Akshay Kumar’s ‘Rustom’ will keep you hooked throughout

Movie Review: Akshay Kumar’s ‘Rustom’ will keep you hooked throughout

 

STORY

‘Rustom’ is based on a true story of the infamous 1959 K.M. Nanavati case vs. the State of Maharashtra case. The story caught the imagination of the entire nation, as the naval officer pleads guilty for the murder of his wife’s lover. It was publicized as a passion crime rather than a cold-blooded murder. The film is a suspense thriller which unravels the events of that day because no one, except for Rustom, knows what exactly happened that day.

 

THUMBS UP MOMENTS

 

Akshay Kumar is brilliant as Rustom but it is the story that is the star performer. Unlike most drama films, ‘Rustom’ is low on melodrama. The two halves are different from each other but the transition from first half to the other is seamless. The suspense has been seeped well in the film and one is engrossed n the story till the end. The makers have been able to re-create the 50s vibe effectively. The sets, interiors and the costumes look very authentic.

 

THUMBS DOWN MOMENTS

 

The courtroom drama in the second half, though good, could have been better. The scenes in the courtroom are not as high-octane as we expected them to be. Also, Rustom’s popularity in the film might have been stretched a bit. Right outside the courtroom he is greeted by the public like a superstar. We know Nanavati was a popular figure, but nobody waited for him with bouquets of flowers.

 

STAR PERFORMANCES

 

Akshay Kumar as K.M. Nanavati is subtle and riveting. Though he has played men in uniform before, it is his first time playing a naval officer. Akshay has been able to overcome the biggest challenge of the character, which is to make him likeable despite the crime that he has committed.

Ileana D’Cruz as Rustom’s wife gives a strong support to Akshay. It is for the first time she has appeared in a serious role and she has justified the character.

Esha Gupta too plays a negative character for the first time. As an avenging sister of the murdered man she is very convincing.

Both the leading ladies looks ravishing in their 50s look.

The film also boasts of good performance by Kumud Mishra (journalist), Pavan Malhotra (Chief Investigating Officer) and Arjan Bajwa (Ileana’s lover). The entire support cast has been effective in their roles.

 

MUSIC

 

The music of the film has been a huge hit among the audience. Romantic tracks like Tere Sang Yaara and Tay Hai have been topping the charts since their release. The music and the background score are very much in sync with the storyline of the film.

 

VERDICT

 

Overall, ‘Rustom’ is a decent watch. Though it has pacing issues at few places, good storyline, great music, strong performances and a neat screenplay makes up for it. It is the kind of film that will keep you engrossed till the end. Neeraj Pandey and Akshay Kumar have again given us a solid film. Go and watch ‘Rustom’ as it is definitely one of the better films of this year.   

 

Bollypedia rating: 3/5 stars

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