Director : Anand Kumar
Producer : Vinod Bachchan
Music Director : Pritam
Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vivek Oberoi…
Mass entertainers have become an integral part and parcel of Bollywood currently and this trend has become more popular thanks to Salman Khan’s string of blockbusters in this genre. Cashing in on this craze, Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi and Arshad Warsi have come together for the Anand Kumar directed ‘Zilla Ghaziabad’. This film is based on real life stories of some brutal gang wars that took place in the crime-prone areas of Uttar Pradesh and so let’s see how the movie fares.
The movie starts with showcasing the character of Fauji (Arshad Warsi) who is a dreaded gangster based in Ghaziabad. Fauji works for Chairman(Paresh Rawal), a powerful politician who get his illegal activities done by Fauji but prefers Satbir(Vivek Oberoi), an educated lawyer to handle all his legal issues.
Fauji doesn’t like the special attention being showered on Satbir by Chairman, and taking advantage of this rivalry, one of Fauji’s close friend creates a huge misunderstanding between them. The misunderstanding leads to bigger and bigger problems and soon both the groups are baying for each other’s blood. They start creating a huge law and order problem in Ghaziabad which has the local residents caught up in the cross-fire. As the situation goes out- of-hand, a special officer Pritam Singh(Sanjay Dutt) is appointed to get the situation in control.
The rest of the story is about how Pritam Singh deals with the dreaded gangs and comes out victorious in the end.
The basic story line of the movie is average and is gripping only in bits and pieces. Vivek Oberoi plays his part well and looks good as the honest and sophisticate gangster while Arshad Warsi looks apt and plays his role with sincerity. Arshad speaks the local dialect really well and is specially good in the confrontational scenes with Sanjay Dutt.
Charmee Kaur does a decent job and looks beautiful as the simple Indian girl while Ravi Kishen impresses in the role of Rashid. Zarina Wahab’s character is sketchy and she flits in and out of the screenplay. The first half of the movie is decent and makes a breezy watch.
The trailers project Sanjay Dutt to be major star of the film but surprisingly he makes his entry only in the second half. Sanjay Dutt has done many bad films in his career and Zilla Ghaziabad would surely make it to the top of that infamous list. The super fit Sanjay Dutt looks out of shape and hardly makes an impact in the film. Zilla Ghaziabad does not have anything to keep you hooked to the proceedings and is quite predictable right from first scene.
There are lot of the so called Dabangg moments such as the fights sequences, dances and the production design that immediately remind you of Dabangg. There are many over the top sequences as well as many illogical scenes that seem to have been added later.
Characterization is vague where the characters lack enthusiasm or motivation. The whole set up and the basic plot seems shaky and has not been handled well at all. The second half of the movie is quite a pain to sit through and becomes totally routine. Too much violence for unknown reasons is what the film showcases throughout
As Zilla Ghaziabad is supposedly an action entertainer we have all the fight sequences shot in an over the top manner. You can see all the lead stars pulling off action scenes that are quite funny and unbelievable. Songs of the movie are just about OK esp., the title song. Both the item songs are good and have also been shot well while the dialogues have an Uttar Pradesh nativity and have been handled well. The whole look of the movie is decent and showcases the Ghaziabad town well.
The screenplay of the movie is a big drawback. Many scenes have been misplaced and also seem to have been rushed. The editing is OK and so is the back ground score. Director Anand Kumar makes a mockery of the whole film as he completely loses the plot and fails to register even a single scene in the whole film. Neither does he create any hype with the gang wars nor he tie it up in a justifiable manner.
On the whole, Zila Ghaziabad is one film which tries hard to be a masala entertainer but falls flat on its face. Vivek Oberoi, Arshad Warsi try to save the film but some over the top sequences, and a out of shape Sanjay Dutt are huge negatives for the film. Finally, you can completely ignore this film even when it comes on TV.
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