Bollywood embraces Zombie culture

"We didn't make a serious film," says "Go Goa Gone" filmmaker Krishna D.K.


Prachi Gupta
March 31, 2013 9:10PM (UTC)

Unlike in American pop culture, where people host zombie mobs and possess a morbid fascination with zombie-like attacks, zombies are not "a thing" in India. But that may be about to change, thanks a new Bollywood a stoner/zombie flick called "Go Goa Gun," starring Saif Ali Khan and Puja Gupta.

"Thanks to English zombie films and television serials, zombie culture is fast evolving in India," the film's director, Krishna D.K. tells the Times of India. He has hailed it India's first zombie movie.

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The "ZomCom" is as comedic experiment of sorts, meant to introduce its audience to the post-apocalyptic meme that became more popular in American cinema in the early 2000s. "We have made it in such a way that all those who know about zombies can sit back and enjoy it, while for those who have no clue about zombies, we have very quickly elucidated what they are," D.K. explained. (In one clip from the trailer, a character asks "Where did these zombies come from?" The response: "Globalization.")

From the Times:

"I feel the zombie genre in itself has lot of sarcastic humour. We wanted to capitalize on the humour part and, therefore, built the characters with a fair amount of gore, scare, action and comedy. We did not want to spend too much time explaining the evolution of zombies," he added.

"Since we didn't make a serious film, we always had the liberty to play around and experiment with the subject without having to worry about trivial things," added the filmmaker.

The low-budget film was made in 60 days and will be released May 10.


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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