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Shortcut Romeo chooses a very long route to get to his destination. The story is so incredibly packed with twists and turns that the movie feels far longer than its 2.5 hours.
As such, the story premise is interesting. Neil Nitin Mukesh plays a guy who takes the shortcut to riches. He blackmails a rich married woman and her boyfriend by videotaping them making out. She plays along till he falls in love and then she uses that against him. He retaliates with another movie. It’s like a game of chess (and at one time literally so, when Neil runs laps around the racecourse like a horse, with goons in tow, who fall down tired one by one) with both the blackmailer and the victim planning moves and counter moves.
The movie would have been far more absorbing had they not decided to stick in an advertorial for Kenya, some random songs and some loopy loops like the South Indian detective (why? Did he pay to do the role?) that make no sense. Though I must say that the Kenya piece was far more interesting that some parts of the movie that degenerate very badly before the Director stops drinking , sobers up and gets the story back on track (like Vrajesh Hirjee playing a Gujju Kenyan businessman).
Neil plays a dark character and he does bad well. When he turns into a good guy he looks abject and his voice sounds like someone singing a sad Mukesh song in the local train. Ameesha Patel proves definitively once and for all that she cannot act. To make it worse, apart from that one steamy scene she is more or less fully dressed so there is nothing to distract us from her poor acting skills. The heroine, Puja Gupta who plays the love interest has gorgeous skin and beautiful cat eyes and lends some charm to the movie.
Shortcut Romeo had great potential to be a mean thriller with the plot twists it envisages. Unfortunately, what you get is a game of chess mixed up with Temple Run. And that, my dears, is the shortcut to boredom.