Shortcut: Film Review – Cyber crime, now in Marathi!

Starring Vaibhav Tatwawadi in the lead role, Shortcut is a film about a hacker, who gets caught in his own web of crimes. The plot follows the life of a young man called Rohit, who is accepted into a computer engineering college. Rohit, who hails from a middle class background and has no visible social skills, views this college as a fresh start.

While in college, he meets new people and also falls for a girl called Ishika (played by Sanskruti Balgude). She’s a smart, carefree girl, who doesn’t really like him at first. Rohit is mostly inhibited, and keeps to himself. His only friend is his laptop, which he uses for small-time hacking. One thing leads to another, and he soon finds himself in the middle of a dark and dirty conspiracy.

Everything starts going wrong for Rohit, when he crosses paths with ACP Rajesh Nibalkar (played by Rajesh Shringarpure), who charges him for the biggest cyber crime ever. Now Rohit must find his way on his own, and prove his innocence to the Cyber Crime Branch, and save himself. However, while proving that he is innocent, he unearths a conspiracy bigger than he could have ever imagined.

Shortcut is a good attempt, and has a few good moments interspersed through the film. However, the plot is a disorienting series of complicated subplots, and doesn’t really tell a linear narrative. Vaibhav Tatwawadi delivers an honest performance as Rohit, while Sanskruti Balgude delivers a commendable performance. Rajesh Shringarpure plays the tough cop extremely well, and all in all, Shortcut delivers in the casting department. However, apart from the meandering plot, there are some absolutely unnecessary songs in the film, which do nothing except further the runtime of the film.

Why Should You Watch the Film?

Shortcut happens to be one of the few hacking movies made in Marathi. It isn’t a bad attempt either. Go catch it this weekend!

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