Jun 21 2013

Shortcut Romeo- Movie Review

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Shortcut Romeo posterGoing to watch a movie knowing it’s going to be stupid is kind of fun by itself but not when you have to go alone to a multiplex and spend 300 bucks on it! Ouch! Here’s my take on Neil Nitin Mukesh’s Thromance (Thriller-Romance) film Shortcut Romeo.

Suraj (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is a brat who steals and fleeces people to live a rich life without having to work for it. After getting thrown out of his house, he lands up at his uncle’s place in Mumbai. On a random day he discovers two a Golf Course where he records a video of a rich lady (Ameesha Patel) and an instructor making love. In order to make quick bucks, he threatens Ameesha Patel to let him use her money freely as and when he likes. Things change for the worse when he’s with his friends in South Africa and realises she’s not an easy person to mess with.

I want to know what director Susi Ganesh was thinking! I would say that broadly the concept is interesting and with a little more attention to the story and screenplay, a good thriller could have been made. But there are too many things that make it a blunder film. The screenplay with its many twists and turns is all over the place. There is no flow or smooth transition from one scene to the next. It seems disjointed and amateurish. There are so many shots with a chroma screen behind that you can literally see how fake the set up is. The cinematography by N.K. Ekambram is brilliant but only in the scenes shot in South Africa.  Neil Nitin Mukesh is more like “Needs-a-haircut-Romeo”. Ameesha Patel looks good but poor thing had to do most of her scenes in a terrace-sized balcony. Superb locations in South Africa and gorgeous indoor sets otherwise!

The background score is fantastic! Do not miss the horse background sound at the time when NNM is chased by gundas at a racecourse and he tires them out by running almost 5 laps before the action begins. Pointless? Haha! The music by Himesh Reshammiya is catchy but forgettable. Again, the random flow of events with songs added in the middle spoil whatever interest level Mr. Susi tries to create.

Neil Nitin Mukesh’s performance is ok. He’s just not there yet. Ameesha Patel looks very good but I wish she could act that well too. She has the potential and I think she’d do great at negative roles. Puja Gupta looks hot in the first half and ok in the second. She can barely act. Vrajesh Hirjee is annoying and he just made the film ten times worse with his presence!

Shortcut Romeo is far from entertaining. Waste of money and time!

Rating– 2/5

 

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Jan 25 2013

Race 2- Movie Review

Roochster

Race 2 posterRace came years ago and everyone enjoyed it. Was Race 2 as good? You’re just about to find out.

So, Saif Ali Khan is back in another race for money and love and this time he’s got new competition. Deepika Padokone, Jacqueline Fernandes and John Abraham. They decided not to include Bipasha Basu in this one because Abbas Mustan wanted to cast Johnny boy. Anil Kapoor and his dumb assistant Ameesha Patel are also there to make the film lighter with their double meaning pjs.

The director duo Abbas Mustan is slowly losing it. With the attempt of making it filled with twists and turns, the movie only gets longer and a little pakao. Sure, the film is well styled in all respects and has the shine of a freshly cut diamond but the story and sense the film should have lacks a bit. It clearly isn’t as good as Race.

The actors in the film are all average. I wouldn’t say anyone’s performance is very good. Anil Kapoor and Ameesha Patel are good but have such cheesy lines that they get annoying after a while. Saif Ali Khan looks his age now with his hair gelled back. His entry scene with him walking out of the water like a young stud boy didn’t help one bit! Deepika Padukone and Jacqueline Fernandes look hot with all their sexy outfits revealing their legs and cleavage. Add John Abraham to that list. He’s smoking hot! 😛

The songs are decent and can be danced to. Thank you Pritam! The songs ‘Beintehaan’ and ‘Party on my mind’ are the best in my opinion.

Race 2 as a movie has been disappointing albeit a little entertaining thanks to the 2 and a half  hour fashion show.

Rating– 2.5/5

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