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Go Goa Gone: Die laughing
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To enjoy Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK‘s “Go Goa Gone“, you have to ignore the tacky effects and the bad make-up and concentrate on the wisecracks and repartee between the main characters. Once you’ve done that successfully, get ready to buckle in for what is an unexpectedly fun ride.
One of India’s first zombie films, “Go Goa Gone” relies heavily on excellent dialogue and some great chemistry between the main leads to make a comedy that will leave you laughing for quite a while.
Replete with plenty of cuss words and the kind of snarky conversation you are likely to hear among friends, the zombies seem just a device to move the story forward, rather than the centre of the story, which is a good thing.
Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari play Hardik, Luv and Bunny, three friends who go to sun-kissed Goa but find themselves on a remote island infested by zombies. For help, they have to rely on Boris (played by Saif Ali Khan), a half-Indian, half-Russian mafioso with acid blond hair and an equally acid tongue, who has the guns to kill the zombies.
The story is entirely predictable and the production values leave much to be desired, but the witty exchanges between the friends and the overall acting make up for it.
Khan sheds his romantic playboy image to show his penchant for comedy and gets some of the best lines. Tiwari, as the bumbling “friend of the hero” as he calls himself, is immensely likeable and effective. But the real hero of “Go Goa Gone” is Kunal Khemu, who plays the smart-talking, smooth Hardik with panache and is also credited with writing the dialogue for this film.
Expect to have much fun and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Just ignore the Ramsay film extras that walk around as zombies in this film and you are guaranteed a rollicking time at the movies this weekend.
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