‘Jai Gangaajal’ not a sequel, it’s a fresh story: Prakash Jha

New Delhi, Oct 6 (IANS) Filmmaker Prakash Jha says his forthcoming film “Jai Gangaajal” can’t be called a sequel of his 2003 film “Gangaajal” as it unfolds a new chapter on the big screen about society-police relationship, with actress Priyanka Chopra facing new challenges.

Priyanka has donned the khaki uniform for the film, which will hit the screens on March 4 next year. The movie, which was earlier named “Gangaajal 2”, will narrate the nexus between police, society and politicians.

Jha’s “Gangaajal”, which featured actor Ajay Devgn, also revolved around the same topic. The filmmaker asserted that he’s revisiting the territory, albeit with a whiff of freshness.

“It can’t be a sequel. That was a film, which had a protagonist with a situation and was complete in itself. ‘Jai Gangaajal’ is a story of police-society relationship revisited. I’m telling the story of a policeman, who happens to be from today’s time,” Jha told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“What happened with Ajay’s character years ago was completely different and what is happening with Priyanka’s character will be different,” he added.

Written and directed by Jha, “Jai Gangaajal” has been produced by Prakash Jha Productions and Play Entertainment. It also stars Manav Kaul, Rahul Bhat, Murli Sharma and Ninand Kamath.

Jha, who is known for framing the reality of society with films like “Raajneeti” and “Satyagraha”, noted that just like Ajay’s character was shown caught in a dilemma in the 2003 film, Priyanka will also face troubles in the forthcoming movie.

The film will also touch upon the hardships of women in the police force, and how she emerges as a “tough nut” to crack.

“Today, when a female police officer is brought in, people think they will be able to manipulate her, but she turns out to be a tough nut to crack. So, conflicts and confrontations start happening,” he added.

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