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Shortcut Romeo Review

Critic Score 37

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Average- 7

Bad- 7

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Indicine | Indicine Team

Susi Ganesh is entrusted with the task of re-directing his 2006 Tamil film ‘Thiruttu Payale’ and logic says that if a person is directing the same film two times over, he’d learn from his previous mistakes. But that’s not what happens here. The loopholes, the crazy twists, are still there. Susi even appears in a cameo as a detective. Now, the ones who were criticizing Deepika’s thick accent in Chennai Express, please hear Susi’s Hindi and you’d know that Deepika got it right! Susi makes you want to leave the theatre with his hammy acting.

30

Not Recommended
 
 

Critics Reviews

 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

Bad idea, Ganesan. Even worse is the director himself showing up in the second-half as the cheated husband's detective-friend. Ganesan's accent is so thick, it slices the gamboling narration into smithereens. At least for a while. But then again the film gathers momentum towards the end-game. The finale is a breathless whammy with Neil making a run for his freedom, quite literally, with the narrative panting behind him.

60

Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | Madhureeta Mukherjee

Neil performs well as always, he looks good (he needs to tone down his physicality for such roles) and proves that actors like him need better scripts to justify their true potential. Ameesha is competent in her evil element. Puja makes a pretty picture with little scope to perform.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

Susi is an accomplished storyteller, no two opinions on that. His handling of a complex subject deserves immense praise. Besides, he ensures that the film bears an affluent, striking look all through. Aiding him in giving the film a rich luster is the DoP, who captures the scenic locales of South Africa dexterously on celluloid. Himesh Reshammiya's music gels well with the mood of the film. 'Khali Salaam Dua' is easily the pick of the lot. Action is, generally, okay, but the one in Masai Mara is top notch. Dialogue are a mixed bag.

60

Recommended
 
 
Koimoi | Mohar Basu

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

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

You can understand Ameesha Patel saying yes to something like this because clearly she isn't flooded with offers. But why is Mukesh so desperate? I'm not getting into what happens next. Suffice it to say, I wasn't feeling very smart when I left the theatre after two and a half hours of this drivel.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Paloma Sharma

Despite the promise that the film takes off with, the plot eventually starts losing its wings mid-way and you start to wish that there was a shortcut out of its 147 minute long run-time.

Neil Nitin Mukesh takes a cue from his Johnny Gaddar days and reminds us why he fits so well into the thriller genre, playing the small-time crook trying to hit a big jackpot with not much effort and a particularly diabolic glint in his eye.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Mumbai Mirror | Karan Anshuman

The film tries so hard to be slick, you wonder that if it was shot in a realistic manner with real characters, it'd might have worked. Instead the movie is replete with pathetic production values. A world tour is clumsily green-screen'd against images of famous landmarks, songs are shot on a helipad that is a set, and there are one too many low-angle shots of actors framed against tree-tops. If you don't have money, don't make a film about money.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
IBNLive | Shomini Sen

Lack of a good script, a loose screenplay, predictable twists and horrible editing makes 'Shortcut Romeo' literally an ordeal to watch. Songs are forced into the narrative, the actors try hard to emote but fail miserably and even the director, who makes a cameo, can't salvage this lost cause.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
India Today | Vinayak Chakravorty

Shortcuts rarely pay off. Susi Ganesh probably overlooked the fact. The writer-director who has made a mark in Tamil films tries a quickfix debut in Bollywood by translating one of his old hits (Thiruttu Payale) into Hindi. While the Madras Cut is very much hot in Hindi films right now, Ganesh probably forgot the formula only works in Bollywood if it flaunts a top star.

50

Average Movie
 
 
DNA India | Tushar Joshi

Ameesha looks like she is stuck in her Kaho Na Pyaar Hai days and her make up and styling seems frozen in time. Neil has an earnest approach to his role, but is unfortunately marred by  poor writing that you can't help but feel sorry for him. He is a thinking actor and we hope that his future work reflects his sensibilities. Puja Gupta is endearing and easy on the eyes. Same can't be said about the supporting cast of Vrajesh hirjee whose racist jokes on comparing the Masai Mara women with Sheila and Munni are utterly distasteful.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

There isn't a doubt why one sees Ameesha Patel doing a film such as this but to see Neil in a film like this is quite a disappointment. The actor surely is capable of better films. Puja Gupta too doesn't get utilized well in the film.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Mid-Day India | Shakti Shetty

Neil Nitin Mukesh, after exhibiting craft in his last few outings, is sorely wasted as a guy who would do anything — other than work — to earn money. None of the two actresses in the lead role inspire much beyond fancy. For someone who was almost flawless in a challenging movie like 'Gadar: Ek Prem Katha', Ameesha Patel resorts to hamming here. Without her makeup, Puja Gupta comes across as a better actress.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Dailybhaskar

True, the film has large loopholes to be filled and it does sound illogical and irrational at more points than one (Especially, Himmesh Reshammiya's songs which pop out of the blue without any need, desire or want) Ganesan still manages to pull the strings and the thriller miraculously  stays constantly one step ahead of the audience.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Filmfare | Devesh Sharma

The performances somewhat redeem the hole-ridden storyline. Neil Nitin Mukesh acts his heart out as the quick-witted cad who loves to play the cat-and-mouse game with his victim. Ameesha Patel too keeps within her character as the lustful housewife. Her character could have been explored more. She could have been more badass but sadly the director tamed down her seductress avatar into a repentant soul instead. Puja Gupta hasn’t got much to do but makes a good job of looking pretty. Susi Ganeshan makes a cameo as a private investigator and his thick accent could have acted as a buffer against the 30-feet waves at Marine Drive.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

At the end of the movie, you wonder why you did not walk out within the first 20 minutes.

As banally as the story above is narrated (read review written), so is the movie. Ridiculous. I guess, some producers have found a shortcut to spending money!

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Movietalkies | Joginder Tuteja

Just when one thought that Shortcut Romeo was going haywire, the last 15-20 minutes bring the film back on track. A couple of murders that take place in this part of the film leave you surprised, if not shocked. In fact this is one part of the film where you do feel for the characters. The ending is just right too, hence ensuring that the film has a talking point at the least. Action sequence leading to the climax is intelligent as well.

50

Average Movie
 
 

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