Jal (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 16 Critic Reviews | Purab Kohli, Tannishtha Chatterjee


Purab Kohli, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Kirti Kulhari, Mukul Dev, Saidah Jules, Yashpal Sharma 


Jal PosterGirish Malik


Rakesh Mishra


Girish Malik, Rakesh Mishra



Sunita Radia


Sonu Nigam, Bickram Ghosh

produced by:

Sumit Kapoor, Girish Malik, Yogesh Mittal, Puneet Singh



weird aggregate rating 4.6/10genre:


release date:

run time:
126 minutes


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Reviews- (Ratings out of 10)
  •  India Today -Saurabh Dwivedi Rating-7
Girish Malik's film 'Jal' tells the story of a dry land, and an attempt to get water back to it. But here in the Great Rann of Kutch water's not the only thing being scoped out. It's a story of people and how their lives are weaved together. Watch the movie if such 'experimental' movies interest you,

  •  Times of India -Madhureeta Mukherjee Rating-7
Time for a desert safar(i). So carry gallons of water (even blood can't buy you more), ample sun block and a spirit that doesn't drain along the dusty roads (of Rann of Kutch, Gujarat). There will be camels for company too, so beware; it will be a slow, rugged, bumpy, but breathtaking ride.

  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-7
At a time when indie cinema is gradually but definitely making a mark in India, it's heartening to note that spanking new stories concerning rural India are being backed by Studios and getting showcased at prime multiplexes. I earnestly feel, a number of stories with a rustic backdrop,

  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-2
Bakka ( Kohli) is a water-diviner who knows better than anyone else where to find the precious life-source in the bone-dry Rann. ‘Jal’ may have been started off to tell us imaginatively about a pressing problem : how lack of water can lead to extinction. But the treatment – tacky, melodramatic,

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-4
If Mr Bhansali ever had to accommodate his vision within the radius of four mud huts and a parched horizon, Jal would be the result. The story is tropical and interesting; the execution of screenplay, not so much. Bakka (Purab Kohli) is an eccentric water-diviner who excels in giving hope

  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-4
Jal is at its crux a very uncomplicated story. Set vastly in the parched lands of Gujrat, the story as the title suggest revolves around the drama surrounding water, its presence and scarcity in the land and how it affects people. The script must have seemed tempting on paper,

  •  DNA -Tushar Joshi Rating-4
Staying true to its title, Jal is a story of villages fighting over water set against the backdrop of the scorching  desert. However, rather than focusing on the issue at hand, the story digresses and goes off on an auto pilot mode with too many characters and some over the top dramatic moments

  •  Mid Day -Shakti Shetty Rating-6
While it’s easier to point fingers at the film industry for its lack of original ideas, a film on the paucity of water compels you to take notice. How often do you watch a Hindi film that addresses the subject of a basic human need? First things first, this film doesn’t stick to the formulaic notion

  •  India Today -Faheem Ruhani Rating-3
Director Girish Malik's debut directorial Jal had all the potent components -- love, anger, lust, betrayal, jealousy, greed - around which to weave a good story. By virtue of selecting Rann of Kutch as his location he's also got nature's fury - lack of water and unexpected sandstorms

  •  Deccan Chronicle -Suparna Sharma Rating-5
Director Girish Malik’s Jal, which has been shot by Sunita Radia, has a visual aesthetic that’s fluid, sensuous and stunning. Shot mostly in Rajasthan and Gujarat on a strict colour palette -- blue skies, beige land and a contained burst of colour -- the film is so beauteous that sometimes
  •  Time Out -Uday Bhatia Rating-3
Just before Jal got underway, a blurb from a Hollywood Reporter review flashed onscreen. “A breathtakingly photographed tragedy of Shakespearean proportions,” it read. This is hyperbole of Shakespearean proportions, but over the next two hours, our thoughts did turn to the Bard

  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-5
Contrary to what the title says, the film is not really about water. An attempt to unravel human equations in a situation of scarcity would be more accurate.We see a village in the Rann of Kutch. Surrounded by the desert and constantly in need of water, the village depends on Bakka

  •  Now Running -Mansha Rastogi Rating-4
There are experimental films that redefine the boundaries of Indian cinema and alter the tastes of our audience and then there are experimental films that just aim to be that and end up just biting the dust. Girish Malik's Jal is a film that falls in the latter category.

  •  Book My Show -Tanaya Ramyani Rating-5
When Elizabeth Kerr of The Hollywood Reporter stated "A breathtakingly photographed tragedy of Shakesperean proportion," I was definitely expecting a lot more from this film. But unfortunately, it doesn’t take much time for a good film to turn sour.

  •  Bollywood Life -Prathamesh Jadhav Rating-3
Certainly not crafted for an average movie goer, this drama-set against the backdrop of the parched and barren landscape of Rann of Kutch-unfolds in the form of disjointed frames and highly dramatic sequences that will draw big yawns from you.

  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-5
JAL is a visual delight. The dry, arid land is captured well. So also is the basic premise. But what lacks punch are the two Indian officials whose character graph makes no sense. Ditto the 'bland acting' of the gora who behaves like a five-year-old who just had a fight with his friend.

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Ratings Breakdown

Rating scale - Out of 10
weird aggregate rating(WAR) - 4.6/10 (16 reviews)
Male critics - 4.6 (9)
Female critics - 4.5 (7)
Highest Rating - 7 (3)
Least Rating - 2 (1)
Most Given Rating - 4 (4) & 5 (4)

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Jal (2014)
4.6 out of 10
based on
16 reviews.