Direction: Tinu Suresh Desai
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Arjan Bajwa, Esha Gupta
Music: Surender Sodhi
Cinematographer: Santosh Thundiyil
Editor: Shree Narayan Singh
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
What is it about: This film is based on the true events from the crime case of K.M.Nanavati who shot his wife’s infidel. What happens post this forms the crux of the story directed by Tinu Suresh Desai.
Why it’s disappointing: The film has very minimal negative points, which doesn’t affect the flow much. For instance the VFX of the film was very poor, which could have been a great addition if at all it was done rightly. At many places it looked really pathetic. Then comes length of the film which gets little tiring towards the end. Being a court room drama, the audience get kind of stretched out if the film revolves in a closed space.
What to watch out for: Rustom comes over its shortcomings by a neat screenplay which doesn’t stagger around. It keeps the focus on the core subject throughout and spins a story which keeps you in knots for some time. Tinu Suresh did a fine job in casting which sat perfectly with respective characters.
Akshay Kumar can perform anything you ask of him, and when you give him an intense role like “Rustom” he does that with great integrity. He’s one of the decorated actor from Bollywood who can give the Khans run for their money. Akki dishes out another great one.
Ileana D’Cruz, was seen in a good attire after “Barfi” and she gave a good performance. The vintage looks fit her really pretty which brought a great glow out of her.
Esha Gupta was seen in a different attire and did it with a great poise. She looked ravishing and gave a commendable performance.
The rest of the supporting cast was at their best, especially Kumud Mishra as Erach Billimoria. He was hilarious and at the same time apt for the role. Arjan Bajwa was good which was closely followed by Sachin Khedekar and Pawan Malhotra.
The cinematography by Santosh Thundiyil was good, but the colour was too vivid, and I’m pretty sure it was done on purpose to bring the vintage look, but it looked over exposed.
Verdict: Tinu Suresh Desai was religiously following the screenplay and kept an intense mood right from the first frame. The film has a neat travel which keeps you pretty much hooked in wondering what’s happening. It may not be a perfect crime thriller, but dishes out a good one which won’t disappoint you. Definitely worth a watch for great performances and an honest screenplay.