Director: Neeraj Vora
Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao
Storyline: Struggling filmmaker must make a film with an old friend
who stole his script and became a Superstar overnight
Bottomline: The film itself is emblematic of the conflict in it –
For a film that’s supposed to be a satire on how the film industry works and what it takes to protect your vision from the big bad world of formula, Shortkut ends up an extremely dishonest film. But yes, it is passably entertaining too.
Right from stealing the tagline and the climax from ‘Bowfinger: The Con Is On,’ ‘Shortkut: The Con Is On’ is one big con job and more so if you’ve seen any of the earlier versions it is based on – Bowfinger (where a struggling filmmaker makes his film despite all odds and Hollywood conventions), Udayanaanu Thaaram (where a struggling filmmaker makes his film despite all odds and Malayalam film industry conventions), Vellithirai (where a struggling filmmaker makes his film despite all odds and Tamil film industry conventions).
Apparently, the filmmakers did not credit the original writer-director Roshan Andrews (who wrote the Malayalam version) for story after buying the rights to the film. Roshan ought to be pleased with that because this movie does not have half the heart of the earlier films.
Also, it helps to NOT have a legal notice in your hands just in case the studio that produced Bowfinger finds out about the copyright infringement of their official tagline.
So, apart from the inspired making and production aspects, what’s
wrong with Shortkut?