Cast: Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Arjan Bajwa, Sachin Khedekar, Pawan Malhotra
Director: Tinu Suresh Desai
Akshay Kumar is back with yet another patriotic film, ‘Rustom’. The movie brings to life, the famous K M Nanavati Murder case that got nationwide attention in 1959. It was the last case in the country that was decided by a jury.
Commander Rustom Pavri’s (Akshay Kumar) is a decorated naval officer who is being tried in the court for killing Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa), his wife Cynthia (Ileana D’Cruz) lover. Prosecution lawyer Lakshman Khangani (Sachin Khedekar) pulls up Rustom for being in his pristine white uniform all the time. He goes ahead to remind the jury to not be swayed by the uniform. Vikram’s socialite sister Preeti (Esha Gupta) wants the man to be punished at all costs, while a Parsi press owner (Kumud Mishra) plays the Parsi card to gain support him.
Is Rustom innocent or he is guilty? Will he be able to free himself from the allegations of being a murderer? All this will be answered when you watch the film.
Santosh Thundiyil’s cinematography along with the painstakingly recreated the 50s era for the film are winners in Rustom. Akshay Kumar excels as the man guilty of murder but not of the crime. He plays the Commander to perfection in an understated manner. Ileana D’Cruz’s lack of chemistry with Akshay Kumar is a downer. Esha Gupta leaves an impact with her cameo.
The first half is very slow, but, the second half is gripping. Among the good parts of the film is the number of songs in it. ‘Tere Sang Yaara’ is a hummable track.
Watch it purely for Akshay Kumar.
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