Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
Was this supposed to be a comedy? If so, why doesn’t the film make you laugh even once? Why do the jokes fall flat? Why are the witty one-liners ekdum pathetic? And why does Arshad Warsi have to pitch in one of his most nerve-wracking performances as the minus-all-morals low life who is infuriatingly blase about stealing scripts and walking over people? And if it isn’t a comedy, it surely couldn’t be a serious take on dosti-dushmani and diabolical friends. Simply because this friendship-turned-sour story doesn’t touch you even once. Then kya? Khaali-peeli time-pass? Nah! Because time doesn’t pass; it literally drags while watching this undefined venture.
Unable to find its groove in either comedy or drama, this film lumbers along unsteadily with a screenplay that lacks direction. And saddled with such uninspiring material, neither of the actors can muster up anything that even remotely resembles a performance.Shortkut isn’t the kind of film that makes you angry. It just leaves you very bored. I’m going with one out of five for director Neeraj Vora’s Shortkut, it’s a long, tiresome journey to nowhere.
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Ratings: 1/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
The basic story of SHORT KUT had the potential to keep your attention arrested. It even starts off well, but runs out of breath soon after. In fact, the graph of the film only goes down as reel after reel unfolds. Actually, it should’ve hit the screens a couple of years ago. That’s because it abounds and relies completely on clichés and which, in turn, makes you break into a big yawn. In short, SHORT KUT is meant to be a comedy, but is actually a tragedy for the viewers. On the whole, SHORT KUT – THE CON IS ON is a poor show all the way. A major disappointment.
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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
At a time when ‘comedies’ seem to have become nothing but a mindless procession of gags, it’s good to see writer Anees Bazmee come up with an actual plot. The points of conflict in Short Kut are authentic, and — thanks to Akshaye Khanna’s stoically solid performance — you do end up feeling for the leading man as he undergoes severe trials and tribulations.Short Kut had the potential to be a genuinely funny one, and while it mostly flubs that promise up throughout, it does manage a few moments. It could really do with a pretty significant re-edit, though
Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
Director Neeraj Vora tries too hard to make you laugh but all the jokes fall flat. Composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy try too hard to come up with peppy tunes which only sound lousy. Chunky Pandey tries too hard to play an acting teacher but needs lessons himself. Amrita Rao tries too hard to look hot but lacks oomph in every possible angle. Arshad Warsi doesn’t have to try too hard to look like a non-actor though. And all that Akshaye Khanna does in the film is scream and shout.Cut every possible path, short or long, leading to this film
Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
Shortkut unfortunately presents a far from convincing picture of the movie business. Most of the characters and situations end up looking over-the-top and caricaturish. Were this movie a brainless spoof, it might still have worked. Sadly Shortkut pretends to be a straight-out-of-life situational comedy.Khanna and Warsi try hard to pump some life into the lifeless screenplay. But a weak script and dull direction mar the potential of an interesting plot.