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Movie Review : Shortkut - The Con Is On

 Shortkut - The Con Is On
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Starring :
 Neeraj Vora
 Javed Akhtar
 Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao, Simi Garewal, Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor and Chunky Pandey

Shortkut - The Con Is On Movie Review

July 10, 2009 7:33:46 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
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After a serious, thought-provoking GANDHI MY FATHER, Anil Kapoor as a producer takes a SHORT KUT to filmmaking and ends up doing the very thing he is preaching against. There is no short cut to success is what the film tries to tell the audience. Good thought, but how the writers and directors did not understand this very message is not understood. Without a tight script and interesting plots, how can you make a film? Just a few songs with lots of colour and Anil himself coming in the frame with Sanjay Dutt do not guarantee success. Or were they actually trying to be Bollywood?!


Set in Bollywood, the film is on Bollywood where everyone takes a pot shot at the film industry and the way it functions. Of late, there has been a deluge of such films, LUCK BY CHANCE and KHOYA KHOYA CHAND being the recent ones.

For a story, there is Akshaye Khanna and Arshad Warsi. Both are friends and strugglers in the film industry. One is a struggling assistant director and the other a struggling actor. Struggling actor robs struggling director's script and gives it to a producer who casts him in the lead. Struggling director had already taken an advance for his script from another producer. To cut the long story short, the film is a hit and Arshad is a star overnight while Akshaye is livid. Amrita Rao is a star who marries Akshaye and later splits because he does not want anyone to say he got success because of his wife.

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Producer who had cast Arshad in his film is grateful to Akshaye because the latter did not sue him. He gives him a chance to direct but the hero has to be Arshad. At first, he refuses, and then he agrees. Arshad gives Akshaye a tough time. However, film is completed. And the one who took a SHORT KUT to fame (Arshad) finds himself sidelined in the film, while another extra makes the grade! Whew!!!

Amrita gets a chance to change into glamorous outfits. Arshad is good in patches while Akshaye is let down by a very poor script.

Perhaps, it could have been a favour he was doing the makers by acting in it. You know, how it is in Bollywood... that is what they are telling us in this movie.

Rating - 1/5

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