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Short Kut
Producer: Anil Kapoor
Director: Neeraj Vora
Starring: Akshaye Khanna,Arshad Warsi,Amrita Rao,Simi Garewal,Sanjay Dutt,Chunky Pandey
Music Dir: Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani ,Loy Mendonca

'Short Kut-Con Is On' is the second movie produced by Bollywood's well known actor Anil Kapoor. Earlier, he made 'Gandhi My Father'. Though his debut production is considered a bold one based on an unusual subject, the current movie follows today's experimental trend of the B-Town.

Yes, Gandhi is a world known personality but Anil based his film on a different aspect of Gandhi's life - the relationship of a son with his father. Why did Anil title it 'Short Kut - Con Is On' is a mystery to us?

Anyway, it's his prerogative. Since he admits that his is a remake of a Malayalam film 'Udayananu Tharam', does he mean to call it a shortcut method? However, others allege that Anil's movie is a follow-up of a Hollywood flick named 'Bowfinger'. Hopefully, he doesn't mean calling it a double shortcut method!

Another controversy about the movie involving a cheat case alleged by a producer is however settled in the court by paying a compensation of Rs 3.5 million to the complainant before releasing it this Friday, July 10th is also noteworthy. One doesn't understand why Bollywood's actors-turned-producers are after remakes or mastering the art of copying scripts.

Let's analyse the movie from other angles. The film is Indianized with an additional sub-plot of how a non-actor like Arshad Warsi turns an overnight superstar by stealing the script of an assistant director played by Akshaye Khanna.

Short Kut' has a similar setting with the film based in Bollywood town Mumbai and Akshaye playing the aspiring filmmaker roping in Arshad Warsi to play the lead role and Amrita Rao going ultra glam playing the wannabe actress just like Heather Graham. The movie further unfolds the terms comprising a movie like script, storyboard, Stanislavsky and world cinema in filmmaking.

In the movie, writer Akshaye Khanna's block appears as solving some arithmetic problem. Most often, he screams out: I got my climax. The assistant director gets married to a superstar Mansi played by Amrita Rao! Not only that his chawl colleagues gift him a palatial flat! Alas, in spite of all this, Mansi gives up on her husband because of his chauvinistic attitude.

Then, Akshaye is shown discussing business in a condolence meeting with the wife of the bereaved! Isn't it strange that the chawl residents are ready to invest in his film because his producer is dead. So the production team which has more producers than actors reaches foreign shores where Akshaye starts a film with superstar King Kumar played by Arshad Warsi who continues his part of a non-actor!

Since the director Neeraj Vora is the script writer too, he is to blame for weak script too. Maybe this is the reason why Anil has so titled the movie. Then the producer is fully justified in naming it so. There are several such weaknesses in connecting one incident of the story to another.

The movie doesn't fare very well in respect of music and acting. Though the director makes a lot of efforts to create laughter through his jokes he doesn't meet with success. He fails in making the movie a comedy too. Amrita Rao doesn't succeed in creating oomph.

Arshad Warsi is okay with his part. But Akshaye Khanna continues screaming without any rhyme and reason and Siddharth Randheria only annoys. Ali Asgar in the role of Amrita Rao's brother fails miserably. The same happens with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Though the trio provides peppy tunes, they only sound lousy.


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