]



A sequel Jai Gangaajal starring Priyanka Chopra was released in March, 2016.


  1. ^ "GangaaJal for box office salvation". The Hindu. 4 September 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2003.
  2. ^ Box Office 2003
  3. ^ Gangaajal: Bollywood Life
  4. ^ Nayar, Mandira (2 September 2003). "Damming the flow of Gangaajal". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Sanjay Dutt wants wife's item number to be dropped from Gangajal". Hindustan Times. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  6. ^ Gangaajal at IBOS
  7. ^ "Gangaajal at Box Office India".[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Gumate, Deepa (29 August 2003). "Another ace for Ajay!".
  9. ^ Chopra, Anupama (15 September 2003). "Grim tale, memorable performance". India Today. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Gangaajal – Rotten Tomatoes".
  11. ^ Gangajal – Awards 'Prakash Jha Productions'.
  12. ^ Awards Internet Movie Database.

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