The Dead 2: India
|The Dead 2: India|
|Directed by||Howard J. Ford|
|Produced by||Howard J. Ford|
Amir S. Moallemi
|Written by||Howard J. Ford|
Anand Krishna Goyal
|Music by||Imran Ahmad|
Road Trip Pictures
|Distributed by||Anchor Bay Entertainment|
The Dead 2: India is a zombie horror film released in 2013. It is a sequel to, and follows up on the events of The Dead (2010). The Dead 2: India was produced by Road Trip Pictures in association with Latitude Films, directed by the Ford brothers, and stars Joseph Millson, Meenu Mishra, and Anand Krishna Goyal. In this movie, the action is set in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Maharashtra. The Dead 2: India had its world premiere at Film 4 FrightFest, held at London's Empire Leicester Square, on 22 August 2013, and was the opening film at Film 4 FrightFest.
A ship from Somalia docks at Mumbai, India. As the workers disembark, one is seen to be infected. He picks up his pay and then disappears into the crowd unnoticed. His coming to India triggers a zombie infestation. Meanwhile, American Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson), a turbine engineer, works at a wind farm in Rajasthan, 30 kilometers from Jaipur. Nicholas is in a long-distance relationship with an Indian woman, Ishani Sharma (Meenu), from Mumbai. Ishani's parents are aware of her relationship with Nicholas and do not approve of it.
Ishani goes to a hospital for a check up and sees lots of people with bite wounds. Meanwhile, as he is working atop a wind turbine, Nicholas sees a family evacuate their home in hurry. Ishani phones Nicholas and informs him that she is pregnant, and she is worried about her safety with the incidents happening on the streets.
Nicholas phones his friend Max, who is aware of the fighting in the streets, but believes it to be fighting among two communities. Nicholas soon has his first encounter with the zombies and phones Ishani, promising to come for her. He phones Max again, who informs him that American citizens are being evacuated from India and asks him to show up at either New Delhi or Mumbai to escape from India. Nicholas instead keeps his promise to Ishani, going back to get her. He soon realizes that the dead are coming back to life. By the time Nicholas finishes his phone call, he is surrounded by zombies and gets trapped in a paragliding institute. Unable to get back to his jeep, he paraglides off the building to safety.
Nicholas crash lands in a village and rescues an orphan named Javed (Anand Goyal) from zombies. Javed turns out to be a guide, and he offers to help Nicholas reach Mumbai. They take a car from the house of a dead local tour operator; Javed injures his hand in the process. They reach a military checkpoint and see military personnel killing people with wounds, so Nicholas and Javed take another route through the mountains, having to ditch their car after an accident on the road. They soon find a motorbike and hit the road again.
Meanwhile, the conditions in Mumbai are deteriorating rapidly. Ishani's mother is bitten and she is dying. Ishani's father, a preacher, starts believing that the end is near. The father and daughter bond again with death so near. Javed and Nicholas stop for food and their motorbike is stolen by a desperate man. Now on foot, they walk through the desert. Javed is rescued by the Indian Army and is separated from Nicholas. Nicholas finds the stolen bike and rides all the way to Mumbai.
Ishani's father gets bitten, and Nicholas finally reaches her house. Ishani's father now realizes that Nicholas truly loves his daughter. He allows them to go and stays behind to succumb to his wounds. Nicholas and Ishani reach a camp set up by the military where they find Javed. The camp is bombed by the military, and the camp building collapses. The movie ends with Nicholas, Javed and Ishani trapped with their fates unknown.
- Joseph Millson as Nicholas Burton
- Anand Krishna Goyal as Javed
- Meenu Mishra as Ishani Sharma
- Poonam Mathur as Ishani's Mother
- Sandip Datta Gupta as Ishani's father
The reviews for the film were mixed to negative. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes has not certified the film yet, but as of April 17, 2015, the audience score stands at 31%. At Internet Movie Database, the film received an average score of 5.1 out of 10.
The production encountered few problems, most of the extras used for playing zombies were not proficient in English. The filmmakers had to use translators to explain things to the extras. Joseph Millson also mentioned that they did not get a permit from the Indian Government to shoot the movie in India.