Rating: 2/5 stars (Two Stars)
Director: Susi Ganeshan
What’s Good: Neil’s Romeogiri, the climax and the never failing action element of the film.
What’s Bad: A stale and overdramatic treatment of an ordinary story.
Loo break: A couple of times.
Watch or Not?: Susi Ganeshan’s Bollywood meets Tamil film version is rugged but an awfully flat feat. Shortcut Romeo is conspicuously missing in any jump-in-the-seat moments! Often ridiculous, the film is worth a watch only for its picturesque locales and pulsating action!
A rowdy urchin from Goa, brimming with confidence on his manipulative skills survives by taking shortcuts in life. He makes it big by blackmailing a rich cheating wife by gathering evidence against her. With that the two tussle on for being the more domineering one and overpower the other.
Who succeeds this battle – the man who likes the easy way out or the wife who is on a guilt trip?
Shortcut Romeo Review: Script Analysis
Susi Ganeshan’s Tamil flick Thiruttu Payale already has an established fan base, however, Shortcut Romeo misses to translate its quirky soul. The story comes across a baseless and pointless chase game between infidel wife and blackmailer without humor or energy! The friction between Neil and Ameesha lacks the adequate force. There is no tension in the film’s flow and doesn’t have the needed dramatic blaze between its characters. The cheesy and sleazy narrative botches up the film’s mood which is what fails Shortcut Romeo!
Shortcut Romeo Review: Star Performances
Neil Nitin Mukesh, an actor whose performance will make you yearn for more, is surely made for better films. Packed with potential, he is made for greater roles than this. I don’t see why is he wasting himself so easily.
Puja Gupta is a smooth eye candy but acting wise she isn’t impactful enough.
Ameesha Patel’s face deceives the role. She is terrible as the plotting, cheating wife is an absolute misfit.
Shortcut Romeo Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects
Susi Ganeshan’s understanding of cinema can’t be questioned. But, the man’s feeble experience of Bollywood shows his lack of expertise over making Hindi films and hence he made a film so much below his regular standard of work. The film stenches of familiar formula and its unrefined ambiance is a let down. The film’s music is a spoof except for Salaam Dua and its songs pop up at the most random moments. The screenplay which lacks the edgy nature that should come complimentary with a thriller is somber and dull. For such films one should want to sit up and whistle but alas that idea doesn’t pass your head at all.
Shortcut Romeo Review: The Last Word
Shortcut Romeo is a disappointing film if you go with rocketing expectations. Wasting Neil’s powerhouse caliber, Susi Ganeshan doesn’t do justice to the genre of thrillers by delivering something this bland which cannot provoke out any excitement. Despite a novel message on non materialism, this one is a product of insincere execution. I am settling for a 2/5. With soaring action, a punctured script and sagging thrills, this one puts up a deflated show!
Shortcut Romeo Trailer
Shortcut Romeo released on 21th June, 2013.
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