Go Goa Gone

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Go Goa Gone
Go Goa Gone poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRaj and D.K.
Produced bySaif Ali Khan
Dinesh Vijan
Sunil Lulla
Story byRaj and D.K.
Sita Menon
StarringSaif Ali Khan
Kunal Khemu
Vir Das
Anand Tiwari
Puja Gupta
Larissa Bonesi
Music bySachin – Jigar
CinematographyDan MacArthur
Lukasz Pruchnik
Edited byArindam S Ghatak
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 10 May 2013 (2013-05-10)
Running time
108 minutes (A version)[1] 100 minutes (U/A version)
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget190 million (US$2.6 million)[2]
Box office382 million (US$5.3 million)[3]

Go Goa Gone is a 2013 Indian zombie 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.[4] Almost one third of the film was shot in Mauritius.[5]

Plot[edit]

Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Luv (Vir Das) are two dope-heads, 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, organised 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/Dilli), 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 by rotating the island as the boat was 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 realises 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 it. This trick works and all the zombies come to a stand still.

They leave the island coming to a conclusion that "Drugs fuck you up".

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", signalling a zombie apocalypse.

Cast and crew[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Saif Ali Khan as Boris (cameo appearance)
  • Kunal Khemu as Hardik
  • Vir Das as Luv
  • Anand Tiwari as Bunny
  • Puja Gupta as Luna
  • Ross Bucharn as Nikolai
  • Abhishek Kapoor as F**ker
  • 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)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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 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.[6]

Promotion[edit]

The film was publicized as India's first "Zom-Com".[7]

The Volkswagen Polo used in the film was selected from a car audition named "My Car Superstar!" in association with Volkswagen India.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

Go Goa Gone
Soundtrack album by
Released10 May 2013
GenreSoundtrack
LabelSony Music India (SME)
Eros
ProducerIlluminati Films
Sachin – Jigar chronology
I, Me Aur Main
(2013)
Go Goa Gone
(2013)
Ramaiya Vastavaiya
(2013)

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.

No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Slowly Slowly"Priya PanchalSachin – JigarJigar Saraiya & Talia Benston3:21
2."Khoon Choos Le"Amitabh BhattacharyaSachin – JigarArjun Kanungo, Suraj Jagan & Priya Panchal3:20
3."Babaji Ki Booti"Amitabh BhattacharyaSachin – JigarAnand Tiwari, Sachin – Jigar, Kunal Khemu, Raj & DK, Bornalee Deuri3:46
4."Khushamdeed"Priya PanchalSachin – JigarShreya Ghoshal3:35
5."I Keel Ded Peepul" Sachin – JigarSaif Ali Khan1:42

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics and has gathered a cult status in horror comedy.[9][10][11][12]

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".[13] Lisa Tsering of The Hollywood Reporter stated that "the film starts out promisingly" calling its soundtrack "infectious" while also criticizing its screenplay for "fizzling out halfway through".[14]

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".[15] 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.".[16] Namrata Joshi of Outlook rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and summarized by saying "It's fun, sharp, smart and irreverant. Go Goa Gone pushes many of our sanctimonious envelopes." [17]

Rajeev Masand gave the film a 3/5 rating and wrote, "So much in this film is good, until it all goes nowhere in the end."[18]

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".[19] 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.[20] 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."[21]

Sequel[edit]

Saif Ali Khan told DNA in an interview that the shooting for Go Goa Gone 2 will start in January 2019. The sequel will see Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari reprising their roles.[22] Release of Saif Ali Khan starrer Go Goa Gone 2 pushed to 2020 due to actors’ unavailability of dates.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Go Goa Gone (15)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  2. ^ https://boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=762
  3. ^ https://boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=762
  4. ^ Go Goa Gone. boxofficeindia.com
  5. ^ Geety Sahgal (5 September 2014). "Mauritius bound". The Indian Express. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Go Goa Gone: Saif's zombie research". Parag Maniar, TNN. The Times of India. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Go Goa Gone trailer goes viral". Hindustan Times. 28 March 2013. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  8. ^ "Pune owner's Volkswagen Polo selected winner of 'My Car Superstar' contest". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Saif Ali Khan will return as Boris in Go Goa Gone 2, shooting starts in January". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Why is Saif Ali Khan un-'Saif' today?". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  11. ^ "GO GOA GONE 2: 'Zombie Hunter' Saif Ali Khan Is Returning Back To 'Kill Dead People'!". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  12. ^ "The days are not gone for 'Go Goa Gone': Raj and DK". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  13. ^ Dasgupta, Piyasree (10 May 2013). "Go Goa Gone review: Saif's not the only star in the laughathon".
  14. ^ Tsering, Lisa (10 May 2013). "Go Goa Gone: Film Review".
  15. ^ Taran Adarsh. "Review: Go Goa Gone". bollywoodhungama.com. Retrieved 10 May 2013.3.5/5 stars
  16. ^ Meena Iyer. "Review: Go Goa Gone Review". Times of India. Retrieved 10 May 2013.3/5 stars
  17. ^ Joshi, Namrata (27 May 2013). "Go Goa Gone".3/5 stars
  18. ^ Masand, Rajeev (10 May 2013). "Zombie High".3/5 stars
  19. ^ Shubir Rishi. "Review: Go Goa Gone could have used more fun-gore". Rediff.com. Retrieved 10 May 2013.2.5/5 stars
  20. ^ Chopra, Anupama (11 May 2013). "Anupama Chopra's review: Go Goa Gone".2.5/5 stars
  21. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (10 May 2013). "Review: 'Go Goa Gone' aims to make us laugh".2.5/5 stars
  22. ^ Rakshit, Nayandeep. "'I will return as Boris in Go Goa Gone 2': Saif Ali Khan". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Release of Saif Ali Khan starrer Go Goa Gone 2 pushed to 2020 due to actors' unavailability of dates". Bollywood Hungama. 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-03-18.

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