Rustom movie cast: Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Arjan Bajwa
Rustom movie director: Tinu Suresh Desai
Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom mixes both fact and fiction to produce a cine version of the sensational 1959 case of Commander K M Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra that rocked the nation and changed the face of the Indian judicial system. In this case, a naval commander Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati, a Parsi man, was tried in court for killing his wife’s lover, Prem Ahuja. He had fired three bullets from his service revolver. He was declared not guilty by the jury of the session court with 8-1 verdict and was set free even when everyone knew he had committed the murder.
Those who might not know about the case would surely want to go and give it a watch. And Tinu Suresh Desai’s directorial succeeds in giving a basic idea about infamous incident with a tight narration and keeps the essence intact with its intriguing story line. But it fails to provide us with a high octane courtroom drama that was expected from the movie.
Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar) a patriotic and honest naval commander, comes back from his voyage to meet his wife Cynthia (Ileana D’Cruz) with whom he is happily married. But soon after he finds that his wife is having an affair with a friend, Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa) during his absence from home. After confronting his wife, Rustom borrows a gun from the Navy armoury, goes to his Vikram’s house, shoots three rounds in his heart, drops him dead and surrenders himself to police admitting his crime. Vikram’s sister Preeti Makhija (Esha Gupta) swears to punish Rustom for the murder and the investigation begins. The whole scenario changes when Rustom pleads not guilty in the court.
The first half of the movie rides high on setting the plot right without including any kind of melodrama which we normally witness in Bollywood movies and follows an unadulterated storytelling with sharp editing. It tries to paint the 50s-60s era but fails miserably in doing so due to bad CGI. However, writer Vipul K Rawal, an ex navy officer, has made use of objects like naval ships, vintage cars to give authenticity to the film. The movie scales high after the interval giving many twists and turns during the court proceedings.
Akshay Kumar as a navy officer plays his part with conviction and keeps you glued to your seats. However, Akshay is missing quite a lot in the first half as the director opted to focus more on the story. But he takes charge in the second half and shines in every frame. Ileana as his wife supports him and looks beautiful throughout the film. Arjan Bajwa also does well with his part while Esha doesn’t get enough space to showcase herself. Other supporting actors like Pawan Malhotra, who plays the investigating officer, is spot on with his portrayal and looks convincing. Sachin Khedekar, as the public prosecutor, Mukud Mishra as a tabloid head, Usha Nadkarni as Rustom’s domestic help also make their act a powerful one.
The movies has many flaws but it manages to keep you glued to your seats. And between all, Akshay Kumar once again stands tall and nails it with his act.