Shortcut Romeo

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Shortcut Romeo
Directed by Susi Ganeshan
Produced by Manjari Susi Ganesh
Screenplay by Susi Ganeshan
Story by Susi Ganeshan
Starring Neil Nitin Mukesh
Ameesha Patel
Puja Gupta
Music by Himesh Reshammiya
Cinematography N. K. Ekambaram
Editing by Dilip Deo
Hardik Singh Reen
Studio Susi Ganesh Productions
Release dates
  • 21 June 2013 (2013-06-21)
Running time 146 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR150 million (US$2.5 million)[2]
Box office 20 million

Shortcut Romeo is an Indian action crime thriller film directed and produced by Susi Ganeshan, under the banner of Susi Ganesh Productions. It is the Hindi remake of the director's own Tamil film Thiruttu Payale (2006), starring Neil Nitin Mukesh in the title role with Puja Gupta as his love interest, and Ameesha Patel in a negative character. The theatrical trailer of Shortcut Romeo was unveiled on 25 January 2013.[3][4] The film was screened at Marche du Film at Cannes Film Festival on 22 May 2013.[5] It released on 21 June 2013 to a largely mixed critical reception.[6]


Suraj (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is a good-for-nothing youth who throws his weight around his house with his violent attitude. One day, in a fit of rage, he injures his younger brother, following which 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 records this act on a video camera. He then finds out that it is an extramarital affair and that the lovers, Monica (Ameesha Patel) and Ashish, are rich. Despite Monica offering large sums of money for the tape, Suraj refuses to part with it. His demand is much greater. He wants an assurance from her that she will provide him a luxurious life.

Monica has no choice; she succumbs to Suraj's blackmail and Suraj foots his holiday in Kenya along with his friends. Monica tries to outsmart Suraj at every stage. Suraj meets Sherry (Puja Gupta) a rich but lonely girl and falls in love with her. That's when he begins to realize that there are things more important than money in life. The cat and mouse game between Monica and Suraj, and the way one alternately checkmates the other in every round goes on till Rahul, Monica's husband, hires a private detective. Sherry gets caught in this cross-fire. The later part of the story ends with interesting twist and turns.




Post Kanthaswamy (2009), Susi Ganeshan announced plans to make his debut in Bollywood by remaking his own Tamil film Thiruttu Payale (2006). It was rumoured that Emraan Hashmi was approached to play the title role, while Bipasha Basu and Deepika Padukone were contenders to play a negative role.[7][8] However, Ganeshan put a rest to these rumours stating that none of the rumoured actors have been considered for his film. In September 2011, it was announced that Neil Nitin Mukesh and Ameesha Patel were the finalized as the protagonist and antagonist.[9] The film went on floors in November, with Richa Gangopadhyay playing Mukesh's love interest. However, after differences with the director, she dropped out and the role was offered to Puja Gupta.[10] Once Puja was on board, the film's shooting progressed swiftly. A special song was also shot on the lead pair to music by Himesh Reshamiya.[11]


Principal photography started in November 2011, major portion of the first schedule was filmed mainly in Mumbai and few other places in India. The second schedule begin in January and was been filmed in Kenya. The schedule lasted for more than 20 days covering Masai Mara and few neighbour places.

Critical response[edit]

Shortcut Romeo got a very minuscule release by its producer[12] and hence opened to a low 5 million response on opening day and ended its 1st week with a nett domestic collections of just 22.7 million. Avad M of Bollywood3 stated the film as a time pass thriller with unexpected twists and turns.[13] VjMoviews expressed that here was no shortcut to its climax and the movie was to be avoided.[14]


The Soundtrack of the film is composed by Himesh Reshammiya and the music is sold to T-Series. Lyrics are penned by Sameer, Shabbir Ahmed, Manoj Yadav and Sanjay Masoom.

Shortcut Romeo
Soundtrack album by Himesh Reshammiya
Released 29 May 2013
Genre Film Soundtrack
Label T-Series
Producer Himesh Reshammiya
Himesh Reshammiya chronology
Special Chabbis
Shortcut Romeo
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Pe Pe Pe (Coca Cola)"   Manoj Yadav Himesh Reshammiya 4:06
2. "Khali Salam Dua"   Shabbir Ahmed Mohit Chauhan 5:10
3. "Ishq Gangster"   Sameer Himesh Reshammiya, Vineet Singh 4:40
4. "Short Cut Romeo"   Sanjay Masoom Ash King 4:39
5. "Jave Saari Duniya"   sameer Mika Singh 3:30
6. "Short Cut Romeo (Reprise)"   Sanjay Masoom Aman Trikha 3:19
7. "Pe Pe Pe - Remix"   Manoj Yadav Himesh Reshammiya 3:50
8. "Ishq Gangster - Remix"   sameer Himesh Reshammiya, Vineet Singh 3:28
9. "Shortcut Romeo - Mashup"   Various Various 2:37
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