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Short Kut
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNeeraj Vora
Produced byRajat Rawail
Anil Kapoor
Sunil Manchanda
Rhea Kapoor
Sanjay Dutt
Written byAnees Bazmee
StarringAkshaye Khanna
Amrita Rao
Arshad Warsi
Music byShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Johny Lall
Arvind Soni
Edited byRajiv Gupta
Distributed byViacom 18 Motion Pictures
Anil Kapoor Films Company
Release date
  • 10 July 2009 (2009-07-10)
Running time
156 minutes

Shortkut (also known as Short Kut: The Con Is On) is a 2009 Bollywood comedy film directed by Neeraj Vora and produced by Anil Kapoor under Anil Kapoor Films Company. The film stars Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao in lead roles. It released on 10 July 2009 worldwide[1] to mostly negative reviews from critics.

The film was an uncredited remake of the blockbuster Malayalam film Udayananu Tharam starring Mohanlal.


The story focuses on Shekhar (Akshaye Khanna), who is currently an assistant director, hoping to write and direct his own movie soon. His friend Raju (Arshad Warsi) is a struggling actor who has been waiting for Shekhar to write a film script so he can star in. However, when Shekhar rejects him as the film's hero, Raju decides to steal Shekhar's film script and release the film under his own name. The film is released and turns out to be a blockbuster, leading Raju to stardom. Heartbroken Shekhar, at this time, is left by his girlfriend Mansi (Amrita Rao). Lack of confidence, Shekhar writes a new and better film script and wants to star Raju in it, however when Raju rejects the script, Shekhar decides to film the movie without Raju knowing he is in it. Shekhar and his low-budget film crew follow Raju around everywhere to complete their movie. Eventually, when the movie is finished, it turns out that Raju's role in the film was embarrassing and humiliating, and turns Raju into a box office bomb. Shekhar's film succeeds and he is offered more movies. Raju turns into a flop, and decides to steal someone else's script.



Soundtrack album by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa
Released17 June 2009
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa chronology
Wake Up Sid

The film's soundtrack is composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani & Loy Mendonsa, with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar. The song, "Patli Gali" was split into two versions in the film, even though only one version (including remix) was included in the soundtrack.

Track list[edit]

The soundtrack contains 4 original songs and 3 remixes.

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Kal Nau Baje" Sonu Nigam & Alka Yagnik 4:19
2 "Kyun Hota Hai Dil Deewana" Shreya Ghoshal & Javed Ali 3:04
3 "Mareeze Mohabbat" Kirti Sagatia & Shankar Mahadevan 4:04
4 "Patli Galli" Shankar Mahadevan 3:35
5 "Patli Galli - 2" Shankar Mahadevan 1:05
6 "Mareeze Mohabbat (Remix)" Kirti Sagatia & Shankar Mahadevan 3:58
7 "Patli Galli (Remix)" Shankar Mahadevan 4:17


Short Kut was panned by film critics in India as a poor comedy and a major disappointment.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Short Kut Cast and Crew". Bollywood Hungama.
  2. ^ Bollywood Hungama
  3. ^ AOL India
  4. ^ The Economic Times

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