Movie Review - Rustom

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Cast: Akshay Kumar, Ileana D'Cruz, Arjan Bajwa, Esha Gupta, Sachi Khedekar, Kumud Mishra, Pawan Malhotra, Usha Nadkarni.
Director: Tinu Suresh Desai

Rustom is based on true events from 1959 of Naval Officer KM Nanavati with a twist to tantalize mystery to the drama craving audience Bollywood has. The story revolves around a handsome but devastated Naval Officer, his beautiful but lonely and cheating wife, the casanova who is also a shady criminal (naturally, couldn’t get more ‘Bollywood’ than this), his sensuous evil sister, sympathetic cops, a passionate reporter and an overtly confused jury with excessive courtroom drama.

Within minutes of the opening, the crime has been committed; we all know the killer and the reason (well that’s what we think). Now tell me, how do the filmmakers retain our interest for 2 and a half hours? Add ‘masala’ moments at regular intervals in the hope to spice it up just when the pace drops and it starts to get boring.
The first half is textbook, the characters and their roles are made extremely obvious. The second half is when the drama begins to accelerate, prosecutor and defense lawyers fighting Rustom’s case, but the courtroom spectacle is stretched for way too long, and gets slightly drab. Yet another Bollywood Hero taking murders as a matter of morality, patriotism, trying to escape rightful justice.

Nevertheless, the dialogues and screenplay is beautifully woven by Vipul Rawal. Being an ex-Naval Officer, his knowledge on right locations for the particular plot and the authenticity of certain facts is brilliant. Had there been a little more conviction in the narrative and a tight crop of course, it could’ve made for the best courtroom drama in Bollywood, albeit the heightened theatrics.

Should you watch it? Yes please, the performances by Akshay Kumar, Esha Gupta, for some reason even Illeana’s is, undoubtedly, great. And watch it for the much-craved-patriotism that is kindled in every Indian around the Independence Day. Also, for beautiful screenplay. Sit back with a tub of popcorn and enjoy the suspense and vintage feels to the entire movie without relating it to Nanavati’s case. You’ll definitely like it then!
3 shors from us, cheers!

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