Friday, May 12, 2023

Go Goa Gone: Not all films hold up nicely ten years later


Go Goa Gone finishes 10 years of delivery on Wednesday. Given the film's thin plot, I wondered if it would have been better if Go Goa Gone had been a short film rather than a pointless feature film.

I find myself reading some tweet or interview in which people discuss Go Goa Gone 2 every few weeks or months. If I haven't seen Go Goa Gone yet, do I really miss out on a moment in Indian cinema? Do I not have access to something wonderful? Is it stupid of me to miss a comedy-infused thriller?

I finally made the decision to watch the zombies sleepwalking in Raj and DK's 2013 film Go Goa Gone to keep up with my fellow cinephiles. Not an enthusiast of the zombie frightfulness kind, I was informed there was sufficient humor in the film to make me look past the undead. Additionally, the standing of producers Raj and DK after the Great Video series The Family Man made a difference. Notwithstanding, what didn't work was the actual film, which is everything except amusing.

Go Goa Gone is about three friends who live together in a Mumbai apartment: Hardik (Kunal Kemmu), Luv (Vir Das), and Bunny (Anand Tiwari). Hardik is only concerned with alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and women. Luv is torn between following Hardik's (questionable) advice and healing his broken heart. Rabbit is the ideal fit in the corporate world who views his PowerPoint introductions in a serious way. They are, in essence, corporate zombies who will meet drug-addled zombies at a rave party on a picturesque, deserted Goa island.

After this rave party, all they do is help Russian mafioso Boris (Saif Ali Khan) save them from zombies attacking them, while I searched for the occasional jokes in this slumberfest. Loaded up with consistency that accompanies each zombie film, there is another side to the film past this one section summarize.

The obligatory female member of this group of boys is actress Puja Gupta. Naturally, it would be challenging to crack those shady jokes without a female companion nearby.

Those who are familiar with Raj and DK's distinctive style of filmmaking are aware that they are the masters of creating captivating stories that keep you engaged. In any case, with Go Goa Gone, they have turned out badly. I was left wondering whether or not it would have been better if Go Goa Gone had been a short film rather than a pointlessly extended full-length feature film due to the plot's thinness, which disappears as the second half begins. Perhaps the best thing about the film is its runtime of one hour and forty minutes since I could never have endure a solitary second a greater amount of it. Even though the climax is written to be funny and scary at the same time, the whole thing that happens on a beach and in the Goan wilderness seems long and boring.

The tone-deaf performance of the entire cast, including Saif, further dragged the movie down. The best thing about Go Goa Gone is Kunal Kemmu. Kemmu — Puja Gupta is named Luna for obvious reasons, but the actor makes even those jokes work: Those moments where I giggled can be counted on one hand. It was also funny for him to talk to God and make promises he knows he won't keep. The perfect pun on the Bollywood trope of hero and heroine romancing in the jungles was when he dances around trees and has a romantic moment with a zombie. And I knew what the joke was from the moment I learned his name was Hardik.

However, aside from his quips, the movie seemed as lifeless as the undead it depicts. Throughout the movie, Bunny asks, "What do we know? What have we discovered? I am certain that I will never watch Go Goa Gone again, and I have learned that not all films hold up well over time.

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