Rustom Movie Review: Rustom is a thriller film directed by Tinu Desai. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Ileana D'crouz and Esha Gupta in the lead roles. The film releases this Friday in India. Excluding all other details, let's go to Rustom review straight.
Rustom has a story which is explained in layers. First of all, it is not based on Nanavati case and is fictional work where too many other things are going on. The director has tried to justify the tagline of the film murderer, traitor, and patriot. But Tinu Desai could not execute that well. The audience anticipated for that big punch which it could not deliver.
The film takes off quite an unusual way and comes straight to the point. Still, Akshay Kumar's character is built up brilliantly. I wish that I can say to say the same for the other cast. The weakest part of the story is the patriotic angle. The conspiracy theory involving India's Naval security makes no sense at all. The first half is a long wait and much of the drama happens after the interval. The editing needs to crispier which is required for thrillers. Rustom could have been shortened by 15-20 minutes as a lot of time is wasted on slow motions and flashbacks.
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Having said so, Rustom has been shot well and despite the low budget, production values are good. 1960's world looks almost perfect as the makers have kept a close eye on the detailings. The music and cinematography are another plus points. Tere Sang Yara which captures the romance between Akshay and Ileana is too good. The dialogues are fun. Few of the court scenes are stellar and Tinu seems to have got an inspiration from Neeraj Pandey. The background score is over-dramatic and does not leave a good impression.
I would like to repeat the same. Is there anything that Akshay Kumar cannot do? It is hard to believe that the same guy was playing the character of Sandy a couple of months back. As an honest naval Commander Rustom Pavri, he has played his character with full gusto. The intensity in his eyes, dialogue delivery, screen presence etc everything was perfect. It is a performance which is at par with Airlift and Baby. But again it is sad to see that he does not get much-deserved appreciation at the award shows. Do watch out for whistles on his entry in the film.
Ileana D Cruz is a powerhouse of talent and she proves it yet again. She excels, especially in the intense sequences. Esha Gupta does a commendable job. Special mention will be for the Police inspector Pawan Malhotra.
Rustom has some well-crafted courtroom drama and melodious tones. But Akshay Kumar's stellar performance is enough to make it a good watch.
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