'Short Kut' not funny enough (Rating: *)

Film: 'Short Kut - The Con Is On'; Director: Neeraj Vora; Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao; Rating: *

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Film: 'Short Kut - The Con Is On'; Director: Neeraj Vora; Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao; Rating: *

'Short Kut' was not a bad film to begin with. It was probably a terrific idea for a comedy of misguided zeal - a hammy actor, Arshad Warsi, stealing a struggling scriptwriter Akshaye Khanna's great plot and becoming a superstar.


<a href=Shortkut movie review" align="right" hspace="5" vspace="5" />But in the absence of motivated mirth, the comedy just plunges out of control and is navigated entirely by the comic capabilities of Arshad Warsi.


Arshad plays that nightmare of every entertainment industry... He can effortlessly go over the top while hamming.


'Short Kut' was probably an idea that got lost in translation. There are signs of sparkle that fizzle out as the film progresses. Where we expect a torrent of laughter we get a drizzle of mild humour.


Some interludes are no doubt funny...like when during shooting 'superstar' Arshad keeps messing up his line, a cute assistant director finally rolls down by his feet and mumbles the lines in understudied sarcasm.


Where are more such moments in this melee of misapprehended mirth? Where are the satirical jibes at the workings of the Indian film industry that would have elevated the comedy into more than what it finally is? A truncated travesty with very little to recommend except some tongue-in-cheek digs at the cult of megalomaniacal stardom.


The film seems to have been made at a cut-price budget. Posh hotel rooms are suggested with labels pinned on hastily to doors that probably belong to a lodge. The Thai outdoors come on towards the end in a breathless and quite absurd climax on top of a bridge where a starlet falls to her death.


'Short Kut' works neither as burlesque nor high-action.


Ennui is often a poor replacement in the plot for episodic splendour. Arshad Warsi's tongue-in-cheek performance as the cheesy superstar holds the plot together. But not long enough for us to forget that 'Short Kut' is trying to be funny when the characters are far from comfortable in the zany zone that they never quite own.


And what pray are Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor doing in one of the tackiest item songs one has seen in recent times?


The makers of 'Short Kut' don't even know how to spell 'cut' let alone cut the film into a shape that can be considered entertaining, let alone enticing.


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  • Posted on: 27 August 2009 at 8:43pmdesi.girl.01

    promos= good. movie=bad.

  • Posted on: 22 July 2009 at 2:10pmlarki_punjaban

    its true!

    that film is not funny enough! no wonder they show the funniest scnen always in promos and any doubt that the always get flopped!!

  • Posted on: 19 July 2009 at 3:29am123abc123

    although i think u guys are rubbish at film reviewin ^^^ personaly the film doesn tlook gd i wudnt watch but half the others like new york are amazing which u guys sed was rubbish!!

  • Posted on: 14 July 2009 at 1:24amharrysrini22

    SHORTKUT IS WORTH WATCHING GUYS! :)

    SHORTKUT IS A NICE FILM GUYS, RADIO MIRCHI AND FEVER104 AND YAHOO.COM HAS GIVEN IT 3STARS COZ ITS WORTH A WATCH FOR ITS COMEDY AND EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES BY ARSHAD WARSI AMRITA RAO AND AKSHAY KHANNA. THE MOVIE IS 2 FUNNY, U WILL ENJOY IT! AND AS FAR AS CRITICS, THEY GIVE 3 STARS ONLY TO THOSE MOVIES WHOES PRODUCERS FILL THEIR POCKETS!

  • Posted on: 14 July 2009 at 12:43amvenkat1

    Short Kut - The Con Is On

    Akshaye and Arshad have the best lines (not too many to remember) but the dialogues are cheap, referring to women's and men's anatomies and there is a slapstick joke where a champagne cork hits Arshad's sensitive area. The script that Shekhar has written is supposed to be brilliant but from what we see of the film he makes, it's far from brilliant. To know more reviews look at starboxoffice....

  • Posted on: 12 July 2009 at 4:59pmsonia bajwa

    Rediff gave 1 star to Newyork.I dont believe on these reviews.I will watch it for Akshay Khanna.

  • Posted on: 12 July 2009 at 8:57amSanzPaRudholic

    oh well

    i dont know how the movie is...may be i'll watch it later...but sometimes these reviews can be so wrong!

  • Posted on: 12 July 2009 at 12:34am-Sneha

    I agree with NidheyaCole.... IF always gives bad reviews... Why not look at both sides of the coin??... I mean come on, even for films like New York we had a bad review... So what type of film should bring a good one??

  • Posted on: 11 July 2009 at 9:23pmsafeplacetoland

    Why does IF almost always give bad reviews! It was a good movie. I rest my case.

  • Posted on: 11 July 2009 at 8:06pmsidra1993

    Ok guys, lets not say "it was stupid, it was boring, or bad movie!!! Face it, guys, they worked really hard on the movie. so lets say you worked really hard on something then someone randomly says "i don't like it or its stupid. Let me ask you, How would you feel? Think before saying something to someone. You could say it was a nice movie. Ok whatever you are lying. its better to lie rather then hurt someone's feeling. My comments on the movie: great movie. it was a nice try. Keep it up and work more hard to entertain us.

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