|Go Goa Gone|
|Krishna DK & Raj Nidimoru|
|Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Suparn Verma, Anand Tiwari, Puja Gupta|
Three friends (why's it always three?), a rave party, Goa, and some "Hollywood ke bhoot". This is the cunning combo of the film, and it works for the most part.
But it's not just the bhoot that are from Hollywood, Go Goa Gone will have you thinking back to zom-coms like the popular Shaun of the Dead (2004) that mixed humour with horror.
Here you have Luv (Vir Das) and Hardik (Kunal Khemu), stuck in dead-end (pun unintended) jobs and relationships. They tag along with their square friend Bunny (Anand Tiwari) to a work trip in Goa. Once there, it takes them no time to land at a rave that they call a "very underground party".
But this one's a little different, held as it is on a secluded island and organised by the Russian mafia. Whoa!
Once sufficiently doped, the three friends separate only to discover the next morning that that everything's different - the island is infested with blood-thirsty zombies looking for humans to prey on.
Our three friends witness a man being eaten alive by the zombies, yet manage to make wisecracks as they run for their lives. But that's the tone throughout the film. Call it a wannabe Delhi Belly if you will.
So Hardik (there's a pun to his name as well) decides the zombies are here because of globalisation - after AIDS, this is what the West has given us.
They also manage to rescue a girl (Pooja Gupta) who in turn saves their lives from a zombie. Add in the character of an ex-mafia don (Saif Ali Khan) and you have a crazy mish-mash of people, all trying to escape. The film is hardly scary, but it does have gory portions. And it remains mostly funny.
While most of the jokes crack you up, the film sometimes falls down the 'too slippery slope'. The portion where Soha Ali Khan appears only so Kunal Khemu's character can hurl abuses at her is unbecoming. So is the scene where Khemu stops a minute to talk to God, when they're running away from zombies.
The dialogue impresses you with its witticism and disappoints with its use of sexist abuses. The second half gets a tad repetitive.
Where the film scores is with the superb performances and astute comic timing. Cinematography by Lukasz Pruchnik and Dan McArthur deserves special mention. As does Sachin-Jigar's fabulous music.
Director duo Krishna D K and Raj Nidimoru has earlier directed 99 and Shor In The City. This is their best feature yet with an interesting story, a great cast and technical finesse.
Forgive the repetitive second half, and you have a fairly funny zom-com. Worth your time.
Rating: 3 stars