Thoughts: What Do We Know – Zom, Rom, Com; What Have We Learnt – There is hope

After a brief hiatus, I’m back. Yes I am back, back again writing. *takes a bow* (waits for applause to die down)

I am trying to get more regular on this, so I shall try and watch more movies. (Of course this requires moolah…you will not believe the cost of tickets these days, so kindly wire the money to my account and I’ll ensure your wishes comes true 🙂 )

So one of my first summer flicks this year was Go Goa Gone and was I in for a surprise. Being honest, I didn’t go into this one with much of an expectation. Here was what I knew about it, it’s a Hindi comedy movie (yawn) …with Vir Das (hmmm)…and Kunal Khemu (double yawn)…n Saif Ali Khan… (Yaaaww…) as a blonde Russian mafia… (..aawwnn!!) and there are zombies…(say WHAT!!)

Yup you heard me, we have had actors like who look like zombies, we have had directors who direct like zombies, dancers who dance like zombies (for those in a spot of doubt about this, please watch any Sunny Deol movie as reference) but FINALLY, we have put the foreigners who come to soak up the sun in Goa and end up as extras in small time flicks in the right movie, though a few I think were from the Appy Fizz advertisement, I guess Saif beat the fizzy drink to get these women (well done sir!) and were finally cast in roles they deserved to be in. Cast as walking twisted horde of make-up and no dialogues. Perfect!

The movie has a simple premise, best friends Luv (the very funny Vir Das) and Hardik (Kunal Khemu) are regular twenty something guys, who smoke pot, drink and go to work when they get the time. Luv gets dumped by a girl he plans to marry and he is heart-broken, Hardik is also on the verge of losing his job and both are stuck in a rut. Enter their third roomie Bunny (Anand Tiwari) who is going on an office trip to Goa. These guys decide to jump on their luck and go to Goa to blow some steam off. Once in Goa enter Luna (the long leggy Pooja Gupta) who meets Luv and invites him for a rave party being run by the “Russian mafia”. Next thing they know, all the party goers have turned zombies and they are stuck up (insert dirty word here) creek without a paddle. That now leaves the three friends, Luna and the ‘Russian’ mafia Lord Boris (Saif Ali Khan) who organized the party, against an island of zombies for the next 72 hours. Do they make it out alive? (Everybody Panic!)

Go Goa Gone is refreshing change from all the usual riff raff we see these days. A Zom Rom Com as its tagline states and it connects on all three. Zombies…check, romance….check… (Sure it’s more of guys looking for one night stands but let’s call it love) and comedy…double check. The dialogues and slapstick comedy at times might seem a little overdone, but the cast pulls of all the lines and delivers them beautifully. The acting is the strength of this movie as all three of the male leads appear to give an effortless performance. Most zombies were brilliant but for me personally Vir Das stole the show. He is a brilliant showman, confident on screen and he bought his A game to the movie. Kunal Khemu finally shows some light with his light hearted wit and I think he had found a gold mine if he continues to act in this genre.

Saif does a good job as well pretending to be a fake Russian. The only zombie was Pooja Gupta who I think was pretty with her long legs and all, but as far as acting goes she still has a long way to go.

Directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK have done a good job with their work behind the camera. They still have a long way to go, but they are on the right track. The music of the film, composed by Sachin-Jigar, is also catchy and sort of adds to the flavor of the movie. ‘Khoon choos le’ is a good start to the movie.

It is by far one of the better comedy movies I have recently seen in a long time and a nice change from the usual Sallu bhai flick we see in the name of comedies. Watching Tareek Mehta Ka Oolta Chasma made me always believe that we could never understand comedy and unless accompanied by voice over laughter we would never be able to bring a smile to television watching folk. But GGG changes that, the audiences were laughing away and no I didn’t mean the odd giggle here and the snort there. They were in splits. There are the naysayers who say that it’s a crass sense of humor, but either way the movie does hit the funny bones 4 out of 5 times. To those familiar with zombie movies, it’s something like Shaun of the Dead, with Zombieland and add a dash of Delhi Belly for the Indian flavor to it. (Complicated but I think it’s a personal opinion)

‘Go Goa Gone’ is a good and fun watch and though some claim its gory personally it’s no worse than what most of us have already seen on screen. So there are a few scenes which might make you flinch but eventually once you get caught up in the movie altogether it’s just another comedy movie. The witty one liners and the facial expressions are enough to invoke a laugh. Go and watch how to “keel dead people” 🙂

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