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Zilla Ghaziabad – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on February 24, 2013 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Vinod Bachchan
DIRECTOR – Anand Kumar
WRITER – Vinay Sharma
CAST – Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vivek Oberoi, Ravi Kishan, Sunil Grover, Paresh Rawal, Minissha Lamba, Chandrachur Singh, Charmy Kaur
MUSIC – Amjad Bagadba, Nadeem Khan, Bappa Lahiri

Mayhem, chaos and bloody rivalry are on loose. Zilla Ghaziabad is under siege due to a gangwar that is led by Fauji (Arshad Warsi) on one side and Master (Vivek Oberoi) on the other. The film is based on a true story of a gangwar that happened in the 90’s in Ghaziabad.

Fauji, is a headstrong, pathological criminal drunk on his own power. Master is an educated and progressive man working towards the upliftment of his village. Misunderstandings, fiery temperaments and personal agendas build a drama and revenge is bloodily sought. Others who have something to gain from this rivalry choose sides and the war keeps getting bloodier. This goes on until the police is compelled to call its disgraced officer Pritam Singh (Sanjay Dutt) to clean up the place.

Senseless violence reigns supreme. Bloodshed here has a heady tone and is celebrated with fanatic glee. It would have been fine had the entire thing not ended up looking like a farce. A story and screenplay that is all over the place is built mainly through stray incidents enacted for us in between item numbers and frenetic fights, and news reports.

So uniquely amateurish and over-insistent is the film in making its point that it never lets the camera rest or the sounds die. So what we have is the TV style of editing of repetitive flashes, emphatic stills and an ear-splitting background score underlining every single emotion or action.

The film is supposed to be set in a village but has no geographical or historical context except railway station boards. The narrative defies logic and so do the characters, who end up looking foolish.

Such is the over-wrought nature of the film that it renders generally dependable actors like Arshad Warsi and Ravi Kissen as utterly useless and consistent non-performers like Vivek Oberoi and Sanjay Dutt as downright laughable. Paresh Rawal who somehow manages to hold his own even when the world is falling apart around him does the same. One just wishes he was the only actor in the film. Little said about Charmy Kaur the better, it is a surprise to see her bag another film after the embarrassing debut Buddah Hoga Tera Baap. Poor Minissha Lamba has a mere blink-n-miss role.

Gangster films may be a profit-making proposition for Bollywood but not for long if left to abysmal products like these.

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