These days it has become very popular in Bollywood to make films based on real life and real people. Akshay Kumar’s film Rustom has been released at the box office this week. This film 1959 Nanavati Case, which is based on a naval officer K.M. It is based on the real life story of Nanavati. This case changed the whole face of the Indian judicial system. Will Rustom be able to do well at the box office or will it sink without revealing many secrets, let’s analyze.
The film Rustom begins with a periodical era in 1959, when Mumbai was Bombay, and justice was then the task of a jury member and not a judge. The film opens with the introduction of Commander Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar), accustomed to his uniform, and his beloved wife Cynthia Pavri (Ileana D’Cruz). One day, when Rustom Pavri returns from his duty to his home before his scheduled date, he is shocked when he learns that his wife Cynthia is at home with a very spoiled rich man, Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa). Has gone outside and has not returned home for two days. Rustom Pavri, furious with anger and reaches Vikram’s house to catch Cynthia and Vikram red-handed together. Rustam Pavri cannot stand his wife’s deceit, so he loads his office gun, shoots the evil-minded Vikram and then Vikram dies. Rustam Pavri, who has always been honest and just, goes to the police station himself and surrenders. When the news of Vikram Makhija’s death reaches the ears of his ‘high-rising’ sister Preeti Makhija, she vows to avenge her brother’s death. As soon as this case goes to the court, it comes to know that Rustom has no regrets for his actions. And then begins the high-voltage courtroom drama, slander, media rolls, and all. All eventually leading to a common cause. After all, what was the conclusion of this whole case, is Rustam Pavri really guilty or is the truth behind the scenes something else?
First things first, Rustom is essentially a crime thriller film. Although the storyline of the film is nothing like a mystery or a detective story, it becomes predictable as the story progresses. The fact is that two films have already been made on this story. They had two films, Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (1963) starring Sunil Dutt-Leela Naidu and Achanak (1973) starring Vinod Khanna-Farida Jalal. Vipul K Rawal, who wrote the screenplay, story and dialogues for the film, has presented Rustom’s story as it is today. When the hero of a film is Akshay Kumar, the film itself becomes entertaining and keeps the audience glued to the seat. But it is lacking in Rustom. The script of the film not only slows down the pace of the film, but it is also very average. Had the script been entertaining and had a good hold, the story might have turned out a little different. The story of the film seems to swing between credibility and unreliability. Though the film is based on the famous case Nanavati case, but its own tadka has also been added to make it more entertaining. Those people, who don’t know about this case will definitely like Rustom.
Rustom is Tinu Suresh Desai’s second film as a director (his directorial debut is 1920 London). Tinu has done a great job as a director. While the film’s foundation is laid in the first half of the film, the film is heavily dominated by court room drama after the intermission. Though the film tends to slacken on several occasions, Tinu Suresh Desai is able to get the film back on track before it is over. Some weakness can be felt in his direction in the court scenes. Normally, the court scenes are much more dramatic and packed with heavy dialogues, which are completely missing in Rustom. On the other hand, situational humor manages to engage the audience to some extent.
On the acting front, there is no doubt that Akshay Kumar, who is the soul of the film, has been exceptional. Akshay Kumar, who is extremely versatile when it comes to selecting (miscellaneous) films, has added yet another uniqueness to his account by choosing Rustom. Akshay Kumar played the role of a naval officer for the first time in his film career. And Akshay has done justice to his role with an impeccable and impeccable performance. And matching the lead actor of the film, the film’s actress Ileana D’Cruz is also strong in the role of Cynthia Pavri, wife of Rustom Pavri. Despite not getting many opportunities, Ileana D’Cruz impresses with her calm demeanor. On the other hand, Esha Gupta looked better in the role of an avenger. Arjun Bajwa is impressive despite his small role. Apart from this, other actors Kumud Mishra (as a newspaper editor), Usha Nadkarni (as a servant), Sachin Khedekar (as Public Prosecutor Laxman Khangani) and Pawan Malhotra (as Inspector Lobo) form strong parts of the film. They are the ones who take the film along.
The music of this film (Arko, Raghav Sachar, Ankit Tiwari and Jeet Ganguly) is very average. The cinematography (Santosh Thundil) of the film is decent, no exaggeration in that. The editing of this film by Shree Narayan Singh is average.
Overall, Rustom is a fine crime thriller film that lives up to the expectations. While it has entertaining moments on one hand, on the other hand the film has become loose and loose. At the box office, this film may be weak in comparison to Mohenjo Daro. However, after a long weekend and positive things spoken about the film, it will prove to be beneficial for the film.