Shortcut Romeo ~ Review

Ameesha Patel plays an anti-hero in her comeback film, Shortcut Romeo. Our Bollywood film reviewer, Faisal Saif provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.

What do you do when you suddenly get a powerful remote control by which you have the choice of getting rich quick? What do you do when you see the chances of that remote control being risky?

Shortcut Romeo is all about chances and taking shortcuts to make money quick and achieving the luxury of a rich lifestyle. It is a remake of Tamil money spinner Thiruttu Payale which was also directed by Susi Ganeshan. Shortcut Romeo was also screened at Marche Du Film for Cannes Film Festival in May 2013.

Shortcut Romeo

The film is about Suraj (played by Neil Nitin Mukesh) who is a good for nothing youth loaded with violent attitude. He is sent off from Goa to Mumbai to his uncle’s house.

Suraj chances upon a couple indulging in love making on the lawns of a golf course. He shoots them with his video camera. He then finds out that it is an extramarital affair and that the lovers Monica (played by Ameesha Patel) and Ashish are rich.

Suraj gets the required remote control of becoming rich, the dirty video of Monica making love to her boyfriend. He starts a deadly game of blackmailing Monica.

Monica’s husband Rahul (played by Rajesh Shringarpure) is innocent and doesn’t know what is going on. But Rahul is not as stupid as we believe him to be.

The film is fast paced and a thrilling ride with a great message and entertainment value.
The film has amazing performances by Neil Nitin Mukesh and Ameesha Patel.
Susi Ganeshan delivers his first powerful Bollywood Hindi film which should hit the right chord.
The camera work and production values are amazing. The editing part is little weak.
The music of the film is not the one which will be remembered. However, the background score is good.
Shortcut Romeo is twisted and a powerful film with the right message. Strongly recommended. Review Scores by Faisal Saif

Suraj begins the journey of his most awaited luxurious lifestyle. He goes for a holiday along with his friends with Monica’s money. There he meets a girl Sherry (played by Puja Gupta) and his life changes.

He falls in love with Sherry. He lies to Sherry that he belongs to a good family who are rich. But Monica knows about Suraj and all of his moves. The table gets turned.

A game of blackmailing, betrayal and deceit is about to begin.

I will not reveal the story further as that would ruin your viewing experience. But trust me friends, there are a lot more twists and turns along with the cat and mouse game which will keep you hooked to your seats till the climax.

Neil Nitin Mukesh gives a wonderful power-packed performance as Suraj. After watching the film, you are sure that no other actor could have done justice to this role.

Ameesha Patel is just awesome as Monica. She is sharp, sexy, gorgeous and evil. You cannot afford to take your eyes off her.

Puja Gupta gets a good scope this time and she has performed her part well. Rajesh Shringarpure is very good as the husband who knows what is going on. The rest of the cast are good and effective at the same time.

Susi Ganeshan debuts with this film in Bollywood. Back home in Chennai, he is an award winning film maker and has made some accomplishing films in his body of work.

Shortcut Romeo is also written by him. By this film, the director gives you a clear message that there is no such thing as a shortcut when it comes to earning money.

Only your hard work, honesty and sweat makes you rich. To cut the explanation short, every shortcut has a huge price to pay. The price could be your life too!

Susi Ganeshan brings a wonderful film with a brilliant message which will surely make you think twice even when you have left the auditorium.

The film does have its drawbacks. Especially the dragging love angle between Neil and Puja. But what works here is a fantastic script with powerful performances and ‘killer’ dialogues.

On the musical note, Shortcut Romeo doesn’t have any songs which will be remembered for long. The background score is very good.

The camera work and production values are fantastic and a treat to watch. More editing work was required in some portions though, especially the romantic side of Neil and Puja. The action sequences in the film are breathtaking.

Shortcut Romeo is a twisted, powerful and thrilling entertainer which also has an amazing message and is strongly recommended.

Faisal Saif is our Bollywood film reviewer and Journalist from B-Town. He has huge passion for everything Bollywood and adores its magic on and off screen. His motto is to "Stand unique and tell Bollywood Stories in a Different Way."