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The short and the long of it

It’s called Short Kut — The Con is On, but don’t get conned by the title. The Akshaye Khanna-Arshad Warsi-Amrita Rao comedy directed by Neeraj Vora only highlights the fact that a short cut does not take you to your destination after all.

With story and screenplay by Anees Bazmee (No Entry, Singh is Kinng), Short Kut is about a struggling actor and director trying to make it big in Bollywood. But more than the cast, the spotlight is on the film’s producer, Anil Kapoor.

While Akshay and Amrita were at the press briefing for the film in IIFA Macau with Anil, Arshad didn’t even bother to come down from his room. “He is still drinking to get over his hangover! Hopefully he will be in time for next year’s conference,” said a far-from-pleased Anil.

t2 then spoke to the Short Kut team (minus Arshad, of course) and here’s the long and short of it...

Anil Kapoor: Short Kut is a small film with a very big heart. It’s a lighter film compared to Gandhi My Father. I have learnt a lot from my first two productions and I am still learning. I have already shot for two episodes of the American TV show I am doing, called 24. I am a quick learner and so I hope to use my experience there in my productions here. Till now, I have only produced films from my heart. Whenever I have got a good story, a good script, I have gone ahead and produced it.

Neeraj Vora: The title of the film is Short Kut but to make the film was no short cut. It was in fact a long way and it wouldn’t have been possible without my producer Anil Kapoor. When he told me to make a film for his company, I was worried while going up in the elevator as to what story I’d tell him. To my surprise everything was ready for me. He gave me this script by Anees Bazmee and I was really happy to collaborate with him and write the dialogues and direct the film.

Akshaye Khanna: I worked with Anil on Gandhi My Father and now I have done Short Kut with him. Both are very different kinds of films. I can’t say this was tougher or that was easier. Gandhi My Father was, of course, very intense but Short Kut in its own way was challenging. I play a struggling writer-director who wants to make it big in the film industry. It’s a fun film with a message and that’s a rare combination in our industry and that’s what makes all of us so excited about Short Kut.

Amrita Rao: Short Kut was fascinating for me because I play an actress. But the challenging bit was that her background and my background are diametrically opposite. My character’s parents don’t want her to do good films and only do commercial cinema. I have never had any such pressure in my life. It was fantastic to have an actor-turned-producer like Anilji. Everything was on a platter. He was an extravagant producer. I have worked with a lot of top-notch production houses but this was like flying first class!

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