Go Goa Gone
|Go Goa Gone|
|Directed by||Raj and D.K.|
|Story by||Raj and D.K.|
|Produced by||Saif Ali Khan|
|Starring||Saif Ali Khan|
|Edited by||Arindam S Ghatak|
|Distributed by||Eros International|
|112 minutes (A version) 100 minutes (U/A version)|
|Budget||₹19 crore (US$2.5 million)|
|Box office||₹38.4 crore (US$5.1 million)|
Go Goa Gone is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language zombie apocalypse action black comedy film directed by Raj and D.K. The film features Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Puja Gupta and Anand Tiwari. It was released on 10 May 2013. Almost one third of the film was shot in Mauritius. It is the first Indian zombie film. And, known by cult status in the genre of horror-comedy.
Go Goa Gone was unsuccessful at the box office. It received mostly negative reviews, but it received praise for its pacing, editing and use of zombies, though the screenplay and the second act received criticism. A sequel titled Go Goa Gone 2 is set for a release by 2023.
Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Luv (Vir Das) are two young men, living with their roommate/friend Bunny (Anand Tiwari). After Hardik loses his job and Luv gets dumped by his girlfriend, both decide to tag along with Bunny to Goa to relax. In Goa, Luv falls for Luna (Puja Gupta), and she invites the guys to a rave party, organized by the Russian mafia, which is being held on a secluded island. At the party, a new drug, D2RF, is launched. None of the friends take it as it's very expensive. The next morning, the three roommates find that the island has been infected by zombies, and the three men save Luna from her villa and stay together in hopes of surviving. A Russian mafioso, Boris (Saif Ali Khan), originally from Delhi, arrives and reveals himself as a zombie slayer.
Boris, his partner Nikolai, the three boys, and Luna plan to use the boat they had used to travel to the island to escape from it. Finally, after escaping the forest, they discover that the mainland has also been infested by the zombies, forcing them to find another way to survive. Boris tells them the boat will come back to the original place due to the cyclic nature of water currents. However, the boat has been taken by a zombie. They find a home fully vacant and decide to stay there. Boris leaves the four of them in the house, saying he has important work with Nikolai. At night after Boris leaves, the zombies find the house and attack the four of them. They run away from the zombies and reach the rave party area, looking for food. There, too, they are attacked by zombies. Bunny gets trapped in a tent and is seemingly killed by zombies. The three manage to escape with the help of Boris and Nikolai: who arrive just in time. On the way, Nicolai gets bitten by a zombie, so he stays behind in the forest. The four are grief-stricken.
Luna realizes Boris had gone back to obtain his expensive cocaine. Whilst waiting for the boat to arrive, Hardik gets a call from Bunny saying he's alive and on top of a tower. The four of them go to rescue him, where Boris is surrounded by the zombies, and the four youngsters escape.
When they reach Boris's jeep, Bunny tells them that he threw cocaine at the zombies which were coming to attack him. The mixing of the red pill and cocaine made them still. They go back to save Boris, and throw the cocaine packets towards the sky and ask Boris to shoot them. This trick works, and all the zombies come to a standstill.
They leave the island coming to the conclusion that drugs ruin one's life.
When they arrive at the shore of Goa, they see that the settlement is burning and everything is damaged. All five take their guns out, and the movie ends there on the note – "The End..is near", signaling a zombie apocalypse.
Cast and crew
- Saif Ali Khan as Boris
- Kunal Khemu as Hardik
- Vir Das as Luv
- Anand Tiwari as Bunny
- Puja Gupta as Luna (voice dubbed by Urvi Ashar)
- Ross Bucharn as Nikolai
- Abhishek Kapoor as Fucker
- Meenal Thakur as Priyanka
- Suparn Verma as Boss (cameo)
- Larrisa Bonesi as Simone
- Krishna D.K. as Guy Devoured by Zombies
- Jasleen Jil as Uninterested Girl at the Bar
- Anuradha Sharma as Interested Girl at the Bar
- Avinash Serrao as Leetle Zombie
- Nagaraju Jalli as Boatman
- Abhishek Banerjee as Pharmacist (cameo)
- Pitobash Tripathy as Drug Dealer in the song "Slowly Slowly" (cameo)
- Soha Ali Khan as Hardik's Ex-Girlfriend (cameo)
For his role in the film as Russian mafioso turned zombie hunter, Boris, Saif Ali Khan who had no experience of portraying such a character, was given the book The Zombie Survival Guide by the directors as Khan was the first choice. Kunal Khemu was associated with the film writing, and it was his idea to get Saif Ali Khan on board.
The initial idea for the film was to make a crime comedy genre film, but then a zombie comedy was eventually finalised.
The film was publicised as India's first "Zom-Com".
|Go Goa Gone|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||10 May 2013|
|Label||Sony Music India|
The music was composed by the duo Sachin–Jigar. The lyrics were written by Priya Panchal and Amitabh Bhattacharya, and songs feature the voices of Jigar Saraiya, Talia Bentson, Sachin Sanghvi, Priya Panchal, and Shreya Ghoshal.
|1.||"Slowly Slowly"||Priya Panchal||Sachin–Jigar||Jigar Saraiya & Talia Benston||3:21|
|2.||"Khoon Choos Le"||Amitabh Bhattacharya||Sachin – Jigar||Arjun Kanungo, Suraj Jagan & Priya Panchal||3:20|
|3.||"Babaji Ki Booti"||Amitabh Bhattacharya||Sachin – Jigar||Anand Tiwari, Sachin–Jigar, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Amitabh Bhattacharya||3:46|
|4.||"Khushamdeed"||Priya Panchal||Sachin – Jigar||Shreya Ghoshal||3:35|
|5.||"I Keel Ded Peepul"||Raj & DK||Sachin – Jigar||Saif Ali Khan, Anand Tiwari, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das||1:42|
Piyasree Dasgupta of Firstpost noted that "Go Goa Gone works in a manner similar to why Delhi Belly did" commending it for its "superb pace" and "smart editing". Lisa Tsering of The Hollywood Reporter stated that "the film starts out promisingly" calling its soundtrack "infectious" while also criticising its screenplay for "fizzling out halfway through".
Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 3.5/5 stars and stated that "On the whole, GO GOA GONE is experimental since something like this has never been attempted earlier. But it's fun, witty, amusing and yes, thoroughly entertaining". Meena Iyer of Times of India gave it 3 out of 5 stars and said "Go Goa Gone is positively different from anything you have seen before. And for the young and restless or even those who like whacked-out fun, it's a great ride.". Namrata Joshi of Outlook rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and summarised by saying "It's fun, sharp, smart and irreverent. Go Goa Gone pushes many of our sanctimonious envelopes."
Shubir Rishi of Rediff.com gave it 2.5/5 stars and said: "Go Goa Gone" is a fun watch. There are plenty of innocent-sounding, slow-exploding one-liners, which are funny". Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars stating that, "The problem with Go Goa Gone is too much cleverness and not enough plot. Shubhra Gupta The Indian Express rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, "The film would have been funnier if the second act hadn't gone into a slide. And also if Khan hadn't played Boris so straight."
Shooting for Go Goa Gone 2 was to start in January 2019 but was pushed to September 2020 due to actors’ unavailability of dates. The first look poster of the film was released by Maddock Films on 15 January 2020 on their social media handles with a release date of March 2021. The film shoot was delayed due to covid-19 pandemic in 2020. The film will go on floor in mid 2022 and set to release by 2023. The sequel will see Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari reprising their roles.
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