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Well I appreciate the fact that Akshay has started picking up some good genre n deviated from his usual stuff. The movie was a decent one time watch. It had very lil to do with the actual case. A really important case which really needed to be shown with responsibility. It could have been an awesome one if they had paid attention to the screenplay. If only they could have portrayed the courtroom scenes very seriously rather than making it a bad comedy. Why was there a need to show Esha Gupta as a courtesan? Why was there a need to show the justification of Illeanas adultery? Why couldn't they jus show that she was away from her husband for 6 months n that she jus felt the urge to satisfy herself. N why was the need to show that Akshay killed the guy coz he was doing some anti national shady deal n not coz he slept with his wife. One really good thing that caught my attention was the explanation given why he shot 3 bullets. Nice one. The opening courtroom scenes reminded me of Anthony Hopkins Fracture.
I grew up watching Akshay Kumar's movies.What makes me wonder is why don't these arthritis ridden coots make way for new performers? It was horrible act by Akshay-Director duo to mess with the navy uniform with everything going against the code of conduct and decorum. With silly old punch lines like Desh ki Raksha/Ladkiyo ki izzat which means nothing for these actors people are done watching these bunch of lies. I guess Akshay is excessively overrated by his paid social media workers. About story-line I couldn't stop laughing when I found the reason why Rustom killed his friend. It wasn't that his wife was in illicit relations with his friends but because the poor guy was seen talking to some shady looking foreigners.In reality K.M.Nanavati was no saint, he shot his friend because he wasn't ready to accept her and Nanavati never had balls to divorce her himself. Absolutely shoddy movie with innumerable goof ups. catch some soap operas instead like Crime Patrol which portray the truth.
Patriotism or Infidelity, Love for Nation or love for wife.. Was the director confused? So decided to keep both as main ingredients of this Thriller... So whats " Rustom " - Murder Mystery?? But then we know the murderer in first 30 mins.. Is it about " why she did what she did" Its easily given out in first half.. So here it goes- Rustom is a courtroom story of how a naval officer .. Defends himself.. How a judge gets in humour while the trial is on.. How a sister can wear a deep red pout while pleading to convict her brother's killer !! Ileana is overdosed on glycerin .. But so far this is her best.. Esha Gupta hired herself a new designer and she got this platform to show it all.. Otherwise who wears a page 3 outfit to court.. Arjan- nothing great about him.. His acting skills remain where they were.. Akshay... As good as he gets.. He is ageing gracefully and has totally justified his screen space. Songs can be given a pass.. Hats off to the casting director Shruti Mahajan for collecting together a well fitted cast.. Be it the investigating officer or the newspaper head who brought in the humour in n otherwise serious watch.. 👏🏼👏🏼 for you girl!! The story keeps one gripped.. Those who like courtroom drama .. Should watch!!
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As we all know Rustom is based on the Nanavati case which was responsible for the abolition of the the jury trial system in India. So the subject is pretty serious and you expect a serious thriller which would keep you to the edge of your seats till the end. Alas a half hearted attempt by the director makes it an average Bollywood movie. It seems like an opportunity lost. The movie starts well and keeps you intrigued for the first 45 minutes. But as the courtroom proceedings start the film fails. Unnecessary humor and silly jokes spoil the game. Akshay Kumar does justice to his role and is the soul of this movie. The rest of the cast have hardly anything to do. The screenplay and direction are weak. The director seems to believe that the protagonist is not human but god. Also the patriotic angle of the movie of the movie is not presented well. Rather at time it seems unnecessary. The climax of the movie is good and saves this movie somehow. Overall I would say that this movie could have a lot better if there was seriousness in it.
The film starts with introduction of Mumbai(was Bombay) in 1950's and then a Patriot and a naval Officer Commander Rustom Pavri. They show the love life of Rustom with his wife in the beginning. His life is drastically shook when Rustom comes to know that his wife has an affair with his close friend Vikram Makhija who is a Businessman and a Womanizer(Unknown to Rustom). He shots Vikram dead with 3 bullets in heart, in anger and himself surrenders to police. Vikram's sister cases against Rustom but when he is given benefit to live in Naval custody, he refuses. The media stands with Rustom as he was a honest solider and the public prosecutor and Vikram both were Sindhi while Rustom was Parsi. Then film slowly starts to take turn as offices from Navy search for some special documents in his house, and also by means of bribe. Then Rustom himself defends himself in the court, which is shown mind-blowing(Some comedy, some drama, etc.) After a span of witnesses, defenses, the affair description of Rustom's wife and finally Rustom's explanation to the jury that he shot Vikram in his self defense, when it is clear that he will win, the movie takes a BIG LEAP. The main investigating inspector comes with an audioclip where Rustom seems to be very angry on Vikram and wants to kill. But then the movie takes another turn when the inspector meets him personally. Then Rustom tells that there was a corruption going on in Indian Navy for an aircraft carrier deal, where classified Naval Officers, Vikram and even Defense Minister were involves. They wanted to buy an aircraft carrier that was a piece of junk where high profile corruption was going and Rustom was Inspection officer of that carrier. When Rustom refuses to take bribe from Vikram, his ego is hurt and decides to take revenge from him in the form of the affair. Rustom understands that when he is sent to 6 months assignment, then he bluffs about the documents of inspection of the carrier, and that's the reason he kills Vikram. But at the end he is released by the jury. THE FILM IS A MUST WATCH, ITS A GREAT MOVIE BUT 2 STARS LESS DUE TO SOME DIRECTION GLITCHES. DIRECTION IS GOOD BUT NOT UPTO THE MARK. THE INCIDENTS ARE SOME TIMES IRRELEVANT AND SOME JUMPS. EITHER AN EXCELLENT MOVIE TO WATCH.
The Nanavati case of the 1950s seems to be hot on the literary and film
scene in India right now. Just a few weeks ago I read R. Raj Rao's
novel, Lady Lolita's Lovel, a clever and entertaining juxtaposition of
the Nanavati case and D. H. Lawrence's novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Rustom, inspired by the Nanavati case, is entertaining to say the
least. Just like Akshay Kumar's previous films Holiday, Baby and
Airlift. And because Akshay Kumar seems to have mastered the formula of
creating fast-paced thrillers with quick lessons in patriotism and
nationalism, even Rustom, apparently inspired by an incident of
adultery, too has been injected with liberal doses of patriotism.
Most things work for Rustom. Though the period setting does not really impress, the writing does. The courtroom scene, especially, has been written quite well. There is humour in it, and a tongue-in-cheek feeling.
Akshay Kumar, despite being the lead star, is not the best thing about Rustom. It is the supporting cast. Be it Pavan Malhotra as the investigating police officer, Kumud Mishra as the newspaper editor who turns the public opinion in Rustom's favour, Usha Nadkarni as the Pavris' domestic help, Sachin Khedekar as the prosecution lawyer, or Anang Desai as the judge➖the supporting actors have been given opportunities and they have delivered.
The weakest thing about Rustom is, perhaps, its female lead: Ileana D'Cruz. Maybe the cue given to her was "look sad", so she has a crestfallen appearance throughout the film. Esha Gupta is better, though quite over the top. With a Zeenat Aman-ish appearance, Esha Gupta brings a certain femme-fatale-ish glamour to her character➖her fashion style and poise, breathing fire in anger at the murder of her brother (played by Arjan Bajwa) at the hands of Rustom Pavri (played by Akshay Kumar), smoking a cigarette through a long holder while being given a back massage by a young man, reacting furiously in the courtroom, vowing to get Rustom Pavri hanged, etc.
Not perfect - in fact, far from being perfect - Rustom is a good one-time watch.
Director's approach towards this subject is unbalanced. He prefers to highlight comedy in serious court room drama scenes, which minimize the few good points in argument. Makers underline the place of applause by constantly showing, clapping persons sitting in court room when you wonder, was it worth clapping? It was just like few comedy shows who dictate audience where to laugh by slapping back ground sound of laughter. Even judge takes typical tension building pause to give the verdict!? Director taking style is old too. Showing slow moving ceiling fan as metaphor of tension inside character of scene is stale but this is in abundant here, especially in court room scenes. Yes, court rooms do have such type of fan but rather than avoiding such old metaphor they try to highlight it. This story had its moments but gets ruined due to weird way of inducing comedy in emotional and dramatic scenes too. Girl showing placard of 'Marry me Rustom' even being aware that he loves his wife too much in pre climax!? It all happens when you don't know how to handle the subject. A smart comedy scene of a person selling victim's towel by describing its feature that it remains tied even on dead body is inserted between dramatic court montages, making it ineffective while child vendor selling news paper serves its purpose of humor due to its good placing. Screenplay doesn't offer anything new too. For flirting, gifting necklace and sprain in girl's leg, so person can lift her are too much. Husband wife romance or chemistry is not well established so they look separate even after wife shedding tears. Navy officers send some persons to search a document but that persons were more interested of throwing paper rather than looking into it, foolish way of highlighting drama. All this finished its real look even great work done by production designer Priya Suhas, to give a real feel. Film is slow in first half and has its good witty court room scenes in second but unnecessarily comedy takes over. When you know that what has happened then long scenes to show that fact is very boring. Background score is notably loud, repetitive and irritating. Performance wise Akshay Kumar is very good. Ileana D'cruz is good in emotional scenes. Kumud Mishra as news paper owner Billimoria is perfect. His Parsi accent, way of walking and expressions are fantastic. Pawan Malhotra as investigating inspector and Sachin Khedekar as lawyer are fine. Arjan Bajwa as Vikram Makhija and Esha Gupta as Preeti Makhija are just OK.
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Whenever Bollywood vomits any Akshay Kumar movie, one could expect a nonsensical patchwork of random stories which eventually make Kumar appear as the only virtuous Hero around. Movie is all set to blow up Akki's political dreams in smoke. It is bland and nowhere emotionally connects with the audience or lives up to their expectations. In fact the movie covers the old Nanavati case with patriotic excuses and bunch of lies that makes it to miss out on truth entirely. Moreover it gives a morally wrong impression that a Navy Official could get away with the murder of his slutty wife's boyfriend by bluffing the jury with a lame conspiracy theory. And Judiciary, Media and Public would in turn dance to his tunes under the strong peer pressure of patriotism attached with the uniform. I guess Akki was over-confident about creating a sensation with his 'holier-than- thou' mustache and those lame army trumpets, which jumped into action during his wisecrack moments. He expected the audience to do a victory-march out of the theater crying the slogan "Abki baar Akki-Sarkaar" over his extraordinary performance. But that moment never came. What's more outrageous is that the motive for murder wasn't that Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa) was sleeping with Rustom Parvi's (Akshay Kumar) wife, but because Vikram was a small component of a big scam involving minister and navy seniors. Wacky, isn't it? While the truth was entirely different. Courtroom drama: allegations made by the prosecutor would make you wonder if they were purposely diluted to make a valid point in favor of Rustom Parvi by the scriptwriter or the Government is in regular habit of hiring loony lawyers??? Judge on the other hand was like a black-moody school principal, who went ballistic over every objection made by the prosecutor, no matter how rational it sounded. Movie in a nutshell is a failed attempt to bulldoze audience into accepting Akki's lordship. God save us from such movies
The Nanavati case of 1959 affected several facets of a newly
independent India. While the citizens favored the celebrated naval
officer who was accused of murdering his wife's illicit partner, the
media's sensational coverage of the trial sent people into a frenzy
that wouldn't even spare the jury's ability to deliver unbiased
justice. The patriotic purity of a naval officer's white uniform was
stained with blood but people didn't seem to care. They had already
passed their verdict. Director Tinu Suresh Desai uses a lot of dramatic
freedom to keep the general audience engaged in the trial's
proceedings. For the most part, he deviates from the actual happenings,
thus setting the stage for Akshay Kumar to emerge as the nation's most
patriotic hero. 'Rustom' is a fictional account of the famous Nanavati
v/s State of Maharashtra case that delivers justice in quite an
Prolonged periods of absence on official duty brought Officer Rustom Pavri's (Akshay Kumar) wife closer to Preeti (Esha Gupta) and her brother Vikram (Arjan Bajwa). Upon his early return from a deployment, Rustom is surprised to find an empty home and soon discovers that Cynthia (Illeana D'Cruz) has been gone for 2 days. His concern turns to suspicion and his instinct leads him to Vikram's home where he sees his wife cheating on him. The following morning, Rustom confronts Cynthia and immediately heads over to Vikram's house before making two crucial stops. One, to pick up a pistol from the ship's armory and two, to make a trunk call to Delhi. Vikram is shot 3 times in his room with Rustom subsequently surrendering himself to the Police. Vincent Lobo (Pawan Malhotra) is the investigating officer, who suspects that there is something amiss about the truth that is in front of him. Citizens pick their sides with Preeti Makhija hiring the best Sindhi lawyer (Sachin Khedekar) to prosecute the accused while the Parsi community, including a local newspaper's editor, rally behind Rustom's defense of himself. The investigators, the city's citizens and the entire nation were embroiled in this sensational case that threatened to stain the patriotic image of a naval officer. While most saw the murderous act as just punishment for Vikram, others would claim that murder is afterall a crime. Popular sentiment would play a major role in the judicial system which was then based on the jury's vote. As the courtroom drama unfolds, truth hinges on perceptions and fabrication that lead to both comedy and tension. There is also a secret concerning national security that will put the pieces of the puzzle together.
With the plot revolving around its protagonist, Akshay Kumar beams in the spotlight in his impeccably white uniform. With barely 2 minutes of action, the majority of his screenplay was with him either listening to accusations and narrations or arguing in his defense. In the courtroom, Sachin Khedekar leans mostly on the comic side with most of his serious accusations falling flat. Anang Desai was an unusual choice to play the Judge but it brought levity to what would have otherwise been a pretty serious court trial. The underrated Pawan Malhotra brings the sincerity and composure that come so natural with his performances and it's great to see him in a meatier role. Arjan Bajwa plays the sleazy rich playboy quite convincingly while Esha Gupta's attempt at being a vixen is simply acceptable. Illeana doesn't seem as comfortable in an altogether serious role when compared to her other outings such as Main tera hero.
Unlike its producer Neeraj Pandey's more serious film-making style, Tinu Desai's Rustom doesn't take itself seriously once we enter the courtroom. While fictionalizing the facts of the 1959 case, the plot liberties taken by writer Vipul Rawal mock the system and media's influence on gullible citizens. Add to that, Tinu Suresh Desai's direction that makes patriotism and old school Bombay appear tacky versions of themselves. The music is merely added to portray the romantic relationship of the Pavris without wasting time in their courtship scenes. But barring these modest attempts of entertaining a more general population, Rustom is an engaging film that covers a sensational crime and its thrilling investigation. Another blockbuster feather in Akshay Kumar's hat that should hopefully keep him away from his crass comedy ventures.
7.899 on a scale of 1-10.
I watched Rustom when it aired on Zee TV last evening. I did not expect
too much from it based on press reviews even though it had done well at
the box office. Was I surprised!
Even though everyone knows this movie is broadly based on the infamous Nanavaty incident, it was well made and riveting till the last scene.
Everyone but everyone essayed their role so well, especially the bawaji newspaper walla :) Akshay could well pass off for aapro Russi!
Rustom is one heck of a slick production, good plot, fabulous period sets, crisp dialogues, superb acting, cinematography par excellence.
This movie holds the interest throughout and the climax keeps you on the edge of your chair even though you very well know what is coming.
Well done Akshay, with Special 26, Holiday, Baby and now Rustom, you have really come well out of the Khiladi mould. Looking forward to more such slick productions.
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