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Everyone annoyingly thinks and behaves like they own this district called Ghaziabad. Best you keep away from them. To do that stay away from the film, please.Read more
Looks like every actor wants to be either a mean machine police officer or a mean machine goon. And everyone who has not played either of them earlier has been pitted against each other in Zila Ghaziabad, while a few others get to do a repeat performance - Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vivek Oberoi.
While nothing in the trailer makes you feel like it is going to be a different experience from say a Singham, Rowdy Rathore or Dabangg. Except that the three lead characters of Zila Ghaziabad put together might not have the fan following or personal charm(?) that a Salman Khan, an Akshay Kumar or even an Ajay Devgn has individually.
Other than that you have the standard action that is too cool for itself, dialogue that is delivered with more force than it deserves and a helpful handing of item numbers. Item numbers are of course introduced to compensate for the absence of real roles of women in the film.
The only hope then is that the story might turn out to be different from the ones we have seen so far. Don't worry, I'll stop kidding myself. Right now.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Zila Ghaziabad is a revenge drama that never should've been made. Just like Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story was a romance that never should've been made. Without an ounce of originality Zila Ghaziabad just seems like someone's fetish of watching two hours worth of action.
Amidst this free-for-all shootout, it was hilarious then to see a bone being picked because a few of the goons wore fake police uniforms while shooting. Huh? That was the only objection that the keepers of law and order had? Other than that, there are maybe four or atmost five one-liners that might bring smiles, two of which would be innuendos.
Almost every frame reeks of drama. And drama almost always means either loud background score or slow motion that goes on for a little more than would be needed to make the drama effective. But hey, what can you say, for this is a world where slo-mo defines the character who is in focus - If he's being recorded in slo-mo means he is important, means along with other characters in the film, we should fear him.
That is as deep as the writing goes. The three male leads could take each others' place or character and you wouldn't know. The women, calling them props would mean they had some significance in the film. Unless their role as being the one who is shot/kidnapped to get at another man, implies they have meaning in the life of the men or the film.
With such a background then, do the men need to emote at all. And even if they try would it come across as anything but fake. Even so, you can see Paresh Rawal, Arshad Warsi and Ravi Kisen at least try. Sanjay Dutt and Vivek Oberoi on the other hand try to hard. The only interesting character then seems to be Fakeera (Sunil Grover) who plays Shakuni Mama in this supposed replay of Mahabharat.
Just in case you miss the Mahabharat analogy you have a loud 'yada yada hi dharmasya' playing when Pritam Singh (Sajay Dutt) is in action. It's a different matter that any two sides waging war against each other with a cunning character could mean its trying to depict Mahabharat. So, to give that one a break you have Sanjay Dutt staring at a chess board and after much contemplation moving a pawn on the board as a first move! It doesn't end here, later you have two kings facing each other, two steps away from each other.
Item numbers - two not one, cheesy one-liners, self-referencing jokes that's what makes up for the parts of Zila Ghaziabad that aren't action. The action sequences itself are tedious almost in competition with the tiring drama.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Subhash K Jha (IANS), FirstPost : ...Where is the time to sit and think when everyone is out for a kill? The biggest casualty in all this gore-mongering is a logical pattern of storytelling. ... full review
So-So, by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA : ...The basic plot was good and interesting enough to make a thrilling action dramatic feature film on it, but unfortunately everything was mixed up and jumbled up in screenplay. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...the area of GHAZIABAD today is not at all like what they have portrayed it on the screen and there can be only one reason you can watch the film in your spare time. And that is if you are a die-hard fan of Arshad Warsi and cannot afford to miss even a single film featuring him in the lead.... full review
Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...No, no, this can’t be true. The worst of the year is upon us already. A brutish, senseless and utterly-contemptuous-of-the-audience brain-battering ram is here.... full review
Thumbs down, by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini : ...Sanjay Dutt who plays one Hindi-song loving, Chulbul Pandey-inspired Pritam Singh is so annoying; you feel guilty for having liked his previous films. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson, Free Press Journal : ...There is a lot of posturing involved, the stunts are completely over-the-top unrealistic and the drama is too loud and illogical to make sense of. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Alisha Coelho, In.com : ...Watching 'Zila Ghaziabad' may make you want to put a gun to your head, break off all the ties with the person who suggested you watch it, swear off Bollywood movies for life, or all of the above.... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...The speck on the map that Zila Ghaziabad takes its title from is as good as non-existent in the film. Neither the indoor spaces nor the exterior backdrops bear the remotest resemblance to any known structure or landscape in any part of the district of Ghaziabad.... full review
Thumbs down, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...Arshad's first full-blown dark role lacks shades, but effort is evident. Sanjay shows cheeky chutzpah but doesn't seem to care a damn. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM : ...I could not help noticing the men wearing flaunting Ray Ban aviators in the film. From a goon like Arshad Warsi to junior school teacher Vivek Oberoi who could be earning peanuts are all Ray Ban models in the film. ... full review
_anand__: Zila Ghaziabad ★★★★★. Must watch.
Sillysayshie: Nothing better to watch #ZillaGhaziabad in Ghaziabad Cineplex amidst abundance of applauds & whistles throughout ;) Mast timepass movie
sherali11579728: good movie Zila.Ghaziabad
shaan00007: Zila Ghaziabad .....Mast movie ....must watch !!!
ruudarjun09: Zila Ghaziabad, amazing story, superb performances. 4 stars. @duttsanjay #ZilaGhaziabad
RJPunita: Arshad Warsi, your acting speaks for itself. We need more of @imarshadwarsi kudos to zila ghaziabad...
rakhshanjq212: Watched zila ghaziabad.....full on action.....gr8 work by @imarshadwarsi @vivek_oberoi @duttsanjay .....loved it.....#zila ghaziabad
MAHAWI__a: *ZILA GHAZIABAD* Action& amazing movie :&
komal12july: Just watched Zila Ghaziabad! Amazing movie..rocking performances and superb action! This one you guys surely cannot miss! Loved it!
iPrasenjit_M: Good God, Zila Ghaziabad! Go watch it!!!
DevendraDani1: ZILLA GHAZIABAD"==FADDDUUU MOVIE SANJAY DUTT ROCKXXXXXX =KUTTA KITNA BHI KHATARNAK HO JAYE,PAR WO SHER KI NHI LE SAKTA"=
DanishMunaf1: Awesome movie Zila Ghaziabad @vox cinema
chauhan_himansu: Zilla ghaziabad...!! Awsm mOvIe..:-)
aman_8558: Zila Ghaziabad was a good movie arshad warsi did a good villain role and Vivek oberoi did a good role too and Sanjay dutt was the best
abnishch: yestarday i saw zila ghaziabad excellent movie vivek oberai & arshad varsi rocks
AbhishekBoora: Zila Ghaziabad.... A Must Action Thriller..!! Script , Direction, action are highlight of the Movie. Arshad in never seen before Role..
94_naz: Zila ghaziabad awesome movie :) Great job @duttsanjay @imarshadwarsi @vivek_oberoi
Sharma10S: Zila Ghaziabad one time watch
prabalbaba: Zila Ghaziabad is nothing more than a mix of Bhaigiri & Netagiri..... Just watched the movie for Sanjay Dutt :)
kartikbeat: One time Check in Zilla Ghaziabad
debsankar1980: Watched Zila Ghaziabad (2013) based on 2 rival groups.ONE TIME WATCH only bcos of Arshad Warsi, playing a negative role.
virenkavaiya: Zila Ghaziabad- 2.star
skrd2010: "Zila Ghaziabad" Director lost himself in searching correct address...save ur money & time...!!!
siddhantchauhan: Looks like all losers got together in this flick - zila ghaziabad
showdecider: Dreary plot, disgraceful acting, poor direction! -http://www.showdecider.com/zila-ghaziabad http://twitter.com/showdecider/status/305147441836085249/photo/1
Sethumadhavan: Zila Ghaziabad-unable to find the right adjectives to describe this joke of a film.A gangster film that turns out unintentionally funny :)
SERP_SMO: " #Zila Ghaziabad = Mental Torture "
SalilShukla_: Zila Ghaziabad. Do.not.see.
rohil_b: Don't go for @vivek_oberoi movies it sucks recently wen for one @zila ghaziabad it suckedd as well so vivek oberio is a sucking actor ! :D
RMAhmad: Zila Ghaziabad, is a low rated, pathetic film unlike special 26 which was also low rated but Excellent Comedy.
rjanup: Zilla Ghaziabad Mirchi Bioscope :1/5 mirchis #Film ke Director ko to khush hona chahiye ki film ko A... http://www.facebook.com/rj.anup.uae/posts/545152295519460
ReverseSwing77: Must hv done something really bad in last janam ...treated myself wid zilla ghaziabad on my bday...y did I do tat....spoiled ething
rakeshtanmay: 'Zila Ghaziabad' is a 2* production by Bachchan Vinod. Not even a proper nautanki. Avoidable item type dances also make it a poor creation.
mayurjango: Zila Ghaziabad was a bakwas movie.
mayuraamarkant: #Zilla Ghaziabad - inspired from every film u have seen...:( :(...shaayad single screens mein chalegi...
manish2070: Zila Ghaziabad is such a bad attempt to copy Dabbang. Sanjay Dutt manages to get the screen exactly after half the movie.
lazysoul9: Why i watched Vivek Oberai movies :/ Zila ghaziabad another worst movie
iDabaang: ZILLA GHAZIABAD IS THE BIGGEST FLOP OF THE YEAR:P
hill_post: Zila Ghaziabad – full of agonizing experiences (Movie Review): A story lost in its own… http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hillpost/~3/lHwpKa4wOcw/pandey?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=myhimachal
gurnaaz_r: Zila Ghaziabad was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. #horrible #wasteoftime
FuzzSays: So went to see Zila Ghaziabad tonight and really hated it. Flying men, flying cars, magic bullets... too 'over the top' for my taste! :/
Fattiemama: Inviting all those who have watched Zilla Ghaziabad for a group healing session.
beeba_puttar: Zila Ghaziabad has been rated 1.5 stars. Not sure about the movie ratings though.
AnuragBorkar: Kai Po Che! - **** Zila Ghaziabad - * 1/2
aditya_grover: ZILA GHAZIABAD [Movie Review] (1/5) Reviewed by: ADITYA GROVER http://www.facebook.com/itsmyopinion.movies https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=422765114485045&l=0cfa473ac3
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