• Sweta Kaushal
    Sweta Kaushal
    Hindustan Times


    Jal is a simple story about human emotions and it is that simplicity which touches your heart. It is this rare quality that may get Jal, a film which did not generate too much buzz prior to its release this Friday, its niche audience.Girish showcases love, lust and thirst in a simply and beautifully woven story. If simple human emotions are your fill, you should certainly watch Jal.

  • Suparna Sharma
    Suparna Sharma
    Deccan Chronicle


    Though Jal’s story is earthbound, it takes occasional flight, like a good, compelling dastan. But the film has an intermittently sparse and jam-packed screenplay and it tells its story in a style that’s a mix of documentary and theatre — an affected, stylised narrative borrowing both form and spirit from various folk dance traditions. The film is marred by an uneven screenplay that rises and dips a lot initially. But once the story picks up, after interval, it’s a delight to watch Purab Kohli.

  • Jal is a work of remarkable resonance. The sheer visual mastery of Malik’s directorial debut takes your breath away. The sheer velocity and spatial harmony of the intrinsically disturbed desertscape, the incredibly nuanced sound design and the powerhouse performances by actors who forget the camera is watching them, make this a work whipped into eternity by vast stretches of unchained artistry.

  • Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Times of India


    ‘Jal’ captures the bare beauty of the golden cracked earth and its tortuous tapestry in artfully mounted frames (cinematography: Sunita Radia). It’s a picture-perfect album with stark sights and parched souls. The story is stirring, handling several complex issues in the same breath, and yes, that does leave us a bit thirsty. It also needs a better edit. There are over-dramatized scenes (Bakka dragged across the desert) to enhance visual impact, but the solid performances and soundtrack make up for it.

  • Jal is a magnificently shot film but doesn’t quite imbibe the needful spirit. Though Purab Kohli proves his flair as an actor, the film tries its hand at being a Shakespearan Tragedy where a hero is felicitated posthumously. Unfortunately, despite the fantastic cinematography the lack of soul doesn’t quite make this an impressive fare.

  • Saurabh Dwivedi
    Saurabh Dwivedi
    India Today


    Jal was much loved in the film festival circuit. It’s great that films like this one get to live their glory on various movie screens. Now, it’s up to you really to watch, and judge.

  • Taran Adarsh
    Taran Adarsh
    Bollywood Hungama


    JAL makes a rock-solid impact. It’s poignant and powerful and I suggest, you take time out to watch this truly gripping fare.

  • Sachin Chatte
    Sachin Chatte
    The Navhind Times


    The plot is quite muddled – It is not clear if the film is meant to be a personal story of Bakka,his love life, water crisis in Kutch or environmental protection. Even though the intentions were right, the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

  • JAL is a classic example of how to waste a wonderful concept. 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.

  • …a beautiful-looking but largely unwatchable film, one that aspires to be a work of art but fails in some of the most basic aspects of filmmaking.

  • Mansha Rastogi
    Mansha Rastogi


    Jal could’ve worked phenomenally well had the art of filmmaking merged well with the story of it. However, with ample stress on beautifying the film than weaving a good plot around it, Jal ends up being an ambitious experiment that goes wrong.

  • Tanaya Ramyani
    Tanaya Ramyani


    I was definitely expecting a lot more from this movie. But unfortunately, it doesn’t take much time for a good film to turn sour.

  • Prathamesh Jadhav
    Prathamesh Jadhav
    Bollywood Life


    All in all Jal is a stunning looking movie that fails spectacularly at telling an engaging story!

  • So what you get in the end is a gorgeous looking, muddled film that leaves you unmoved. But isn’t that the most important thing?

  • Rahul Desai
    Rahul Desai
    Mumbai Mirror


    The story is tropical and interesting; the execution of screenplay, not so much. Jal is constructed as the kind of expansive cinema that begged to be shot on pure film. Rather unfortunate, because Jal ends up as the kind of film that begged to be pure unadulterated cinema.