Akshay Kumar’s Rustom gets the Navy uniform wrong by a wide margin

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.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 16, 2016 11:22:41 am
Akshay Kumar, Rustom, Rustom movie, navy officer 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.

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.

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 ?

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