Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Puja Gupta and Anand Tiwari.
Director: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K.
Rating – 3.5/5
What’s Good: The film’s smart paced rhythm and sleek performances that have you rolling with laughter.
What’s Bad: The last 20 minutes of the film gets repetitive and drags on failing to evoke the maddening laughter it manages to sustain all through.
Horror and humour are two diverse genres and Bollywood has often confused one with the other, what with horror films turning out to be unintentionally funny and comedy films ending up being horrific experiences. So when a film attempts to bring together these two genres, it becomes tricky business. Moreover for Bollywood horror that has largely been infested with the archetypal aatmas, zombies are still a new species. Fortunately Go Goa Gone skillfully employs the zombie and is able to do proper justice to its horror-comedy genre.
Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Luv (Vir Das) are two dope heads, slackers, stuck in dead-end jobs. Having being dumped by girlfriend (Luv) and having lose the job (Hardik), the two losers hijack their best buddy Bunny (Anand Tiwari) on his way to work, so he can pay for the trip. Luv comes across Luna (Puja Gupta), a beautiful, free-spirited girl, and she casually invites him to exactly what they are looking for – an exclusive underground rave party on a remote island! The party is the brainchild of the macho Russian Mafioso, Boris (Saif Ali Khan), to launch the ultimate drug. But something is wrong, very wrong, on this island! All of a sudden, they are accosted by Zombies feeding on people. How they save their lives is what follows through the rest of the plot
You do not expect a zombie movie to be hilarious from the word go but Go Goa Gone doesn’t cease to tickle you and you are left in splits right till the end even when the film tries to convey a very serious message.
Both filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK unapologetically present a ludicrous and farcical world of zombies, soak them in slapstick humour that is surprisingly so whacky and zany that you can’t help but guffaw riotously. Even the scary portions only make you laugh and bring out the perfect blend of edgy dark humour.
Technically too, Go Goa Gone is very sound. The cinematography by Lukasz Pruchnik and Dan McArthur is top notch and gives a serious competition to zombie movies of the West. Even the background setting is near perfect with the foresty feel on an obscure island.
This time around it isn’t the look of the actors in question but that of the many zombies that inhabit the island. The make-up artists surely deserve to be applauded in creating the perfect white-faced, blank-eyed, and bloodied zombies.
What also deserves to be lauded is the music by Sachin-Jigar. Each and every song right from Slowly Slowly to Khoon Choos Le Monday to even Babaji Ki Booty has topped the charts becoming an instant hit with the urbane youth. The songs also blend brilliantly with the film.
The end, though, doesn’t seem to satisfy either. You don’t walk into the hall expecting any real logic from this film, but the ending still seems a little forced. Therefore, you’re left with a film that has a good set-up, but doesn’t quite see it through all the way to the end. What’s even more disappointing is that the funniest jokes are in the trailer, so by the time you watch the film, you’ve already heard them before.
Saif Ali Khan with all his blond hair, bleached beard and a fake Russian accent as he plays the zombie slayer is something you’ve never seen before.
Go Goa Gone, in short, is a helluva adventure ride that leaves you in splits right till the end. A must watch for one and all.