Saturday, May 11, 2013

Go Goa Gone is the most daring film in a couple of years

Go Goa Gone is a phenomenon I have been waiting to witness for over 2 months now, yes, ever since that credulously well cut first trailer set it up for awesomeness. You might wonder that I did go in to like the movie, so I cant really hate it. But then, I can offer you a smirk for that ridiculous thought. 

Go Goa Gone is a ginormously special film for a million reasons. Indian cinema completed 100 years recently, and this, effectively, is our first film on a theme that has been gangraped many a times by Hollywood - Zombies. Except that Go Goa Gone takes a leaf out of the West's obsession, turns it around its head to evolve into a zombie comedy, almost reveling like a spoof that belies that obsession. Go Goa Gone is no malarkey to designed to rip you off but it delivers the thrills it promises and respect to Saif Ali Khan for backing it. Following Delhi Belly in 2011, Go Goa Gone makes no bones about its prophetically adult content, going the full hog with its uncensored ruthless sex humor or a stark use of drugs by its characters. It permeates badassery without a wink of thought and recklessly veers itself to a landmark point in Indian cinema, just for finding a release. 

Nosediving into Go Goa Gone, one does nimbly realize that this is not a film made for everyone. The action-gore baggage of the genre, the morally distorted lingo (in terms of wide social acceptance), or just the uncomfortable propaganda of drug abuse may be a put off for many. But alas, Go Goa Gone is too audacious to care about not having a pan-India audience. Derivatively enough, GGG follows three stone-headed friends as they make a trip to Goa where one of them has a work assignment and the other two are just distraught with life. Post a rave party, they find themselves amidst a bunch of cartoonishly fearsome zombies and have to scram for life, pretty much for the rest of the film's runtime. Saif Ali Khan plays a pseudo-Russian ex-mafia who seems to be omniscient about zombies and is out to eradicate them. 

But Go Goa Gone works for many other reasons. The unabashed repartee of snappy lines, amongst the three leads, cutting each other is the most compelling form of humor that has hit the screens lately. The continuous political incorrectness, the heaps of gristly wisecrack and the rousing stretch of ridiculous situations never let the humor dip throughout the movie. Unfortunately, it is this idea of zom-com that kinda became a quagmire for writer directors Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru in the second half. A zomcom, to think of it, in the pre GGG era maybe a year back in Indian cinema, is an idea crackling enough to make it work anyhow, but then, but then they could not get out of in the second half as they had to keep the 'com' in it. Hence, the extended climax is just a chase fight sequence between zombies and humans with many hilarious moments which leaves GGG jarringly underwhelming in the last hour due to lack of meat in the narrative. 

I may have been mildly disappointed but the film carries a whole bunch to root for, honestly. It is told like whirlwind adventure and you never disengage from the proceedings. Raj and DK seamlessly weave in the surly with the impish and comic with the murky. The three leads barely miss a beat of timing ever to aid their directors. Screenplay and dialogues by Raj, DK, Sita Menon, Kunal Khemu and Raja Sen are monumentally brilliant and the lifeline of the film. Arindam Ghatak's Editing and Dan Macarthur's cinematography is on point. But it is the Music by Sachin-Jigar that scores an ace amongst all the technical departments. A truly delectable album with gems produced to appeal to the non-massy audience, this one will stick around for a while. 

Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari complement each other like real soulmates saucily adding much value to Go Goa Gone. Khemu does outshine his peers in this one, but Das and Tiwari are only inching behind by no real distance. Acerbic, awesome and assured, the leads deliver a standout performance here. It is their camaraderie that provides the necessary cover-up for a slim second half. A scene where they take on 3 zombie females together or the sequence when Tiwari and Saif are questioning Khemu or many other nuances stand out remarkably. Saif Ali Khan, albeit cast a tad bit incongruously, surprises us with a dedicated performance as Boris, carrying a large share of the clap-worthy lines. Puja Gupta has little to do but does not look out of place with the boys. 

Go Goa Gone is pivoted around the world of drugs, essentially, and makes no qualms about portraying two of its leads as users. It is also a learning journey derived from a common corporate phrase used by Steve Jobs famously. But above all, it is more candor than you have seen in a film in ages. Irrespective of your apprehensions, I would irk you to go for this movie, but dont forget your appetite for some gore, some silly and some crass. I assure you, you will laugh your ass out. Here is an extra half star for just having the balls, Saif, Raj and DK!

Rating - 3.5/5

Originally published for MadAboutMoviez here

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