Saif Ali Khan is in Mauritius posing as a Russian mafia don on a zombie hunt. “I’ve dyed my hair a disgusting blonde while my beard is black. I look like an idiot,” laughs the actor.
Go Goa Gone, his next home production directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, is India’s first horror zombie film, funny in parts with some really scary moments. “We’ll take it to international horror festivals. There are no limits in terms of language and visuals that will fry your mind,” he says. “We’re prepared for an A certificate, even a double A.”
Native residents from Goa and Mauritius are being made up to look like zombies, “The amazing make-up and prosthetics are going to scare the crackers out of everyone,” he asserts, admitting that zombies are not a classically popular genre, but have a cult following.
“In our film, they’re afflicted by a virus. So while they can’t fly or outrun humans, they can’t be killed unless you hit the part of their brain that’s still alive. Meanwhile, they go around biting people and turning them into zombies. It’s fun pushing the envelope with such concepts.”
Saif’s just-released Cocktail is doing well and he admits he’s surprised. “I’d expected Agent Vinod to be the successful entertainer while Cocktail, though exciting, was the small movie. Turns out I got it backwards,” he smiles, adding,
“Even my mother (Sharmila Tagore) liked my performance, though Deepika (Padukone) and Diana (Penty) had the author-backed roles. I’m not part of the elite Rs 100 crore club yet since none of my films have got those numbers. I don’t know if Cocktail will take me there, but it’s washed away my past failed films.”