Movie : Rustom
Category : New Age Indian Film Industry
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Arjan Bajwa, Pavan Malhotra, Kumud Mishra, Usha Nadkarni
Director: Tinu Suresh Desai
Music: Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Ganguly, Raghav Sachar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Rustom has Akshay Kumar written all over it. He single handily carries the movie on his bankable shoulders. Even though the overall storyline is a bit predictable, he ensures you watch it till the very end.
The movie starts with a navy officer returning early from his assignment only to find out his wife is cheating on him with his friend. Cut two – he shoots his friend and surrenders. What follows is a series of courtroom conversations; some of which are remarkably directed and some are merely disappointing.
The story is inspired by a real-life incident which took place way back in late 50’s. The writers have woven in a patriotic angle to the story hoping to leave the audience bemused. Alas, the screenplay uncovers the story.
Akshay Kumar delivers brilliantly as a Parsi Navy officer. His body language, rate of speech and expressions are on par with his character definition in the movie.
Illeana does justice to her role, she looks dazzling in her outfits and convinces you how sorry she is for cheating on her husband.
Esha looks perfect for a rich amour-propre businesswoman outlook, however, her expressions do not match with how sad or angry she is at her brother’s death. There is a scene in which she is by the pool when she gets a call that her brother is murdered, she rushes to her brother’s with fabulous new clothes, hair, makeup et all. Even in the courtroom scenes, she has no signs of melancholy when questioned about her brother’s life. Call out for attention to detail here Mr. director!
Kumud Mishra leaves a lasting impression as a budding Parsi Press Owner. Here is a side actor who knows his craft and can deliver in the short screen time he has.
The art directors have given umpteen attention to detailing. The courtrooms, post-offices even the interiors of an old Parsi house have been set up with precision. The cinematography is decent, no fancy camera angles to project a retro look perhaps! The music is ok-ish, no great songs except for Atif’s magical voice in Tere Sang Yaara.
Rating: 2/5 (One time watch)