Short Kut Hindi Movie Review— Take the Shortkut to the EXIT!

mr-inkentiWith ShortKut as the third box-office disaster I am now wishing the producer-multiplex strike was never resolved. During the strike Hindi movie single screens across Hyderabad brought back blockbusters from the past and you could atleast enjoy these films. Now that the strike is resolved (i am not sure of the terms though) we-the audience are again being subjected to one pathetic film after another; first New York, then Kambaqkkht Ishq and now ShortKut. With big names from the Comedy Sector behind this film, I thought ShortKut might at least provide some good laughs, but every aspect of ShortKut—The Con Is On is pathetic and the proceedings will only irritate you.

Shekar (Akshaye Khanna) is a sincere assistant director (to Neeraj Vohra himself) and wants to make the transition to becoming a director. For some untold reason to the audience he is considered a “genious”. Raju (Arshad Warsi) is a hopeless and useless actoshortKutPosterr who only wants to become a Star by shortkut and not by hardwork as opposed to Shekar. Mansi (Amrita Rao) is a super star heroine and Shekar’s lover, but Shekar wants to marry her only after making it big. Shekar apparently develops a super-duper-hit script (no, we don’t get to hear any part of this script), but Raju steals it and makes it in to a movie even before Shekar begisn shooting and becomes a star ovenight. Following this, Shekar is totally dejected, Mansi quits the industry and announces her marriage to him in front of the media, Shekar then develops heavy inferiority complex, takes to drinks, shouts at his wife, wife leaves the house and goes back to movies, and Shekar decides to go back to director with Raju as the hero. By this time Raju is the most annoying actor on this planet.

By this time it is interval and you actually strongly begin to consider leaving the theater. But, the moviebuffs that we are the hope that something will happen is there. However, as the second half rolls you are in disbeielf as to how pathetic the story is. Sorry, there is no stroy. On the eve of the shooting commencement Shekar’s producer dies and his basti friends decide to sell their basti to a mall and use that money to produce his film! And thus, all go to Bangkong and the proceedings just get more and more irritating with no end in sight. Even though my brother-in-law and I were enjoying the sofa seat, digital print, dts sound, and AC at Sensation Insomnia, we looked at each other and just got up and left. I don’t know how the film ended and I don’t really care.

This is a remake of a Malyalam film, but still the adaption deverses an award for the worst. Neeraj Vohra (yup, the guy behind most of Priyadarshan’s laugh-riots), the director and Anees Bazmee (yup, the No Entry, Welcome guy), the story and screenplay have done a supremely pathetic job. I wonder how Anil Kapoor, who earlier produced Gandhi My Father accepted this nonsense. Arshad Warsi can retire becaues his typical acting style is now officially irritating. Amrita Rao must have offered Anil Kapoor that she will produce the songs because only then will she be allowed to place lousy songs at odd times in the film to show her new let-me-show-you-my-breasts-and-back avatar. She looks stupid in the new get-up. Why the reference to her as Super Star Mansi?—she doesn’t even look like one and the director totally fails in showing her like one. And why this transformation?—the half-naked avatar only works when the songs are super-hits. The first song with Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt is just idiotic and pops up out of no where. Her face too has lost the beauty she had in some of her earlier films. Akshaye Khanna is the only guy who manages to put up a decent performance in spite of such a bad script. The music is lousy and the comedy is irritating.

Mr. Inkenti’s Movienomics Verdict: Two Thumbs Down! If you care for you hard earned money and valuable time, you will avoid this movie. A total flop.



  1. Sandeep Rai said

    i saw shortcut twice. once with my girlfriend and nextday with my parents and sister. I think the movie is a fantastic comedy and something that the whole family can enjoy. It was a paisa wasool movie.

  2. Naren said

    The movie is total crap. Sandeep, i know this guy as he is my friend, he is totally retarded just like his girlfriend. There is no surprise that he liked this film. This film is meant only for Morons and losers who have nothing better to do in life. Please avoid inflicting torture…don’t watch this movie. I too went for it with my girlfriend and walked out…

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