Review: ‘Go Goa Gone’ is a stoner-zombie-comedy

Go-Goa-Gone-postersThis review contains spoilers.

Go Goa Gone isn’t just a zomcom, it’s a stoner zomcom, in which two potheads, desperate to break out of their daily routine, convince their gullible flatmate to drive them to Goa, where they can spend a few days drinking copious amounts of alcohol, consuming all the drugs they can buy, having sex with beautiful women, and party the go-goa-gone-saif-ali-khantime away. The sexy Puja Gupta appears in a blue bikini to tell one of these fools about a party on an island off the Goa shore, and it so happens that this rave has been organized by the Russian mafia. At this beach rave, a red pill our heroes can’t afford turns those who consume it into zombies.

So now we know – it’s an expensive party drug that turns partygoers into bloodthirsty zombies. Go Goa Gone is a light comedy – the humour is mild, part wit and part slapstick, funny enough only to raise chuckles. Enter Saif Ali Khan as the Russian-Punjabi mafioso who saves puja-gupta-blue-bikini-Go-goa-goneKunal Khemu, Anand Tiwari, Vir Das and Puja Gupta from being eaten by the zombies. I didn’t think the living dead would care about being cannibalistic, but Go Goa Gone is a Bollywood movie in which party animals have been transformed into soulless corpses because of partying excesses, so everything else is allowed, too, I guess.

Watching a whole lot of zombies get their heads shot is like watching a video game, and I don’t even know why they limp about instead of walking normally, but the most important thing here is they can be stopped only by cocaine. This is the moral of the story right here: What drugs can make wrong, only drugs can set right. Even though it’s as short as a Hollywood movie, Go Goa Gone isn’t alive enough to merit a second watch. Bollywood’s first stoner-zombie-comedy is entertaining only the first time, so leave your brains at home because that’s where the zombies won’t be looking.


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10 Responses to “Review: ‘Go Goa Gone’ is a stoner-zombie-comedy”

  1. 1 Meggu Shah
    May 11, 2013 at 19:15

    Nice review. Why don’t you write reviews for movies like Vaastav, Yashwant, Ab Tak Chhapan, Ghatak etc?


  2. May 14, 2013 at 00:07

    Saw this today finally. While I could greatly identify with the precursor to Goa scenes (need a break myself :), the zombie scenes weren’t that bad either. However, Kunal Khemu’s obsession in making love to a zombie Russian girl, well that was stretching it a bit considering he was depicted as the cleverest and most practical of the three stooges.

    Saif Ali Khan’s Russian character bit looked unconvincing from the get-go. It seemed for most of the film, he only wanted to be going through the motions. His character, Boris, seemed overdeveloped — the snarled dialogue, the macho posturing and the knowing world-weariness — are becoming so familiar by now in Hindi films that they verge on parody when played by lead actors. Even if you assume Saif is spoofing himself, it’s a joyless exercise, and too much angry resignation for it to be taken as very funny or very entertaining. Just my two paise.

    However, the first 20 to 30 minutes of the movie is full paisa-vasool. The dude jumping naked like Tarzan from balcony, all the non-veg jokes, and the other dude’s kachcha being taken off in the swimming pool.


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