To start with, the K.M Nanavati case that shook the nation in 1959 was the last of the cases that involved a panel of jury. Rustom, the movie states a statutory warning saying that the movie is a work of fiction and you are like ‘come on guys, we know about your movie already’. With Rustom, Akshay Kumar returns to the cinemas after a gap of about two months. The actor definitely has been busy and Rustom looks like, work completed in haste. It feels like an incomplete autograph that makes less sense and ends up useless. Rustom is intriguing in parts but is it worth the bucks? Here is our Rustom Movie Review
Rustom Movie Review
To be frank, Rustom is too far-fetched, it is unconvincing and falls flat at points. But Akshay Kumar’s sincerity and the supporting cast’s efforts, work as a savior for this one. The courtroom drama, based on reality, ends up less real but more dramatic. Akshay Kumar, as an established actor, has proved his versatility and his talent is unquestionable. Yet his appeal with the masses is limited to an extent. Rustom convinces you to believe the above. The actor has a rather unconventional entry, the story revolves around him (obviously, he plays Rustom in the movie), but the major task of entertaining the audience lies on the shoulders of his fellow actors. To be precise, Rustom is a movie that depends much on the supporting cast.
Rustom’s story stays in line with our expectations form the trailer. A Commander with the Indian Navy, A strayed and cheating wife, A revengeful murder (not mysterious as such), Courtroom Drama, Corruption, Scam and finally the Victory march. Rustom is clichéd, with a tiring first half and a desperate attempt to be gripping during the second. Akshay Kumar’s act as the celebrated Navy Officer is yet again, his way of displaying his proficiency in the field of acting. Rustom Pavri is a man of action and his silence and sincerity makes you feel the depth of his pain. The scenes where Rustom fights his own case are intriguing but the script just does not add up.
Ileana D’Cruz as Cynthia cries a lot and that she does very well. Most of the girls out there will spend their time going gaga over her hairstyle and the boys will be wooed by her beauty. Ileana’s role is limited to just that and if the makers had been expecting just a showpiece out of Ileana, she has definitely lived up to the expectations.
Arjun Bajwa as Vikram Makhija is just about fine but Esha Gupta, who plays his sister, takes the largest chunk out of the pie for going overboard with her acting. Esha Gupta tries to seduce with her clothes and looks, but you cannot care less. With arrogance stuck on her face, Esha Gupta’s character, Preeti Makhija, is the least impressive. The one task she carries on with perfection? She smokes the hell out of her lungs.
However, Kumud Mishra and Pavan Malhotra, playing a struggling editor of Blitz and Chief investigating officer respectively, impress to a large extent. Kumud Mishra is the comedy relief that is much needed in the movie. Anang Desai as the judge proceeding over the entire case, is superb and it is surprising to see a judge with some sense of humor. Sachin Khedekar as the opposition lawyer is dismal and ends up as an object of comedy, again.
Rustom also makes it difficult to digest the fact that Tinu Suresh Desai was given the responsibility of helming this project. If you have no clue of the director, he is the one responsible for unleashing upon us the deadly, 1920 : London. But with Neeraj Pandey’s brand name attached to the movie, one expects a compelling movie of Baby or Special 26 stature. Tinu Desai definitely had every intention of making a commercial movie and he piles up a little too much of comedy into the movie making the second half of the movie more funny than interesting. If at all the screenplay could have concentrated on how this case had affected the public, although there was hardly any information out to them, or how this case turned out to be the final case that dependent on the jury, the movie could have seemed much more enrapturing and ambitious.
Rustom, however, does well in parts. You have a little kid selling newspapers like hotcakes, adding his funny dialogues and selling the papers at a hike of over 500 percent. The scene where Rustom’s maid is called to the palisade to register her statement is hilarious and will get the theater to erupt with laughter.
Akshay Kumar has churned out two consecutive successful movies in 2016 in the form of Airlift and Housefull 3. With the line-up of releases this multi-talented actor has ahead, most of us had been pretty much sure that Akshay Kumar will be repeating his story of success that he had once inscribed into the record books of Bollywood with seven consecutive hits. But Rustom easily puts such high hopes to rest. Rustom will certainly enjoy the advantage of the many upcoming holidays, but at the same time, it is bound to suffer from tough competition from another worse Bollywood release.
Rustom Movie Review – This Reality Based Courtroom Drama Is Too Far-fetched
Akshay Kumar’s Rustom is a fine watch for the holiday period. It could be the sole respite for the Bollywood fans but Rustom is strictly a one-time watch.
One thing that has been itching my brains and where Sachin Khedekar’s character seemed perfectly right was, ‘how the hell did Vikram’s towel stay firm to his body during Rustom’s imaginary fight sequence’?
I go with 3 out of 5 for this Akshay Kumar starrer.
And Here, I Rest My Case