Short Kut - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Slapsticky elements completely overshadow the promise in characterization. The willingness to experiment with plot is marred by the inexplicable need to bollywoodize the details.

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Plot Summary

Shekhar (Akshaye Khanna) is a struggling writer-director, Raju (Arshad Warsi) a struggling actor and Mansi (Amrita Rao) an establishe actress in "Bollywood". And bollywood is filled with nice, not-so-nice and outright mean people. Their interaction with each other and their relationships is what the film is about.

What Worked

  • The animation used when each name appeared in the titles was something different and thus interesting.
  • Each character is introduced well. And the transitions from one character to another though on the face were nice too.
  • Though absolutely implausible, the chase scene in the end was shot pretty well.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Where's crowd control? People on the upper floors of the "chawl" looked like they were there to watch the shoot.
  • Aunties playing hockey in the "chawl" - felt a bit too put on.
  • The Shekhar-Mansi hug on the moon's face was like a wedding photograph. Yuck there, yuck here!
  • When the "chawl" dwellers can spend so luxuriously for someone else's comfort why are they living in a "chawl"?
  • The transition that Shekhar makes when he has reached the bottom of his personal and professional life. It comes a bit too suddenly.
  • The way the Shekhar's second film ended, it didn't look like a brilliant script to me. But I'm speaking with too little knowledge, aren't I? :)
  • How exactly are the shots from a handy-cam going to be patched with the rest of the movie that was shot on film?

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • There's a continuity break in the shot where Shekhar is sleeping. Akshaye Khanna's head-tilt is not the same when shot from different angles.