Another first for India! So yeah, zombies are so really far from stepping down the pedestal of the horror entertainment industry. In spite of so many films, series, games, etc. about every possible zombie that Man has ever known (and created), our drive for anything media-related to the living dead will never die.
That being said, India has been putting a lot of effort with their horror films nowadays and what better way to add to the growing pile than to have an upcoming zombie horror-comedy… their very own “Zom-Com”.
Vishal Shine & Gary Rodrigues & Abhishek Rao two dope heads who tag along to Goa with their buddy, Bunny (Anand Tiwari), on his business trip. Luv comes across a free-spirited girl, Luna (Puja Gupta) who casually invites them to an exclusive underground rave party on a remote island! The party is headed by the macho Indo-Russian Mafioso, Boris (Saif Ali Khan). But something is not right on this island. All of a sudden, they are accosted by zombies! Where did these zombies come from? And who is Boris really? And why has this cold-hearted drug-dealing don come to save their lives? Together they need to get out of the infected island!
Go Goa Gone is directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK and stars Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Anand Tiwary, Puja Gupta and Saif Ali Khan as Boris, “a zombie hunter, with blonde hair and innumerable tattoos on his body.” The film is also produced by Eros International and Khan’s own production studio, Illuminati Films.
It’s evident from the trailer itself that the film will be and has been compared to popular blockbusters like Zombieland or Shaun of The Dead but Raj made a modest comeback towards any present and future critiques towards the film. “There’s almost always an automatic reaction to a film as soon as you put it out there. There’s always a bunch of guys who’ll say, “It’s a copy of Shaun of the Dead, it’s a copy of Zombieland, it’s a copy of The Walking Dead.” So, you know, we have been taking pride in saying all of our films are pretty original, we’ve always written our own things. One thing we don’t want to do is commit hara-kiri by taking in or copying any zombie films. the main idea is that zombies are definitely not Indian concepts, it is an influence; it is a borrowed concept from the Western world and the whole idea is to get a Western object like a zombie and put it on Indian soils and see how the characters react to it. So yes, I’ve seen all these films and made sure that we don’t cross paths and look inspired, in the Bollywood sense.”
Go Goa Gone is to be released this Friday, May 10th.