Ganga - Amitabh in a role that suits him

Saw the Bhojpuri film Ganga (2006) starring Ravi Kishen, Manoj Tiwari, Nagma, Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. Old school. Traditional Indian. Really rather decent. I was pleasantly surprised with the plot and the performances that went into making the movie a profit-earner.

No, Bollywood fans do not typically talk of films like Ganga. Especially not those of us in the U.S. First of all, the movie is not in Hindi (but the dialogs are intelligible!). Second of all, those who do not appreciate movies set in villages will not enjoy the film.

For my first Bhojpuri movie-watching experience, it did not disappoint. In fact, it almost reminded me of some old-school Hindi TV serials.

Amitabh Bachchan is effective as usual. It seems we take such fine performances for granted by him. And why not? Nagma does very well first as a fiery young single woman and then as a loyal housewife and home administrator. Ravi Kishen and Manoj Tiwari are good as well. The movie could have done without Hema Malini, but then people like me would likely not have picked to watch it without more than one familiar name (that's only a joke), so for that alone, she is worth having alongside Amitabh. All in all, worth watching if you can understand some Bhojpuri. If not, follow the subtitles and hope that it is accurate in its translation.

Rating: **1/2

My Classification: U/G -- this is among the cleanest of movies you will see

Watch it if: you appreciate rural India, justice, and fighting through thick and thin.

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