Bollywood preview: Go Goa Gone, Gippi

Mumbai, May 10 -- Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here's what you can expect from this week's release(s). Saif's return to comedy

Film: Go Goa Gone

Cast: Saif Ali Khan (last seen in Race 2), Kunal Khemu (last seen in Blood Money; 2012), Vir Das (last seen in Delhi Belly; 2011), Puja Sharma (last seen in FALTU; 2011) and Anand Tiwari (last seen in Jo Dooba So Paar: It's Love in Bihar!; 2011)

Storyline: Three friends head to Goa to unwind, only to find themselves in the middle of an attack of the un-dead. They also bump into a zombie-killing machine from Delhi, who is posing as a Russian bad a**.

Directors

Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK (Last directed Shor In The City, 2011)

With an ensemble cast, the film opened slowly, but was eventually declared a sleeper hit. It was well received by critics and audiences.

Music

Sachin-Jigar

The soundtrack has received good reviews, with two tracks, 'Slowly slowly' and 'Khoon choos le', already having become chart-toppers.

Controversies/stunts

Within days of the film's first promo having hit the tube, the makers were forced to correct Saif Ali Khan's image (holding a cigar in his mouth) in the still, lest he sends out the "wrong message". The cigar in the poster was replaced with a bullet. In a surprise move, the film was also passed by the Censor Board with no cuts. It did, however, earn itself an 'A' certificate.

Marketing/hype

The film has been touted as Bollywood's first zom-com (zombie-comedy). Saif has done his bit by calling it "more mainstream than you can imagine" - just when we were beginning to hope for good things.

Our assessment

For a change, Saif is doing what he was most loved for - comedy (also the genre that resurrected his career). The trailer looks entertaining, and the directors' last film wasn't hated. Two plus two usually makes four, but you never know with Bollywood.

Dealing with weighty issues

Film: Gippi

Cast: Riya Vij (acting debut) and Divya Dutta (last seen in Zila Ghaziabad) among others

Storyline: The coming-of-age movie revolves around the story of a teenage girl, Gippi, and the troubles many adolescents face at that stage in life.

Director

Sonam Nair (Debut directorial)

She has previously assisted Ayan Mukherjee on the Ranbir Kapoor film, Wake Up Sid (2009). According to IMDB, apart from also having assisted on a short film (titled Pretentious Film Student Film), she has been the script supervisor on Vishal Bhardwaj's 7 Khoon Maaf (2011).

Music

Vishal-Shekhar

The soundtrack comprising five tracks has received good reviews, with 'We are like this only' and 'Pehn di takki' being the star compositions.

Controversies/stunts

Mona Singh, who was approached for the role of Gippi's mom, left the makers in a lurch when days before the shoot she decided to not do the role, citing date issues. Thankfully, Divya Dutta happened to be in the vicinity and willing.

Marketing/hype

With Karan Johar as a producer, you have little to worry about when it comes to marketing and promotion of your film. He roped in Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, Imran Khan, Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan to promote the film. They all shot short videos, talking about Gippi, and asked the audiences to watch it.

Our assessment

This one revolves around a girl, who is dealing with menstrual cycles, buying her first bra, living with baby fat, surviving 'potty' dialogue embarrassments, tripping on basketball courts and developing crushes on older boys. Does the promo cater to a teenager? Probably. Will it make an adult cringe? Most probably.

For the final verdict, look out for Anupama Chopra's review tomorrow in the Watch & Listen page of Hindustan Times

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.