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Movie Review: Go Goa Gone


MONOJIT LAHIRI | New Delhi, May 11, 2013 11:52
Tags : Go Goa Gone | Movie review | Zombies | Saif Ali Khan |

Saif Ali Khan is a bit of a freako in B-town who, despite enjoying star-lineage, is truly different.  The Chhote Nawab has a definite life beyond movies, is a voracious reader, known to have a scintillating wit and is forever open to the unconventional.  Story goes that when the director-duo went across to Saif for a narration in the hope of getting him to play the lead role, initial zap & bewilderment [“a movie about zombies?  Are you guys nuts?”] was followed, very soon, by hysterical laughter and a firm commitment to not only act, but produce the film as well!

As expected, G3 is bizarre and has zero reference to context in terms of anything Bollywood has ever done in this unusual, crazy genre.  What for chrissake is a zombie-com??  This could pose as a huge roadblock with fans of the usual B-town staple [toilet humour, action & rom-com] but audiences with open minds and willing to enjoy the whacky & weird are in for a treat!  Three fun-loving guys & their girlfriend rock at a rave party in Goa hosted by a mad-looking Russian and get bombed with booze & drugs.  They wake up to find that they are in zombie-land.  Scared like hell, they run helter-skelter, clueless about the next move and given some kind of protection by the crazy Russian, who himself is scared shit too but doesn’t show it, feigning bravado.  Its pure, unadulterated madness cut loose unleashing wisecracks powered with manic energy on an overdrive.

The performances are uniformly good – Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Anand Tiwari and the girl Puja Gupta.  Saif as the crazy Russian [with that funny golden hair] is superbly spot-on too.  It’s a very different genre with the concept of zombies coming centre-stage and all the action around them offering a novel experience.  The camera work – lensing Goa & Mauritius – is sumptuous, the music appropriately wacky, but as a narrative – situations & dialogues – can sometimes be a bit tiresome due to its repetitiveness & forced gags.  After all, how long can you keen the zingers going fresh, hilarious & original, na?  Everything considered, however, a great bold leap into a whole new fun-land!  Heavily recommended for al lovers of whacky fun!  Bravo Krishna & Raj … Go, Goa, Gone will go places!


Director: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Puja Gupta


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