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Bollywood Joins The Zombie Apocalypse

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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. 

India's first Zombie Film!

India’s first Zombie Film!

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.”

India's answer to the zombie slayer. Killing dead people is a hard day's work.

India’s answer to the zombie slayer. Killing dead people is a hard day’s work.

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.

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