Short Kut - The Con Is On Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film | Comedy
Shortkut has a few laughs in store but not enough to deserve the price of your ticket.
Jul 10, 2009 By Ashok Nayak

Shortkut - The Con is On, not just has a 'con' in its title, but also tries to 'con' the viewers with a script that is inspired by a Hollywood cult classic of the late 90's Bowfinger. Further research confirms the fact that this Neeraj Vohra directed film is a remake of Udayananu Tharam, a South India movie starring Mohanlal. Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao and Chunkey Pandey star in this Anil Kapoor produced comedy.

'Shortkut - The Con Is On', is about the trials and tribulations of Raju ( Arshad Warsi) and Shekar (Akshaye Khanna) who dream to make it big in Bollywood. Shekar with immense focus manages to write an interesting script but to his misfortune his script gets stolen. Raju, an aspiring non-actor who stole the script, to his luck shoots to instant fame as an actor.

Things take an interesting turn when reigning actress Mansi's (Amrita Rao) decides to marry Shekar. Just when Shekar decides to direct his first film, he comes face-to-face with then superstar Raju and decides to cast him as his hero. What follows is the clash of egos as the reel unfolds into wacky situations...

What do you expect when two exceptionally talented actors, come together in a comedy; Brilliant performances, great chemistry and nothing short of perfect comic timing..? And this, is only possible if, the characters in the script demand histrionics worthy of their talent. Tragically, writer Anees Bazme neither provides the opportunity for the stars to shine, nor do the characters work on screen. What's even more disappointing is Neeraj Vohra's direction, with every reel that unfolds, this cinematic experience begins to worsen.

Shortkut isn't the kind of movie that you should try finding logic in, yet some sequences are absurd. Some scenes make you cringe in your seats, particularly the climax. Some of the characters just add to the runtime, including that of the female lead. The needless songs extend your boredom.

On to the positives, the only character that leaves a smile on your face while bearing a striking similarity to Paresh Rawal's Baburao Ganpatrao Apte, is that of Haider Ali. Akshaye Khanna is a consistent performance and he manages to impress once again. Arshad Warsi hams in the second half. Amrita Rao joins the growing list of actresses, trying to look hot and sexy, which is fine but its high time they also realize how inconsequential their role in such films actually is. Chunkey Pandey is funny.

To sum up, Shortkut has a few laughs in store but not enough to deserve the price of your ticket. It lacks the entertainment value, which you expect from a movie written by Anees Bazmee and directed by Neeraj Vohra. Not to forget the male leads. Very Disappointing.

Ashok Nayak