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Zilla Ghaziabad  : Skip This Zilla
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Friday, February 22, 2013
Anand Kumar
Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vivek Oberoi, Paresh Rawal, Minissha Lamba, Ashutosh Rana, Zarina Wahab, Ravi Kishen, Geeta Basra
Masterji (Vivek Oberoi) has to take up arms when he’s the victim of a plot which comes with the wrath of Fauji (Arshad Warsi). When the two gangs clash, Zila Ghaziabad turns into a blazing battleground and only one person can stop this madness...the censor board? You wish! But it is Singham-prototype Pritam Singh (Sanjay Dutt).

The plot: An ideal son, brother and teacher, Masterji aka Satbir (Vivek Oberoi), is the only person in the entire Zila Ghaziabad area who is truly literate. He teaches kids that words are more powerful than bullets and hopes to change his wild town for the better. On the other hand, Prakash Fauji (Arshad Warsi), the local goon and pawn of Chairman Brahmapal (Paresh Rawal), is on a shooting spree, sometimes for work and sometimes just for fun.

Surprisingly, Chairman and Masterji share a good bond despite the former’s criminal record. But internal rivalry results in a deadly plot against Masterji leading the non-violent teacher to finally lose his composure. Lives are lost, property destroyed, but things only worsen day by day. It is up to infamous Inspector Pritam Singh to bring his zilla under control in his own rowdy style.

The good: Scratch your head and come up with something good to say. Ah, okay, the tons of moments when there’s unintentional humour can keep you chuckling at just how absurd a film can get. Despite this, Arshad Warsi comes up trumps, slipping into character with natural flair. Ravi Kishen as Rashid Bhai from a rival gang, Sunil Grover as gangster Fakeera, Eijaz Khan as Masterji’s brother Omveer and Sanjay Dutt also do justice to their roles.  

The bad: The whole film begs the question, why was it made? Vivek Oberoi is so treacly sweet that diabetes is guaranteed. Charmi Kaur as Suman, Masterji's girlfriend and then wife, matches Vivek's performance in every which way with overacting oozing out of her.

The dialogues are ridiculous and you are expected to laugh at lines that go, "Khade hue insaano ko ek ek karke maarna matlab aise hai jaise mele mein gubbare fodna" ("Hitting people one by one is like bursting balloons in a fair") or "Hum kaun Salman Khan hai jo commitment karke peeche nahin hat sakte?" ("Who am I? Salman Khan not to go back on my word?"). 

Editing by Bunti Nagy is extremely shabby with cuts made abruptly and the on-screen colour warmth changing at random.

There are songs galore; one song for every occasion. There’s even Sanjay Dutt's entry with all the policemen dancing (very Singham-like). Shabbir Ahmed's lyrics are poor and they make pedestrian songs like ‘Apne baap ka naa samjho maal’ or ‘Jashn adhura hai chamiya ke bin’ sound even more cheap. Item songs filmed on Shriya Saran and Geeta Basra are grossly vulgar.
Kanal Kannan's action is ridiculously comical. Divya Dutta as Mahendri, Fauji's sister, is kicked, thrown on the walls and she fights back with the same zeal, making all of it infuriating.

The violence in the film is unchecked. The VFX on the action sequences is slipshod – there’s even Vivek Oberoi on his bike which literally flies and lands like Aladdin's magic carpet.

Overall: Ridiculously long at 144 minutes, stay away if you value your sanity.

– Priyanka Ketkar
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