Zila Ghaziabad is that kind of a title which gives you a clear cut idea what the movie is going to be about and who should watch it. The film is meant strictly for those who enjoy masala entertainers. The makers themselves were sure what they are making and their target audience. Zila Ghaziabad is one such typical North Indian-style fare loaded with lots of action and drama.

It’s a story of two powerful rival groups one led by Fauji (Arshad Warsi) who works for CM (Paresh Rawal) and then changes his side and goes with Rashid (Ravi Kishen) and the other led by Satbir (Vivek Oberoi) who later works for CM when Fauji ditches CM. Fauji is of the very rustic background to the extent that his life revolves around the action of the gun and drama whereas in contrast, Satbir wants Ghaziabad to be a better place to live and sees a bright future for the coming generations by teaching them good values. He has a school where he teaches kids. As per the rule of the land (Ghaziabad) everything can’t be fine forever, and certain situations lead to spoiling of Satbir. He loses his brothers, wife and also CM and he wants to avenge his loss. He still is a good man as he respects women from Fauji’s family and is only concerned with Fauji’s death. Meanwhile, Pritam Singh (Sanjay Dutt) comes to town as an inspector and adds some meat to the lives of Fauji and Satbir. So how both the groups try to outdo each other and is what the film is about. Now who succeeds forms the reason why this film needs to be watched.

Arshid Warsi as Fauji is very normal and exactly how a goon has to be. This role is on the same lines as he had in Ishqiya, so it was not at all a tough job for him. Vivek Oberoi as Satbir was average. He has also done such roles in his earlier films. Again for him it was a manageable role. Sanjay Dutt as Pritam Singh was a complete waste. It is hard to understand why an actor of the calibre of Sanjay Dutt has done this role when anyone else could have done this. This is not what Sanjay Dutt’s potential is and he can do much better. Supporting cast which includes Paresh Rawal, Ravi Kishen, Chandrachur Singh, Minisha Lamba, Charmee Kaur, Zarina Wahab and the list goes on and on was normal. Overall the performances in the film were just average nothing special or extraordinary.

Director Anand Kumar has played very safe. This is a tried and tested formula which works in certain parts of the country and with certain audience perfectly. So the direction is nothing praise-worthy. Story and Screenplay was again very ordinary and as mentioned above this was also tried and tested. Editing of the film could have been definitely better. So many unnecessary songs and many of them seem to be forcefully fitted in the film. Cinematography was somewhat above bad. The locations seen in the film seem to have been seen in so many films earlier, and the Cinematographer could have made them look better. Dialogues of the film are good at some places but overall not as impactful as the trailer of the film promised.

Music of the film was bad. At least people living in metros will never enjoy such music. Talented singers like Sonu Nigam, Mohit Chauhan, Tulsi Kumar and Sunidhi Chauhan are wasted and they should sing for some good movies. Music by Pritam is below average. The item song sung by Mamta Sharma and title song by Mika and Sukhwinder are good in the film. Pritam needs to pull his socks up and work hard on his music.

Zila Ghaziabad is meant for certain audiences and only they will enjoy it. For people from metros watching this movie would be an exercise in boredom. The film has a good scope in the Northern regions. Watch it only if you really have to.

My Verdict: 1.25/5


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