Rustom | Movie Review 12 Aug 2016   752


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Star Cast : Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Arjan Bajwa, Esha Gupta
Direction : Tinu Suresh Desai
Genre : Crime
Duration : 2 hours 28 minutes

Rustom is inspired by true incidents, the 1959 case involving Naval officer KM Nanavati shooting his wife’s paramour.

Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar), an honourable officer of the Indian Navy shoots his friend Vikram (Arjan Bajwa) to death after discovering that his wife Cynthia (Ileana D’Cruz) had an affair with the rich businessman. The Commander surrenders himself to the Police immediately and admits to have killed Vikram but pleads ‘not guilty’ in court.

Rustom happens to be Tinu Suresh Desai’s second film as a director (his first being 1920 LONDON). Tinu Suresh Desai has done a decent job as a director. While the film is set up in the first half, the second half is filled with court room drama galore.

As for the performances, Akshay Kumar delivers such a spotless and flawless performance in this role by staying extremely true to his character. Lending him able support is Ileana D’Cruz as his wife Cynthia Pavri. Despite having limited scope as far as performance is concerned, Ileana D’Cruz holds her own with her restrained performance. Esha Gupta, on the other hand, is good in her role of a revenge seeking woman. Arjan Bajwa, despite his small role, is effective. Other actors like Kumud Mishra (in the role of a newspaper editor), Usha Nadkarni (as the servant), Sachin Khedekar (as Public Prosecutor Lakshman Khangani) and Pawan Malhotra (as Inspector Lobo) too have strong parts and keep the movie together.

On the whole, Rustom comes across as a well crafted crime thriller. It is worth a watch for Akshay’s sake.

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India:

Though the climax has been smartly fictionalised, this courtroom drama is essentially based on the real life of Naval officer K M Nanavati, who in 1959, shot and killed his wife’s lover…
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Mid-Day:

Within minutes of the film’s opening, the crime is committed. You know the killer and the reason (well, almost). So, how do you sustain interest for over two hours of the running time? Well, add twists and turns just when the pace begins to slacken…
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Hindustan Times:

A naval officer kills his wife’s boyfriend and pleads not guilty. The jury weighs its options and declares it an accidental death. The decorated navy commander walks scot-free…
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DNA:

The film is inspired by true events. The 1959 Nanavati case is a landmark case for two reasons — it saw the end of jury system in India and captured the imagination of filmmakers and public alike…
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Bollywood Hungama:

Films based on real lives and real people have become very popular in Bollywood these days. This week’s release is the Akshay Kumar starrer RUSTOM, a film that has been inspired by a ‘sensational case of a Naval officer that led to the end of the jury system in India’…
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NDTV Movies:

For Akshay Kumar fans, Rustom is bound to be a full-on treat. The courtroom drama is scripted, crafted and geared to give the lead actor all the space that he needs in order to own the project…
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The Indian Express:

The infamous 1959 Nanavati case had spawned a couple of early films, neither of which came close to the lurid excitement of the real- life incident which involved a handsome naval officer…
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India Today:

Commander Rustom Pavri’s (Akshay Kumar) trial is underway in court. Akshay is a vision in white. A decorated Naval officer, Rustom has the charge of killing Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa), his wife’s lover on him…
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Rediff:

The first time we meet Esha Gupta in Rustom — a film set in Bombay 60 years ago — she’s spending her afternoon in a satin-covered bedroom bathed in golden light, wearing a white corset-like garment while smoking a cigarette using an exaggeratedly long holder…
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Glamsham:

Continuing Akshay Kumar’s impressive run as Bollywood’s new age poster boy of patriotism, good virtues and faith, RUSTOM is in no way hum drum thanks to the grace and poise of Akshay Kumar as the dashing suave Naval Commander that saves this stylish…
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