Zila Ghaziabad-Zila swarming with unwanted zealots! Movie Review

2 / 5.0

Socio-political conflicts and the violence that it sucks in, and the related nexus between criminals and local satraps have been the favorite theme of many Bollywood films in the past. This film tries to draw on this now familiar theme with a galaxy of well-known actors who perform against a backdrop of continued and gory violence throughout.

Plot: The story of the film is supposedly based on the true story of gang wars that took place in and around the Uttar Pradesh town of Ghaziabad in the 80s and 90s. However, the plot suffers from lapses of credibility and the sheer illogical nature of the events. The main characters are either openly or indirectly on the wrong side of the law. It starts with the unholy nexus between Jagmal Singh Choudhary, a typical scheming local government official, portrayed by Paresh Rawal, and his nexus with a gangster named Fauji, played unfortunately in a lackluster fashion by Arshad Warsi of all persons. However, this camaraderie gets disturbed very soon due to mutual distrust and the clash of interests, especially after the entry of a local teacher, Satbir a mixed character played by Vivek Oberoi.

Fauji perceives Satbir as his rival, since the former has a relationship with Jagmal’s daughter Suman, enacted by Charny Kaur. What follows next is murder and mayhem between Satbir and Fauji and his henchmen, followed by riots, due to the contrasting religious affiliations of the two sides. Enter now the main character of the film into the proceedings - Pritam Singh in the form of Sanjay Dutt, playing a typical, tough and ruthless police officer expected to be in a position to control the disturbances. However, things go from bad to worse with lop sided handling of the situation by this high profile cops. Further violence and bloodshed abound all around.

The film ends with almost all the baddies killing each other on some pretext or the other, and Satbir ending up as Pritam Singh’s only catch. In an attempt to emulate earlier successful films in this genre, director Anand Kumar ends up with a big a succession of hollow action scenes that at the same time are unrealistic as well as illogical. Unfortunately, even with a bevy of well-known actors, all of them are reduced to inconsequential performers through the sheer unsustainability of the characters they portray. Sadly, even Sanjay Dutt either tries to draw openly upon his earlier successes or borrow mannerisms from Salman Khan a la Chulbul Pandey. For director Anand Kumar whose previous track record was another flop almost seven years back, it is unfortunate that he is unable to take this opportunity to make amends, and the film doomed to remain in the category of an ‘also ran’.

Verdict: Even for avid lovers of action movies, this falls way beyond expectations, if not a total washout, in spite of the tempting title, almost hinting at a “Gangs of Wasseypur” type of a film.