SHORT KUT – THE CON IS ON (''Shortcut'' with Bollywood's lucky letter ''k'') is all ''no-brains'' and all fun madcap affairs with array of bankable names to its credits. After the critically acclaimed GANDHI: MY FATHER, actor Anil Kapoor makes a comprehensibly commercial connoisseur move with comical ace Neeraj Vora [PHIR HERA PHERI (2006)] wielding the microphone. To add more spice and glee to this comical thriller, there is the ever dependable trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy along with their favorite lyricist Javed Akhtar leading the musical show. Comedies have hardly been high on their melodic quotient and so expectations are not predictably gargantuan, despite big names in it line-up. Can SEL extreme prowess be able to create another comical magic on big screen? Will this frothy comical caper has the buoyancy of rising ''cut above the rest'' in its league? Let's take a ''shortcut'' to our discussion and plugged on to this concisely packed album…!
In an era of recession, the word ''Money'' seems to be the hardest thing to arrive but catchy music finds another ''funny'' escapade to describe ''shortcut'' to success in eye-catching and ''street-smart'' sounding ''Patli Galli''. Javed Akhtar's sarcastically amusing talks about ''chamchas'' (sycophants) and means of ''shortcut'' of attaining wealth (through chirpy verses) and goes for the hilarious cinematic needs of the flick. Shankar Mahadevan's voice has those modulating tinges that are in tuned with jokingly flavors of the track. SEL may not be in their greatest form with composition that hardly boasts any great histrionics but still has captivating massy flair to make things pompous on big screen. ''Patli Galli (remix)'' is energizer from the first disco rollicking beat and the heavily loaded DJ beats and scratches makes mood booty-shaking for the floors. It's more on mechanics rather than beat-structure rhythms and caters for the discotheque needs.
After hearing titillating ''disco-qawalli'' thrilling maneuvers in the prelude of ''Kyun Hota Hai Dil Deewana'', it becomes clear that SEL are all set to recreate the euphoria of ''Kajra Re'' (BUNTY AUR BABLI). This romantic duet (big surprise!) comes closer to ''Saiyaan Re'' (SALAAM-E-ISHQ) but the quintessentially funky rhythmic pattern of the composition (in both westernized and classical Indian instrumental works) sounds like cousin to the ever popular ''Kajra Re''. Javed Ali is again in vociferous mood and its Shreya Ghoshal shimmering vocals that adds femininity to this massy number. Javed Akhtar's routine ''filmi'' wordings exude out a modest romantic exchange of chirpy wordings through the magnificence of these two leading singers. Gloss, fiction and loads of exotic beach locales are surely to be catalyzing the fate of this number and do expects some really hot dancing and singing when it come racing all the way in theatres.
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.