Starring: Akshay Kumar (Commander Rustom Pavri), Ileana D’Cruz (Cynthia Pavri), Esha Gupta (Priti Makhija), Arjan Bajwa (Vikram Makhija), Pawan Malhotra (Inspector Vincent Lobo), Usha Nadkarni (Jamnabai), Sachin Khedekar (Public Prosecutor Lakshman Khangani), Kumud Mishra (Erach Billimoria), Anang Desai (Judge), Parmeet Sethi (Rear Admiral Prashant Kamat)
Director: Tinu Suresh Desai
Music: Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Ganguly, Raghav Sachar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Cinematography: Santosh Thundiyil
Rustom is an adaptation of the story of the famous K.M. Nanavati vs State Of Maharashtra case. Earlier made as Yeh Raaste Hai Pyaar Ke, starring Sunil Dutt and Leela Naidu in the lead roles, Rustom makes a bold impact on the screen. Not only a crime thriller covering a murder, Rustom also shares a heartwarming love story of Commander Nanavati and his wife, which makes all the more interesting and fancy.
Set in the 1950’s timeline in Mumbai, director Suresh Desai leaves no stone is unturned to recreate those days of the city of dreams and the aura of the decorated officer KM Nanavati. Rustom, starts with a bang, wasting no time on the needless drama and introduction of characters. The first half of the film is rapid, entertaining and thrilling with events moving faster than a sprinting Usain Bolt. Till the half way mark, Rustom keeps you intrigued and sets the expectation for another ripping thriller after the likes of Airlift, Wazir and Raman Raghav 2.0 earlier this year.
Majority of the second half is a court room drama where Rustom not only loses its pace but puts in a lot of information for the viewer to process. Comedy and humor is appreciated, but, if put in the right places. Director Tinu Desai tries to lighten he mood with some hilarious scenes, but they feel unneeded and loosen the grip Akshay Kumar puts on the film during his intense court room scenes.
Rustom’s acting performance is a ten on ten. The lead pair of Akshay an Illeana keep their lovable charm on the high for the entire 150 minutes, which is a great value add. Rustom rolls out a lot of characters that may have played a major role in the original case, who not only support the cause of the film but make sure that the fault lines in the script go unnoticed. An Indian thriller without songs is just like a steak without side veggies. Rustom’s music is exactly like those veggies, sumptuous and good enough to finish a tasty meal, but making no major impression or selling point.
To sum it all up, Rustom is definitely entertaining, engrossing and one of the better thrillers Bollywood has seen in 2016. Given from the major clash this weekend of Rustom and Mohenjodaro, the former is without doubt the better choice.
My Rating: 3.5/5