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 Shortcut Romeo

 Amisha Patel,Neil Mukesh

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 hindi

 2012-10-07
 
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Starring: Neil Nitin Mukesh,Ameesha Patel,Puja Gupta
Director: Susi Ganesh

There are two ways of doing a full-on masala film. You either turn it on its head and poke fun at ridiculous cinematic conventions. Or you treat the stereotypical characters and sacred cows of our cinema with full seriousness.

"Shortcut Romeo" takes the midway route. It seems so full of the old-world formulistic flavour and the stench of the familiar that parts of the pulsating aggressive storytelling actually feel like a spoof.

So, we have the film's unfaithful wife Monica (Ameesha Patel) and her slimy lover (Jatin Garewal) making out in a golf turf and it is beyond logical explanation why an affluent couple, who could afford the poshest of duplex to meet, would choose such a spot.

And then the lover tells the unfaithful wife, "First time when you do it (cheat in a marriage) you feel bad. Then it becomes your style."

Er, how stylish! Come again?

But please don't laugh. First-time Hindi director Susi Ganesan is dead serious. The film shot at the speed of sound is filled with bizarre twists and turns. It's basically the story of a woman who cheats on a saintly tycoon of a husband (effectively played by Rajesh Shringapure) who has a massive portrait of Rabindranath Tagore in his bedroom, and a cheesy blackmailer named Suraj (Neil Nitin Mukesh), who believes in taking risky short-cuts to get rich.

This is not the first film about a cheating wife and a blackmailer. Reena Roy and Naseeruddin Shah had done the roles with heart-stopping tension in "Bezubaan". "Shortcut Romeo" scores in the way the the plot paces out its drama in the ongoing friction between the cheating wife and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
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