Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Anand Kumar|
|Produced by||Vinod Bachan|
|Written by||Vinay Sharma|
|Distributed by||Showman International|
Zila Ghaziabad (transl. Ghaziabad district) is 2013 Indian Hindi-language political action thriller film directed by Anand Kumar. It is produced by Vinod Bachan, and presented by Mohammed Fasih & Bharat Shah. The film features Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi, Arshad Warsi, Charmy Kaur, Ravi Kishan, Paresh Rawal and Sunil Grover in lead roles amongst others. It was based on true story of gang wars of Ghaziabad. It was released on 22 February 2013. Upon release, the film received negative to mixed reviews, and also received a mixed response at the box office, with a poor response from the multiplex audience and a good response from the single screen audience Zila Ghaziabad was described overall by critics as "a flop" although it managed to recover its production budget
The movie is based on the true story of the gang war that lasted between two groups in the 80s and 90s in Ghaziabad, India. In the town of Ghaziabad, Brahmapal Choudhary (Paresh Rawal) is a corrupt chairman, and has connections with the gangster Fauji (Arshad Warsi), who is willing to do anything to make a quick buck. When Brahmapal refuses to pay up to 2 million for Fauji's sisters wedding, Fauji breaks their ties and leaves him. At the same time, Brahmapal befriends a polite teacher named Satbir (Vivek Oberoi) who also happens to be in a relationship with Brahmapal's daughter Suman (Charmy Kaur).
Thinking that Brahmapal has replaced him with Satbir, Fauji becomes furious and joins forces with Rashid (Ravi Kishan), a politician and Brahampal's enemy. Rashid deliberately turns Fauji against Satbir, making him think that he wants him dead. When Fauji tries to attack Satbir, an elderly village spokesman is shot, leading Satbir to fight back against him. But before Satbir is able to do anything about it, Satbir's older brother Karamvir (Chandrachur Singh) is kidnapped, and soon killed by Fauji. Seeking revenge, Satbir turns to the crime world to finish off his brother's murderer. With riots taking place all over, the police department shifts a crazy, tough, feared and solid officer, Thakur Pritam Singh (Sanjay Dutt) to enter the city bring a stop to this gang-war. However, Pritam Singh ends up making it all worse.
Pritam Singh initially visits Fauji and Rashid and later on, invites Satbir to the Police Station. Having gauged their attitudes, Pritam Singh decides to side with Satbir in the war against Fauji and Rashid. With elections approaching, both parties eventually decide to contest with Rashid and Satbir's brother contesting. Rashid wins the election seeing which Fauji goes on a killing spree beginning his attack starting from Satbir's house and accidentally ends up killing Satbir's now wife Suman. Enraged at this act of Fauji, Satbir's brother kidnaps his girlfriend – an act that is looked down upon by Satbir. Before she could be returned safely, Fauji invades the place and kills Satbir's brother prompting a furious Satbir to go on a revenge spree.
In the meanwhile, a tape is discovered which not only reveals that Rashid and Faqira have secretly made a deal with Pritam Singh to murder Fauji, thereby betraying him, but also shows Faqira confessing to having ordered the attack on Fauji's house at the start of the movie which is what triggered the whole gang-war in the first place. Furious at this betrayal, Fauji kills Faqira and then heads out to kill Rashid. Pritam Singh also joins in, apparently fulfilling his promise to kill Fauji for Rashid but ends up killing Rashid instead. This results in an action-packed finale that sees Satbir killing Fauji and being arrested by Pritam Singh. His fate then is left unknown.
- Sanjay Dutt as Police Inspector Thakur Pritam Singh
- Arshad Warsi as Mahender Fauji
- Vivek Oberoi as Satbir Gurjar
- Ashutosh Kaushik as Pandit
- Ravi Kishan as Rashid Ali
- Charmy Kaur as Suman Chaudhary
- Sunil Grover as Faqira
- Paresh Rawal as Chairman Brahmapal Chaudhary
- Minissha Lamba as Kavita, Fauji's girlfriend
- Chandrachur Singh as Karambir Singh
- Ashutosh Rana as Sangram Singh
- Zarina Wahab as Satbir's mother
- Eijaz Khan as Ombir Singh
- Parth Sharma as Robin Singh
- Geeta Khanna as Rashid's mother
- Divya Dutta as Mahenderi
- Raju Mavani as Sadhu Singh
- Geeta Basra in "Baap ka Maal" item song (special appearance) 
- Shriya Saran in "Chamiya No 1" item number (special appearance) 
The soundtrack of Zila Ghaziabad is composed by Amjad Nadeem, with Bappa Lahiri, son of famous music composer Bappi Lahiri composing "Tu Hain Rab Mera" and "Chamiya No. 1", which initially titled as "Main Item No.1 Hoon". The album contains five tracks. Lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed.
|1.||"Ye Hai Zila Ghaziabad"||Sukhwinder Singh, Chorus||5:22|
|2.||"Ranjha Jogi"||Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal||4:11|
|3.||"Baap Ka Maal"||Sukhwinder Singh, Mika Singh, Mamta Sharma||5:22|
|4.||"Tu Hai Rab Mera"||Mohit Chauhan, Tulsi Kumar||4:49|
|5.||"Chamiya No 1"||Sunidhi Chauhan, Shabab Sabri, Chorus||4:32|
|6.||"Baap Ka Maal [Rock Again]"||Mika Singh, Anupama Raag||5:33|
Zila Ghaziabad received negative reviews from critics. Roshni Devi from Koimoi gave it 1 star and called it "almost entirely bad" except Arshad Warsi's acting and a few sequences. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave it 2 stars. Viewers rated it 3.5/10 on IMDb and 15% (audience score) on Rotten Tomatoes.
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