Saif is free of charge!

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By HT

Mumbai, May 10 -- Saif Ali Khan is so passionate about his new zombie film that he waived off his remuneration. Director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK say ensured the film was made within a tight budget.

"The production cost of Go Goa Gone is R10 crore, and along with print and publicity, it goes up to R16 crore. If Saif charged his usual fee, the budget would've been something else," reveals Krishna DK, one of the directors.

Saif usually receives remuneration even for films that are his own productions, but this time, he chose to forego it. Actors Vir Das and Kunal Khemu too have worked at discounted fees. Since the directors knew they were venturing into uncertain territory with the genre of the film, they preferred to tweak it into a low-budget comedy. "It's a risk to introduce a brand new subject, even though it's been packaged well with lots of humour. The film has a very mainstream appeal now," says Raj, the other half of the director duo.

The co-directors accept that hardcore zombie films are yet to find appeal among Indian cinemagoers, which is why it was wise to get Saif on board to help reach a wider audience. "A hardcore zombie film wouldn't appeal to us or the audience, because I don't think there's much to offer. So comedy seemed like a terrific idea, and having Saif as the face of the movie helps us reach out to a lot more people than we would expect otherwise," admits Nidimoru. The film hits theatres this Friday.

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