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A celebrated navy officer shoots his wife's lover. Does he get convicted? The lover's sister wants him convicted, the wife wants to save him. In addition, there is some political undercurrent. Rustom promises to be a complex story.
However, we know that many a promising thrillers have been compromised and ended up being called damp squibs. With the grim plot and the serious undertone, I really hope Rustom isn't one of them.
Akshay Kumar is in his serious, “I mean business” mode which makes Rustom free from his otherwise action/comic gimmickry. That aside, the rest of the cast create intrigue too. Let's hope this intrigue stays and lives up to the build-up.
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "4/5"
glamsham - "/5"
IBN Live, IANS – "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "Four melodies lift Rustom’s soundtrack."
Music Aloud – "6.5/10"
Times Of India - "4/5"
Movie Talkies – "3.5/5"
Bollywood Life – "3.5/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
“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
Thumbs up, Bolly Spice : ... The newspaper man Billimoria, enacted by Kumud Mishra plays his small yet key role conveniently well.... full review
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...RUSTOM comes across as a well crafted crime thriller that meets expectations.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sarita Tanwar, DNA : ...Thoroughly absorbing and surprisingly entertaining., check it out.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Though part of the story is based on fact, it’s the relationship drama that actually makes this a thriller.... full review
Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...umar looks dashing in his Navy uniform and is dignity personified as the gallant Navy officer, who apologizes to a female witness before shredding her testimony on cross-examination. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raghav Jaitly, Zee News : ...intriguing to the core!... full review
So-So, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...Akshay Kumar is terrific in this average courtroom drama!... full review
So-So, by Mehul Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle : ...avan Malhotra, who played Lobo,an investigating officer, delivers a fine performance and justifies his screen time. ... full review
So-So, by Yatharth Chauhan, Desi Martini : ...Popcorn entertainment... full review
So-So, by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini : ...ohenjo Daro is an ambitious film and deserves credit for it.... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...he movie employs a lot of CGI to recreate an authentic period feel. That coupled with the entertainment value does make Rustom a decent watch. ... full review
So-So, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...RUSTOM would have been much better if the makers have had stuck to the basic plotline inspired from the 'real' incident ... full review
So-So, by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today : ...Akshay Kumar brings KM Nanavati back to life... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Vfx is awful and messy... full review
So-So, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...a one-time watch... full review
So-So, by Shaheen Parkar, MiD DAY : ...Akshay is yet again at his peak, choosing a film that gives him enormous scope to perform. ... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...This one's worth a watch only for Akshay Kumar. But if you're looking for laughs, Esha Gupta could help too.... full review
So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ... Rustom opts for a facile and melodramatic approach to the 1959 murder case. ... full review
So-So, by IANS, Sify Movies : ...Arjan Bawa as the manipulative and flamboyant Sindhi businessman, Vikram Makhija, essays his role convincingly.... full review
So-So, by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India : ...ustom lacks the unnerving tension exuded by well made courtroom dramas... full review
So-So, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...Akshay Kumar as Commander Rustom Pavri is flawless but he is let down by a script that is just not robust enough to support this portrayal.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...This is genuinely sad because if you sift out the frills, the faff and the chaff in Rustom, the pivotal plot is actually interesting and could have made for a solid thriller.... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Vaguely watchable, and that may be overstating it ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...what we get to see in the tediously long RUSTOM is a strong potential base of a ‘significant court case’ converted into a comedy, making no effort to enlighten the viewers about how it became a reason for ‘the landmark change’ in the judicial system of our country ‘abolishing the jury system’... full review
Thumbs down, by Ameet bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...There is however some unintended hilarity in there, that keeps one amused for some time. However, this is not enough to sail the movie through. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini : ...Mohenjo Daro is confused about whether it is set in the Indus Valley or somewhere in Egypt with all that dark eye make-up or in Rome with the gladiator fight.... full review
Thumbs down, by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...This Should Never Have Been Made ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna Vetticad, FirstPost : ...Akshay Kumar’s performance is more trying-to-be-intense than intense, which is disappointing coming in the same year as his quietly dignified turn in Airlift. ... full review
Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...The screenplay lacks cohesiveness, camerawork can’t hide the crumbliness of this endeavour ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rustom Jaiwantika Dutta-Dhupkar, fullhyd.com : ...The scenes which show the jury squabbling are probably meant to prove what a "buzz" the case had generated, but they lack focus. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suprateek Chatterjee, Huffington Post : ...It's a horrible, indigestible mixture — like a school play with an out-of-control budget.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...The first half of the film has a few interesting moments, but director Tinu Suresh Desai spends ways too much time setting up the affair ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...dreary piece of work... full review
Thumbs down, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...closely mirrors the Nanavati case but fails to capture its complexities ... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...You see, no possible fiction-based-on-fact disclaimer could have prepared me for the fact that Rustom is a parody.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Desai’s film stays true to its time, at least on the surface – the clothes are poofy; the hair even poofier.... full review
Thumbs down, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...Too smug for comfort... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Bali, Upper Stall : ...If at all anything works, then admittedly some of the courtroom drama does have its playing to the gallery moments and they work in their own corny way. ... full review
WriterAkku: #Rustom is awesome. @akshaykumar is simply superb. Screenplay of court room scenes could've been tighter in 2nd half. Still the movie is
VinayMitta: Watte movie! only AK can pull off! Definitely worth the watch #Rustom
ToshitJawale: #Rustom Awesome movie @ @akshaykumar We proud to have you in the industry. :)
SumitChand13: #Rustom I already watch RUSTOM 2 time n ready for 3rd time.....
srishujt: Watched #RUSTOM amazing movie.. Loved [email protected] amazing actor.. in love with ur acting.. ♡♡
Sonudas83: last night i watched #Rustom movie .. its nice to see @akshaykumar in navy dress . the movie was incredible .........
Sid_Chaurasiya: Rustom - decent watch. Avg CGI, editing could have been more crisp in 1st half, few actors hamming. 2nd half gripping + good comic relief.
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Ritu3300: I saw the movie Rustom with my family , nice performance.
RiteshT_: #Rustom on #IndepenceDay ! No other treat can be bigger than this and @akshaykumar you are just awesome as usual. Jai Hind✊
Prtk_Live: #PRDMovieReviews: @akshaykumar is the soul of #Rustom, he has played the character with flair and charishma!! Direction is good. Rating 3/5
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Jolly_Jinu: Liked more than before #Rustom
IAnkitSRKVivek: Watched #Rustom. Nice movie. Loved @akshaykumar's Acting.
gmfaheem: #Rustom Well crafted movie @akshaykumar you are living upto the expectations each and everytime.
fanofkkrforlife: watched rustom enjoyed it...
dravii: Rustom rocks
colorstylestore: #Rustom, one if the best ever. Thank you @akshaykumar.
CAG_aurav: RUSTOM - A very well decorated movie. Go watch. #Rustom
beingfazal: Rustom is really good
AtifSolanki: Just watched @Rustom_Film awesome movie Khusi ke aansu aa gye.. Such a great movie
arianasingh18: Awsm movies ....#rustom and mohenjodaro....great job done by all actor...#fab...#incredible...#soo far now i have seen such great movies..
amangupta0412: #Rustom perfect movie for a holiday... Congratulations @akshaykumar for the New hit..."Apne ko kya hai,apne ko to bs ek hit nikalna hai"...
aj_mindspark: #Rustom what a cleverly crafted movie! Akshay Kumar you just killed it with the uniform
Aayushis1234: What a fantastic film #Rustom is..I can't stop praising it !! @akshaykumar at it's BEST.No one other than you can do justice to the role..
_PVRCinemas: [email protected]_Film deals with a very interesting concept merged with excellent performances. Have you watched it yet? #PVR
shahparth10692: #rustom is one time watch romantic thriller where #mohenjodaro i awsome result of #hardwork @iHrithik @hegdepooja @agpplofficial
rahuldev2994: #Rustom is a nice movie strong at few points week at few points could have been better with the screenplay and editing
vikramsinhnaik: #Rustom being murder mystery is colourful n overdone while #MohenjoDaro being fantasy is dull n slow..Both boring n fragmenting history..
isudipto_7: Total crap #Rustom
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Wow Rustom is likely to trash Mohenjodaro.
Rustom should teach the custom of film making to Mohenjo Daro crew.
Much better than Mohenjo Daro
When the trailer shows in CAPITAL BOLD LETTERS THT THE MOVIE IS ABOUT - THE CASE WHICH REMOVED THE JURY SYSTEM FROM INDIAN COURTS i supposed it want to show why and how Jury system has been removed. But the movie never touches that part of the story. Infact the movie didnt even touched half the story of the CASE on which it has been based. And we get a movie which almost felt like a comedy movie with a whole lot of jokes (which i agree were good and crowed pleasing and i myself was angry for the treatment the movie has been given but also couldn't stop myself from laughing on the jokes) with some serious talks and twist plot as a side story..
I could have enjoyed it more , if only the trailers had not made me fool and if only i had put my expectations in the right basket.
And yes it has been made on a really low budget as compared to equally average film but higher on cost MOHENJO-DARO DARO. But the fact is that at least Mohenjo Daro doesn't look cheap..
@Meeta: is it intentional that the movie details section above does not have the cast & crew details? Typically you mention the banner, the director, the lead actors, ... but I didn't find them for Rustom's review.
The bumper opening of Rustom and the dismal opening of MJD among the premium multiplexes of metropolitan cities have indeed made the point i'm been emphasizing over the last 1 year about Akshay's ever increasing popularity among the urban multiplex crowd, an audience that once outrightly rejected even the biggest of his hits like Welcome and Rowdy Rathore. This is thanks to him doing solid urban pleasing content films like Special 26, OMG, Baby and Airlift. Hrithik on the other hand has shot himself on the foot and his popularity has been steadily declining among both the urban as well as the mass audiences. Long absence from the silver screen coupled with signing films like Bang Bang & MJD has done him no favors. Its unfortunate to see an actor who was the undisputed box office numero uno exactly 10 years ago with the blockbuster performance of Krrish & Dhoom-2 now struggle to even get a double digit opening.
As things stand now, these are the popularity ratings among the urban and mass sectors :
Premium multiplex metropolitan audience (~25%) :
1. Aamir Khan
2. Shah Rukh Khan
Tier 2 multiplex crowd of semi metros (~25%) :
Tier 3 multiplex crowd and single screen audiences (~50%) :
Shivaay would give us a better idea of Ajay's standing.
For all those fools and cynics hell bent on creating an illusion that this is end of Roshan, please remember that 1 film does not change a popularity status that's been accumulated for over a decade. Similar rubbish was being said in 2002-03 before Koi Mil Gaya and Lakshya released, the same was being said after Kites and Guzaarish before ZNMD, Agneepath and Krrish 3 turned it around and now the stories of the cynics continues after the MJD debacle. All HR needs is to do more films (3 every 2 years) and manage the cost and marketing of his movies better as per the extent of the target audience they cater to. He can take a cue out of Akshay's book in this regard. Over the last 2-3 years Akshay has mastered the art of doing medium budgeted, target audience specific films and promoting them to the fullest without going overboard with the costs. HR needs to do the same for now as he is no Salman or an Aamir who can deliver blockbuster with even 150 cr productions.
@Fan Not intentional. My mom feeds in the details, she is out on a vacation and I missed out on filling the details. Will do it in a couple of days.
Rustom is a silly courtroom drama filled with loopholes that's more funny than engaging. Its okay for a one time watch as a pure "masala entertainer". However, Tinu Suresh Desai as director can never match up to the suspense and edge of seat moment that a Neeraj Pandey directorial venture can provide. The climax is hasty and feels more like a "fill in the blanks" exercise.
@Meeta: no worries and no hurries.
I just happened to notice that the section was missing - and hence I remarked.
Now that sex comedies are not working, Rustom has filled the gap for them.
May be Masti 4 will have the three characters ogling in the courtroom of Bhai's hit and run case.
Nice Movie....Keep it up akshay....
Custom defeats Mohenro Jadoo in all ramnifications except Budget.
Rustom is unlikely to cross Dilwale (clash loser) domestically and Akshay Kumar is jumping about. In fact the overseas collection of Bajirao Mastani. Rustom and Mohenjo Daro put together may even be less than that of Dilwale.
Hahaha...funny to see that the distribution disaster Dullwale still has takers.
RUSTOM ->urban entertainer->50% target audience->2300 screens->1.4 cr footfalls
DILWALE->mass entertainer->universal audience->3300 screens->1.6 cr footfalls.
Only a mathematics failure would not get this dynamics. Overseas is hyped humbug anyways as even the biggest of grossers like PK and 3 Idiots hardly record 1 cr footfalls from rest of the world. Its a known fact that the con artist has been a hige superstar among the overseas audience (which totally forms <5% of the total bollywood watching audience on this planet).
If at all Akshay's RUSTOM has an SRK equivalent in terms of target audience and genre, its gotta be the movie FAN. Now let's not get into a Rustim vs Fan comparison as it would be humiliating for the self proclaimed king to get owned by a second rung star who was a nobody during SRK's golden phase of the late 90's and early 2000's :P
The Jungle Book vs Rustom
Bajirao Mastani vs Rustom
At least Fan did not collect 2 rupees like Joker.
If Rustom had clashed with TJB it would have been less than 95cr.
India has a population of 125cr, so what is universal about 3.55cr footfalls of PK and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Very soon Hollywood films will take over India when the Khans are gone.
The world does not revolve around any human. That star you are mocking is the richest Hindi film star of all time, has a successful marriage, is doing well socially, negatives smoking and drinking. Same with the actors of Rustom and Mohenjo Daro. You coming here to mock any of them will not get 0.1% of their wealth, fame, or relevance.
hahaha...so now that u do not have any valid arguments to make you start typing nonsense about the so called "stars" and their wealth. No one is interested in these actors and the amount of wealth they possess and neither does anyone have an idea of whose the richest among them. Factually, they're all heavily overpaid and no one would deny that.
Regarding a 3.55 cr footfall being "universal", yes in a country of 1.25 cr population where the Hindi language is spoken and understood by 60% of the total number and where >50% of the population lives below poverty line, we cannot really expect anything >20% of the population to turn up and watch films in theaters in these times of expensive ticket prices and rampant online piracy. Include the number of people watching pirated films on torrent and the biggies would end up with over 10 cr viewership, just like the blockbusters of the 70's recorded 8-10 cr theatrical footfall during the days of single screen theaters and no internet.
And yeah, please keep your Jungle Book fantasy to yourself. TJB is a one off performer in India of "Titanic" proportions. A pea sized brain such as your's would not understand the concept of a "once in a generation" movie. As much as you slave around that worthless American jingoistic film factory called "Hollywood", it can never produce a movie which can record even 60% of the footfalls of the biggest Bollywood blockbuster of its times, forget overtake it! Even one in a generation films like Jungle Book have a footfall count of 1.8 cr which is about 50% lower than that of PK and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Now I know you're gonna give another stupid, nonsense response but spamming and harping gas is something that online trolls like yourself expertise in anyway!
TJB makes half of PK collections in India but PK cannot make 1% of Star Wars: The Force Awakens collections in the United States.
The Jungle Book has the best word of mouth since 3 Idiots.
The Jungle Book finished SRK, what Bollywood failed to do.
The Jungle Book did not get up to the number of screens that PK, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and Sultan had faced competition from Ki and Ka as well as Fan, no holiday hype, no star actor, animation. and a 12 yr old. What did the Khans, Roshan, Kumar, and Devgn collect when they were 12yrs old? zero rupees.
TJB is the biggest blockbuster in India in this decade. As per business Aashiqui 2 and Chaar Sahibzade are bigger blockbusters than D3, CE, K3, PK, and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. This makes Aditya Roy Kapoor and Harman Baweja as the big gainers of Bollywood in this decade.
Hollywood is a big Industry and it makes profits all over the world. At least it does not produce useless arguments about who is a star or not. The first day collection of their debutantes in big releases grosses more than Mohenjodaro and Fan worldwide figures in 8 hours.
Hollywood produces stars every 2 weeks and Bollywood has produced only HR in this century.
I wonder what slave of [Comment partially deleted because it is in bad taste] capitalism and jingoism (most of which is depicted in their pseudo nationalistic Hollywood films with 90% of them involving the world coming to an end) is doing on an Indian cinema review forum anyway. TJB's performance in India is a one off and its a once in a generation movie (something akin to Titanic). And NO, TJB has NOT carried the best WOM this decade among a "pan India" audience. TJB's wom was at best at par with Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan that too only among the urban tier 1 and semi urban tier 2 cities. That too with 50% of its collections coming from the Hindi version. [Comment partially deleted because it is a personal attack] can wait all their lives, no Hollywood movie would ever get beyond 60% of the footfalls of a Hindi language blockbuster in India in the next 50 years at least. As for a global audience, comparing an English language feature film with a Hindi language one is a futile exercise as at least 15% of the world's population is well versed with English as either their 1st, 2nd or 3rd language. Add to that America's famous crooked economic might which throws up its ugly face in every field every now and then! But yes, unlike the European nations and the far east, India is one of those rare countries where Hollywood still trails behind the local film factories by a distance and I am sure that distance would be maintained for a long time to come (unfortunate for the slaves of the [Comment partially deleted because it is in bad taste]!)
Awaiting 6 more comments of yap yap yap yap from the troll :P
@Anuj discussion on any film is alright on this forum.
People enter into occupations to make money and so the amount of money a star makes is relevant as well as that of a film to its producers, distributors etc. I still maintain that the Khans are benefitting from a failed Bollywood system of harnessing young talents. If Bollywood does not address its shortcomings it will be undermined by a few Hollywood films. I wont discuss whether a Hollywood film will match Bollywood collections, the question is what next after the Khans or do we expect to see Varun Dhawan's son saying I want to watch an Aamir Khan film FDFS in 9yrs time. Moreover TJB had nothing new to offer and it outgrossed many Hindi films this year. The South is also threatening the Hindi market, apart from Aamir Khan starrers doing well in The US, China, South Korea and Hongkong, and Dilwale's extraordinary run in Malaysia (perhaps using DDLJ's legacy) I have not seen Bollywood expand its territory within or outside India. I guess its time to rethink how to get more money into the system, there are good looking and talented young guys and ladies who can give the Khans, Kumar, Devgn and Roshan a run for their fame and money and if Bollywood fails to get it right. Tamil, Telugu, and English language films will get the better of the Hindi film industry.
"People enter into occupations to make money and so the amount of money a star makes is relevant as well as that of a film to its producers, distributors etc."~ the money made by an actor through brand endorsements or his acting fee has nothing to do with his popularity among the audiences. An actor's popularity is purely about the footfalls and viewership generated by his films over a long period of time. As in 2016, Akshay Kumar is Hindi cinema's most profitable and highest paid actor as well as Hindi cinema's highest taxpayer. Does that imply that he's more popular than any of the Khans', Amitabh Bachchan or even Hrithik without ever delivering a 150 cr nett domestic grosser? I don't think do, although I guess dumb fansboys might disagree :P
A nice film, that is more fiction than fact - even though going into it I was under the impression that it will be the other way round. Although not a problem to have a fictional story based on a real life incident.
Knowing the real life incident, and having seen the first Bollywood attempt on this story (Achanak by Gulzar starring Vinod Khanna), I was expecting Rustom to be an open and shut case. But I was surprised. The film had sufficient twists to keep the viewers engaged. Although probably not required to show Rustom as the greatest of all in a way that nobody is able to figure out what he did and why he did it - and then allowing Rustom to explain it calmly. The same (showinh Rustom unbeatable) could have been done differently and better if the director would have chosen to do so.
Songs are good - well balanced in the film.
Performances are a let down though. Ileana has to wear the guilty look throughout, and Akshay is in full decorated navy uniform all the time (well almost all).
Akshay pulls off yet another film on soldier / loyalty to armed services and country / patriotism. He has really mastered this genre. Maybe he will be known as the Mr. Bharat of the 2000s?
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