Go Goa Gone has some of the most creative people in the industry backing it up. That must be thrilling for you to be a part of this set up, especially after Delhi Belly, isn't it?
That's true. These are the people who come with a huge amount of technical credit as well, other than being creative and in the know-how of the business. They know how to come up with some sophisticated stuff while keep entertainment in mind. Now when you hire people like Raj and DK who known comedy as a genre as well then it is enticing to be working with them since they know their job.
Also, with Saif coming in, there a further element of madness that comes in as well, right?
Exactly (smiles). You know that, by the time Saif came in to shoot for the film, we were already 35 days into our schedule. Everything was set and the work pattern was out there as well. We had a blast. Normally it takes about 4-5 days to start each other out and establish the zone of the film. This wasn't the case with Go Goa Gone, least of all when it comes to Saif since he is really chilled out guy with a fun attitude to match. Of course as a producer he was the boss as well. However when you are shooting in Mauritius, an informal atmosphere does get generated.
Guess it was all fun and frolic?
Nahi yaar, aisa bhi nahi tha. Somehow I end up picking films which are physically taxing too. Like in Delhi Belly, I was hanging from a phone and being dragged by a scooter. Now in Go Goa Gone too there is very heavy duty action which hasn't been seen in an Indian film with a backdrop like this. There are guns, bullets and a lot of running around with zombies all around us. When you do that with three other actors for 60 days flat, the battle does get tougher.
Yes, just like it was the case in Delhi Belly where Imran (Khan), Kunal (Roy Kapur) and I hung out together, same was the case with Kunal (Khemmu), Anand (Tiwari) and I as well here. We shared a vanity van, ate together and then lived in rooms next to each other.
How about another 'boy of the gang', Puja Gupta?
Aah, she is a sweetheart. In the film she plays a girl next door and a bit of a tomboy. While Kunal and I are playing these potheads and running helter-skelter, Puja is like this calming and grounding force amidst us.
Well, there is no calm before the storm though even as the film approaches its release. There seems to be some good noise being made well in advance. In fact the common reaction so far is – 'Now where did this film come from'.
Having done a lot of comedy as a stand-up comedian and enjoying a fairly good career so far, my next film after Delhi Belly had to be something. When I went through the script if Go Goa Gone, I got the same feeling as I had got from Delhi Belly. At that point in time, I didn't know whether I would get the same kind of feeling again in my lifetime. You know, zombie and the kind of space that humor belonging to that genre is indeed something. There are funny lines, pothead and clueless characters, and stuff like that. This is the kind of genre that was sold for me.
Considering the fact that this is your release after a gap of two years and you worked on Go Goa Gone for over a year, it must also be a redemption of sorts.
Yes indeed. The promo has worked so well, there are over three million hits already. Songs like 'Slowly Slowly' and 'Khoon Choose Le' have done well and there are more yet to follow. To think of it, the best parts of the film are not even in the promo. There is so much more that is in the offering and yet to be unveiled. I am optimistic that the film would be enjoyed by one and all for sure.