Rustom: Intriguing courtroom drama and nothing more

| Movie Review | Kuala Lumpur | 19 Aug 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Rustom, loosely based on the real life events of an Indian naval officer
Rustom, loosely based on the real life incident of an Indian naval officer

Rustom – Rating 3 and a half stars /5 stars – Warning spoiler alert

By Movie Walla

Rustom, was loosely based on the story of KM Nanavati, a Naval Commander of the Indian Navy in the 1950s. The film was based on a slightly unconventional story line, an intriguing courtroom drama filled with raw emotions, laughter and unspoken justice.

The story set in the early 1950’s post Indian Independence, featuring Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar), the main protagonist, a strong and level headed character from the strong Persian community. And his post-marital betrayal by his British born wife, Cynthia (Ileana D’Cruz) with his close friend, Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa) a rich businessman with a wild attitude from the strong Sindhi community. It showed how two strong headed communities back in the days coming head-to-head in a courtroom drama.

Rustom upon returning from a six months long work duty wanting to surprise his wife rather got surprised himself when he discovered the love letters exchanged between his wife and his friend, Vikram.

Rustom was subsequently charged with the murder of Vikram Makhija. Coupled with the strong support of newspaper run by a Persian Businessman, Rustom was able to gain large support and sympathy from the public for the betrayal by his wife.

Throughout the entire second half of the film, the cross examinations that takes place is quite compelling but still there was evident shortcoming in the direction of the film. To a certain extent it was rather slow and dreary film.

But Akshay Kumar (AK) once again was able to mesmerize the crowd with his wonderful charm and brilliant acting. He always does well in roles like this as seen in Special 26, Baby and Airlift just to name a couple of his other films. However the same cannot be said about Illeana D’Cruz. She was rather boring and was not able to bring forth the emotions required no matter how hard she tried. Her emotions had no effect on the audience and was rather sluggish to be bluntly honest.

Special mention to Kumud Mishra for his role as Erach Billimoria, Pawan Malhotra (famed for his role in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) as Inspector Vincent Lobo and Usha Nadkarni as Jamnabai for essaying their roles perfectly.

The music for Rustom is composed by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Raghav Sachar, Ankit Tiwari, and Jeet Gannguli. One particular song that has been doing rounds among the audience is the song Tere Sang Yaara sung by Atif Aslam. The entire soundtrack of the film is rather average and could have been better.

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