Go Goa Gone unleashes desi zombies on the world
Starring Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Anand Tiwari, and Puja Gupta
Go Goa Gone marks the birth of a new film genre: the Bollywood zom-com. But the question that might distract viewers is, “Does the world really need desi zombies?”
The film adheres to many of the recognizable markers of zombie comedies, in which male slackers with abysmal life skills and sub-par intelligence somehow become tasked with defending the world against the zombie apocalypse. Here, the anti-heroes are Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Luv (Vir Das). They are accompanied by their requisite straight man, Bunny (Anand Tiwari), whose work ethic enables their shared domicile to be full of food, alcohol, and drugs.
Hardik and Luv decide to accompany Bunny on his business trip to Goa, a resort town that’s like the Las Vegas of India. Luv meets Luna (Puja Gupta) who invites them to a rave on an island off the coast. The party is hosted by “Russian” mobster Boris (Saif Ali Khan with a hideous accent) who launches his new drug, a red pill that inadvertently turns the ravers into zombies.
For the rest of the film, the gang hacks its way through piles of the undead and tries to escape the island while exchanging one-liners and discovering their own untapped depths.
The premise of the film is far more intriguing than its actual execution. There are a few comedic moments, but mostly the characters aren’t loveable enough for us to not want them to be eaten. The music is the film’s one unexpected surprise, particularly the melodic “Khushamdeed” and the addictive “Babaji Ki Booty”.
Gore, sex, and profanity earn the film its 14-A rating. The film carries strong warnings against smoking, though for the most part it isn’t tobacco that they are inhaling. This is an adolescent male fantasy, which simply lacks the cleverness to appeal to any other demographic.