Horror-comedy to become the new flavour of the season replacing adult comedies?

Comedy as a genre is extremely tough to create and more so when you have to dabble with an unexplored territory. We say this because Rohit Shetty’s recently released comic caper ‘Golmaal Again’ very comfortably ventures into the horror-comedy (Horredy) genre. Talking about horredy, it still remains untapped in Hindi cinema, but we have tasted it earlier through ‘Go Goa Gone’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ and ‘Great Grand Masti‘ . But, none of these were out-and-out horror comedies, except for ‘Great Grand Masti’ which veered more towards the s*x comedy genre. Also, it turned out to be a disaster at the box office.

So the sole purpose of us discussing this slightly unfamiliar genre is the hype and frenzy around the newly released flick ‘Golmaal Again’. The franchise has been successful at the box office, but it’s also a first for Rohit Shetty to dabble with horredy. So, it’s quite unusual and unexpected when he decides to consider this theme. As I entered the first day first show of the movie, I instantly realised that it’s houseful and as the scenes unfolded, people whistled and laughed crazily. It was instantly clear that the audience is opening different genres. While, the soul of the movie is it’s situational gags, one cannot ignore the masked yet essential component of horror in the movie. Before it sounds like we are just here to pomp and celebrate the massive opening that the movie registered, let’s get straight to the point. (Also Read: Golmaal Again movie review: Ventures into ‘Horredy’ with humour perfectly in place)

Well, I don’t remember any of the adult comedies which released of late to garner the same level of madness as this one. Filmmakers held a perception that by selling sleazy humour, it’s easy to attract eyeballs and make the viewers giggle. But, the thought process has been changing considerably and the proof lies in the debacle and no-show of movies like ‘Great Grand Masti’, ‘Mastizaade’, ‘Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3’. None of the movies managed to attract viewers and tanked at the box office. Family entertainers like ‘Mubarakan’ and ‘Judwaa 2’ may have got a thumbs up from the audience, but they were not in the horredy genre. So, it’s a first for Bollywood, where we see such a massive response to a movie with the theme of horror-comedy. This definitely raises a pertinent question. High time that horror-comedies should be replaced by  adult comedies ? Will it soon emerge to become the new trend for filmmakers dabbling in the rib-tickling genre? Quite possible… What do you guys think?