New Delhi: Keeping in mind the timeline of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar's recent films, it wouldn't be wrong to say that he is one of the most versatile stars that Indian cinema has ever witnessed. Tinu Suresh Desai's latest release 'Rustom' is a firm proof of his mind-blowing performance.
The much-anticipated film is said to be based on the 1959 real-life court case of KM Nanavati v State of Maharashtra. The story revolves around a decorated naval officer who is pleading not guilty in the court for the murder of his wife's boyfriend. Well, if you think this is complicated, then wait a little further as things will only get more entangled from here. 'Rustom' clearly reflects intelligent filmmaking.
After 'Special 26', 'Baby', 'Airlift' and 'Holiday', we have started expecting better scripts from Akki. And 'Rustom' being released just a few days before the Independence day, it is stupid not to anticipate a patriotic angle to the flick. And, it does justice to our expectations. First-half of 'Rustom' was completely dedicated to setting up a base for its latter part.
What must not be neglected in 'Rustom' is that it has got many layers to it. The screenplay of the movie showcases various scandals taking place at the same time.
Undoubtedly, the twists and turns will leave you on the edge of your seat from the beginning. At the same time, the intensity of dissemination of the real content makes sure that the film moves with a steady pace.
The second half of the film aims at doing justice to your time and money. The courtroom drama will ensure that entertainment quotient remains high. Be it arguments, witnesses or evidence, everything leads to a different revelation that is likely to stun you at all levels.
The casting of this film has been brilliantly done. Ileana D'Cruz as Cynthia Pavri will make you doubt the intentions of her on-screen character. Esha Gupta's acting gets somewhere lost in the smoke. Arjan Bajwa has a lil' less screen-space but he does justice to his role. What surprised us the most in 'Rustom' is how Kumud Mishra added charm to his character of a journalist. He made audiences laugh with his brutally honest dialogues. Khiladi Kumar has portrayed his character as if he was born to wear the naval uniform.
Music is well synced in the screenplay. Individually, 'Rustom' as a music album is outstanding but it was a wise decision to use less of it in the film.
Tinu has made 'Rustom' more thrilling and interesting by keeping it on the track and not adding any unneeded garnishing. Without-a-doubt, the film will make you switch sides. Just like the on-screen jury, even you will argue with yourself whether 'Rustom' is guilty or not. If you want to test your decision-making abilities, then definitely go for this flick.
Akshay Kumar's 'Rustom' is a good watch this monsoon.