Rustom - Review
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“What happened” might be one of the most consuming question in a thriller. Then maybe, “how and why”. But, all is lost when the narrator messes up the “how the audience finds out.” This is where Rustom loses out in a thriller that otherwise might just have worked out.
One of the biggest cop-outs is when the perpetrator tells how he did it to another character, rather than the story-teller showing us how it happened. Even the best of reveals comes across as too easy or too lame or both when that happens. Rustom not only does that, but also has two parallel threads running that don't connect completely in the end.
I love a well-done court-room drama, but Rustom doesn't quite make it engaging. There are loopholes and convenient coincidences. In its attempt to keep things light, it makes caricatures out of the prosecutor, the judge and the owner of a newspaper.
The main characters all have to wear one expression through the film. Akshay Kumar, the accused, is stern (garbed as restrained?). Ileana D'cruz, the accused's cheating wife is sorry. Arjan Bajwa, the supposed villain smirks and his sister, Esha Gupta, the supposed vamp, smirks more. That is more or less what they do.
They are all styled like they are in the 50s-60s. Whether or not it is authentic, it sure is refreshing. At times even distracting from the story. The story by itself works, the back and forth in time-line notwithstanding. But, it all comes crumbling down in the end.
It's a safe bet to say that a thriller that goes wrong with its climax is likely to fail as a thriller. If it were not for that, Rustom might just have worked, despite its disengaging performances.
- meeta, a part of the audience
- Violence: One murder. And a few slaps.
- Language: Clean
- Nudity & Sexual content: The plot revolves around an extra marital affair. Nothing explicit shown.
- Concept: A murder mystery plus court room drama
- General Look and Feel: A setting of the 50s-60s that somewhat works.
Rustom - Movie Details
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- Banner: A Friday Filmworks, Kriaj Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Essel Vision Productions Ltd, Cape of Good Films, Plan C Studios
- Producer: Neeraj Pandey, Aruna Bhatia, Nittin Keni, Akash Chawla, Virender Arora, Ishwar Kapoor
- Director: Tinu Suresh Desai
- Lead Cast: Akshay Kumar
- Supporting Cast: Ileana D'Cruz, Sachin Khedekar, Arjan Bajwa, Esha Gupta, Pawan Malhotra, Parmeet Sethi, Kumud Mishra, Usha Nadkarni, Brijendra Kala, Anang Desai, Kanwaljit Singh, Abhay Kulkarni, Deepak Gheewala, Gireesh Sahedev, Indraneel Bhattacharya, Varun Verma, Ishteyak Khan, Naman Jain, Subhashis Chakraborty, Vipul Rawal, Baldev Duggal, Tauseef Patel, Naman Gupta, Suresh Sippy, Rajesh Khatri, Ranjan Raj, Samir Shah, Haresh Khatri, Homi Wadia, Mohit Satyanand, Alok Singh, Jyoti Patel, Pradeep Chaudhary, Ramakant Sharma, Burjor Dastoor, Om Prakash Mathur, Kamal Karamchandani, Rajiv Malik, Harshdev Sharma, Anil Madhusudan Khopkar, Devina Medda, Abhilasha Patil, Sammanika Singh
- Story: Vipul Rawal
- Screenplay: Vipul Rawal
- Dialogues: Vipul Rawal
- Cinematography: Santosh Thundiyil
- Editor: Shree Narayan Singh
- Background Score: Surender Sodhi
- Action Choreography: Abbas Ali Moghul, Peter Pedrero
- Choreography: Brinda, Howard Rosemeyer
- Music Director: Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Gannguli, Raghav Sachar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee
- Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 150 minutes
- Reviewer: meeta
- Language: Hindi
- Country: India
- Genres: Thriller
Rustom - Trailer
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