Director: Anand Kumar
Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi, Paresh Rawal, Arshad Warsi, Chandrachur Singh, Ravi Kishan, Divya Dutta, Minissha Lamba
Producer: Vinod Bachan
Writer: Anand Kumar
Distributor: Showman International
Release date: 22 February 2013
A gang war between two powerful rival groups of Gujjar hat took place back in 90s forms the basis of the story of Zila Ghaziabad. The gang war is set against the rustic backdrop. The story revolves round Arshad Warsi playing Mahender Fauji Bainsla Gujjar and Vivek Oberoi who essays Satbir Gujjar. Satbir, who though is a teacher, becomes friends with a local politician Paresh Rawal and gradually indulge in business of blood and gore. And more so as his brother played by Chandrachood Singh is murdered by Fauji. Thereon the rivalry starts until cop, Thakur Pritam Singh (Sanjay Dutt), comes to stop all this.
While watching the movie you might feel that you are watching a failed attempt of making ‘Dabangg 3’. The action sequences, item songs etc. all are not that catchy. The director though tries to do his job well but fails to connect with the audience. Anand Kumar has tried to give a new angle to the gangster kind of movies but he fails to attract audience as all scenes, sequences and punches are already seen in some or the other action movies.
The cast of Zila Ghaziabad is star studded so performance is no issue with the actors. Everybody has do justice to his or her role. The weak story line is a negative point though. Arshad Warsi has exceptionally done well to play the dark shade. Vivek also works intelligently to play his dark character. A big disappointment from Sanjay Dutt, who though has done well but fails to charm the audience, with his style of adapting Salman’s mannerisms! More so because the audience has seen enough of Salman in that style and it is impossible to impersonate him.
Though the film has nothing to offer so go for Zila Ghazaibad only if you are die-hard fan of action movies!