After Salman Khan's money-raking franchise Dabangg working with the masses, it's become every actor's dream to play a cop onscreen; Sanjay Dutt is no different. So when you see him in Zila Ghaziabad (ZG) you don't quite question the reason for him to opt for this film.
It's difficult for Arshad Warsi to ever move away from his image of Circuit (Munnabhai Series) and when you see him in ZG playing a baddie you can understand why he too must have chosen this script.
Vivek Oberoi whose movies have been bombing left, right and center is no different too. May be he still thinks that experimenting within the character of Chandu (Company) may click with the masses. How else can you reason out Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story or even ZG?
But it seems what none of these actors noticed is that what holds all their elements together and has the potential to accentuate their parts is a script and that's the only thing prominently missing in Anand Kumar's Zila Ghaziabad.
Fauji (Arshad Warsi) is the henchmen of Ghaziabad's influential figure Chairman (Paresh Rawal). Other than doing odd jobs for Chairman, Fauji also carries out petty thefts or loots to keep his earnings in check. On the other hand is Master aka Satbir (Vivek Oberoi), the educated good boy who instead of raking in the moolah with a white collared job in the Capital Delhi opts to better the conditions of Ghaziabad with his education. His goodness however comes in the way of the greedy brother-in-law of Chairman who incites Fauji to get the good boy out of the way in order to claim authority and power over the district. Satbir gets forced to leave the pen and take the sword to fight back against Fauji's atrocities. Amidst all this enters Thakur Pritam Singh (Sanjay Dutt) a hoodlum in the garb of a cop who manipulates the situation to his aide and leads to a massive gang war.
Anand Kumar's Omkara meets Dabangg film supposedly stems from the true story of a ruthless gang war that happened in the '90s however, it turns out to be nothing but a shoddy hatchet job that is extremely excruciating on your senses.
Anand deploys every formula out there in a bid to make for a commercial film and as a result ZG turns into a hackneyed plot of the '90s. The treatment of the film is highly pedestrian with tacky backdrop, garish costumes and ear-splitting background score.
The dialogue delivery of every actor is very loud as if they are outdoing each other not by the number of people they kill but by the volume of their voice. Moreover, to make matters worse are the jarring songs that follow pointlessly one after the other. There's a bouquet of songs for every mood and sequence in the film and each worse than the other.
Vivek Oberoi hugely disappoints in this act of good boy gone bad. After a point you only see his eye brows do the acting for him or his jaw-line that moves awkwardly as he speaks. Sanjay Dutt could've been a lot better had it not been for his paunch showing tightly tucked in Shirts and action sequences that a man of 30 years of age should execute and not him. Blame it on the director to ruin even Arshad Warsi the way he does Sanjay Dutt by giving unrealistic action sequence that only make you laugh as they all go flying in the air. It's safe however to say that Arshad Warsi remains the best of the worst and gives some respite with a semi decent act. Charmy Kaur and Minissha Lamba meaninglessly meander in the plot while the likes of Paresh Rawal, Ravi Kissen and Ashutosh Rana get royally wasted.
To sum it up, Zila Ghaziabad is a horrendous attempt at filmmaking that takes every actor with itself down! Best avoided.