Akshay Kumar’s Rustom not only gave a strange patriotic twist to Nanavati murder case, it also apparently managed to get the Navy uniform wrong. According to a tweet, Bollywood — as always — have managed to get the uniform wrong. The tweet by India Today executive editor Sandeep Unnithan said, “Bollywood can never get the uniform right. The horrid #Rustom (set in ’59) is no exception.”
To ensure that nothing is missed, everything is clearly pointed out in a picture in the tweet. Here is what is reveals — Akshay is shown wearing Kargil Star 1999 and Om Parakram 2001-02. Considering the movie is based in 1959, how could Akshay have fought in 1999 Kargil war? Only the filmmaker can answer that.
Indian film industry is yet to go a long way to learn – on how to transform real-life characters to inspiring on-screen heroes. It has a long history of lifting real-life incident and turning it into over-the-top chintzy material – fit for only masses. What often happens is that imitation turns out to be a parody rather than a pastiche.
This is not the first time that a movie has got something wrong about a uniform. Shah Rukh Khan’s character in Jab Tak Hain Jahan was also criticised for tampering with uniform for the sake of looking good on-screen. It’s not just about wearing uniforms in the wrong way. In past, filmmakers have also done away with not giving a proper soldier haircut to their actors.
Actors often talk about their appreciation for men in uniform. They discuss about their contribution to the nation and a desire to don uniform on screen. Akshay, in an interview, said that he felt more responsible after donning the uniform.
— Sandeep (@SandeepUnnithan) August 15, 2016
If our actors respect our soldiers so much, why can’t they get the uniform right for just one time? Wouldn’t that be the best way to pay a tribute to men in armed forces ?