Go Goa Gone: Has Saif Ali Khan Finally Got It Right?

Within hours of it's release Tuesday, the trailer of Saif Ali Khan's 'Go, Goa, Gone' became a talking point on social networking sites, and created a lot of audience attention.

One thing is for sure. Saif Ali Khan loves to experiment. And some times it works, but sometimes its gone horribly wrong… (need we remind you of ‘Agent Vinod’?)

With what seems to be a heavy predilection for an international look and feel, the actor cum producer is out with the trailer for the first ever Zombie movie in India-  ‘Goa Goa Gone’. What’s heartening… within hours of it’s release Tuesday, the trailer became a talking point on social networking sites, and created a lot of audience attention.

In partnership with Dinesh Vijan, Saif Ali Khan has created this “genre-bender” zom-com (that’s ‘zombie comedy’, for the uninitiated) ‘Go Goa Gone’.

Which leads us to the inevitable question: has Saif Ali Khan finally got it right?

Will he prove his mettle as producer, by making all the right decisions?

Saif’s first foray into production under the Illuminati banner, ‘Love Aaj Kal’, which was critically and commercially acclaimed, garnered total box office collections of more than Rs 800 million (Rs 80 crore).

But his second production was quite a well-documented disaster.

‘Agent Vinod’ released last year and bombed miserably at the ticket counter. Saif tried to go for an international appeal with a stylised flick about a RAW agent falling in love with a Pakistani spy, played by his beautiful Begum Kareena. But, for some reason the film didn’t appeal to the audiences. The actor was candid in admitting that a lot went wrong. The only thing memorable about the film was it’s music, which is still going strong. Other than that, ‘Agent Vinod’ was a total trainwreck.

Saif’s third production, ‘Cocktail’ did quite decently. A yuppie, feel-good rom-com which starred himself, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty the film got its adequate share of attention. Helmed by Homi Adajania, ‘Cocktail’ collected in the range of Rs 750 million (Rs 75 crore) – a very decent figure, but nowhere close to the big boys’ Rs 100 crore club.

One may observe that every alternate film of Saif’s seems to have worked decently at the box office. Whenever he sticks to formulaic love stories, he gets it right; but whenever he tries something different, the audiences reject his endeavour.

With this new release (its certainly caught our attention!) have the tables turned for Saif Ali Khan?

Will audiences lap up this first of a kind attempt to marry the horror and comedy genres… Will they accept the hunky Nawab in his blond “I Kill Dead People” avatar?

With ‘Go Goa Gone’, will Saif Ali Khan create a cult film for zombies: a previously unheard of concept in India?

You tell us!

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