Bollywood Movie Review: Go Goa Gone

Rashmi Daryanani , 10 May 2013
Go Goa Gone
Go Goa Gone

From the minute we saw the Go Goa Gone promos, we knew it was something different – Bollywood isn’t known for adventure films, much less zombie films, and this one is supposed to be a ‘zomcom’. That means, for a change, Bollywood filmmakers were attempting to make a horror film (of sorts) that is intended to be funny – of course, most horror films in this industry are funny, but unintentionally so. However, the question is, does Go Goa Gone succeed?

Hardik and Luv (Kunal Kemmu and Vir Das) have decided that they need to ditch real life for a bit and go on a holiday, which is why when their roommate Bunny (Anand Tiwari) tells them he’ll be going to Goa for a presentation, they all but jump at the idea. Once there, they hear about an epic rave party that is happening on a private island, which is being hosted by the Russian mafia. Of course, the two boys decide that this is one event they absolutely have to be at, and coerce Bunny into coming along with them. But once special drugs start getting passed around at the party, things take a turn for the worse: the island is full of zombies by the morning, and their only hope of survival is a blonde, Russian mafioso (Saif Ali Khan).

Go Goa Gone
Go Goa Gone

The film is peppered with some witty lines, and the comic timing of the actors will definitely get laughs out of you. Kunal Kemmu and Vir Das are very good separately, but they’re even better when they’re playing off each other. Anand Tiwari manages to hold his own between the two. Pooja Gupta, the mandatory hot girl, does justice to her role as well. Saif Ali Khan’s blonde hair leaves more of an impact than his acting skills.

The first half is all fine and good, but the problem is that by the time the second half rolls around, things start going downhill. The witticism fades, the laughs are fewer and the lack of a coherent story begins showing. After a point, watching them run from zombies gets a little dull, although there is one thought that stays in your mind throughout – how are they going to end this shit?

Go Goa Gone
Go Goa Gone

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.

Verdict:

Worth a watch if you want to experience a few laughs and the novelty of a “zombie film,” but skippable if the premise doesn’t really interest you.

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