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In global news, Indian filmmakers have decided to jump on the zombie craze that is sweeping the world like a plague – but a good plague, as far as I’m concerned. In an attempt to attract younger audiences, Bollywood is producing its first three Hindi zombie films: Rise of the Zombie (directed by Luke Kenny and Devaki Singh) was released April 5, Go Goa Gone, a zombie comedy – “zom-com” if you will – to be released in May, and then Rock the Shaadi later this year. Rock the Shaadi will be accompanied by a graphic novel.
Rise of the Zombie is the first in a planned trilogy. Director Kenny, who also stars in the film as a wildlife photographer who becomes one of the living dead, is excited for the new direction of Bollywood, saying, “We’ve been wanting to make something like this within the Hindi film industry setup, and we realized that within the horror film genre, nobody has ever touched the zombie genre.” Indeed, the few horror films Bollywood has done in the past have featured ghosts and the afterlife, both of which are common in Hindu mythology. India doesn’t have a tradition of zombie folklore, so the filmmakers have faced the challenge of educating Indian audiences about the zombie concept – though younger audiences versed in Hollywood films should be quick to jump on board. The filmmakers have also tried to give the film international appeal and make the movie as realistic as possible despite a limited budget. After all, they’re hoping that this exploration of the undead will bring a spark of life back into the fading art of Bollywood – only a bit of a pun intended – and Kenny is optimistic: “My producers and I realize that there is a market there for films that are in this genre, and that market will only grow.”
The two later films are also hoping this genre will catch on in India. Go Goa Gone features Saif Ali Khan, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, as a faux-Russian zombie hunter. The trailer has reached 2.3 million hits since March (and I have to say, despite the language barrier for some of it, it looks quite amazing). Hopefully, these zombie flicks will be the perfect present for Indian cinema as it celebrates 100 years of filmmaking.
In January, I wrote a response to the Jonathan Levine film Warm Bodies, based purely on the trailers and what I had heard about the book. Well, now I have seen this film and can say that the trailers were not misleading, and what’s more they didn’t give all the jokes away (one of my biggest pet peeves with comedy trailers). Warm Bodies is, in essence, a snarky zombified adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, a Shakespeare play that I’ve always thought was overrated, but for the sake of Warm Bodies, it works quite well. (This article contains broad plot related spoilers.)
A friend of mine recently introduced me to the Jonathan Levine film Warm Bodies, coming out on February 1st. When she first told me about the movie, I was skeptical. Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, the film follows one of the zombies that now populate the world as he struggles to connect with someone despite his living impairment.