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Rustom Movie Review

Akshay Kumar is the actual Khiladi of Bollywood, not because he gives box office hits one after the other but he also never hesitates to associate himself with new directors and their teams. Now, this needs guts, a trait and confidence which not every other superstar can carry on their shoulders. This is the third release of Khiladi Kumar this year (after Airlift and Housefull 3) and yet he has walked another mile to do something different from his previously released movies this year. Will he be able to make a hat trick this year? Rustom is the second movie of Tinu Suresh Desai (his first was 1920 London, released a few months back). Will he be able to pull off the show with his direction? Let’s explore what Rustom has to showcase to its viewers.

Rustom is based on a true life incident which occurred in 1959, which actually ended the jury system in the state. Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar) is an honored naval officer who returns home unexpectedly early from his sea mission. To surprise his beloved wife, Cinthia Pavri (Ileana D’Cruz) he prefers not to inform her and visit her with a bouquet. He gets the shock of his life when he gets to know that Cynthia had developed an affair with Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa). In furious state, without leaving his senses, Rustom kills Vikram and then he surrenders himself to the police. When Preeti Makhija (Esha Gupta) gets to know about her brother’s demise, she hires the best lawyer Lakshman Khangani (Sachin Khedekar) to fight the case against Rustom. What happens next in the courtrooms and outside the court is what Rustom is all about.

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Performance wise, Rustom is one of Akshay Kumar’s mature performances. He is crisp, to the point and very calculated. He carries the entire movie on his able shoulders. It’s great to see Sachin Khedekar back in such a pivotal role and he nails it, in every frame. Pawan Malhotra as a dutiful police officer is another ace in Rustom. He is an underrated actor but very dependable. Ditto for Kumud Mishra; he is first rate.

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Esha Gupta and Ileana Gupta both need some time to work a little harder on their dialect and expressions. Arjan Bajwa is okay. Special mention for the hawker-kid (Naman Jain), a very solid performer. This kid is getting better and better with every new movie.

There are some great scenes in Rustom for instance when Pawan Malhotra plays chess with Akshay in the lock-up. Brilliantly executed with whimsical touch; plus the courtroom scenes are very well written keeping the human approach in mind. Music wise, Rustom is decent as all the songs are mostly in the background and are okay.

With such an ensemble cast full of veterans there is still something that keeps missing in Rustom. Rustom is a decent watch but not the best one.

  • Direction
  • Performances
  • Music
  • Script
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