Girish Malik's Jal is set in the dry parched Rann of Kutch. Purab Kohli is Bakka who is gifted with the ability to identify the location of groundwater for digging a well. The story starts with him looking for water to dig up for his village. Meanwhile a foreigner (Saidah Jules) is on the lookout for pink Flamingoes and is flagged with the locals who keep gawking at her and spewing lines with carnal innuendoes. When 'madamji' as she's called finds the problem she gets to work by hiring the villagers to help her resolve the flamingoes' woes. Here enters Kesar (Kirti Kulhari), a girl from the rival village who happens to be Bakka's love interest.
The story revolves around the rivalry between the villagers, resolving the flamingoes' problems on a sidetrack and Bakka's life jumping through phases. The second half gets intense and Bakka's life goes on an inconceivable journey.
The film is about the deepest human emotions. The instinct of survival along with greed, jealousy, lust and the lack of regard for human life make for a recipe for extreme behavior. The triggers are many a place and anything could set them off. Jal is a compelling tale of all of the above and of the need for compassion and the fighting spirit everyone is born with.
Purab Kohli as Bakka is as real as can be. Tannistha Chatterjee (Kajree) and Kirti Kulhari have delivered great performances along with the rest of the cast.
Girish Malik has done a great job of putting emotion on screen. He brings out the grit and flavor and brings out impact without forcing it. The soundtrack created by Bickram Ghosh and Sonu Nigam is transcending and does not waver from the soul of the film.
Watch Jal for the reason that it is excellent cinema with a soul. We give this movie Claps for its ingenuity.