In Focus: Rustom is a strong man in a weak story

Posted on Aug 17 2016 - 3:50pm
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In a cinema that is more often than not known for its glamour and excessive glitz than its strong narratives, Bollywood remains at a vantage point where it cannot decide between good stories and unwarranted drama. However, Rustom is a story-based thriller that you would either love or hate, but with acting from none other than Akshay Kumar as the eponymous Rustom, does the film manage to hold its ground?

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For many, Rustom (Akshay Kumar) is a baffling man in a puzzling film. The narrative, which is taken from the sensational 1959 Nanavati case –that changed the Indian judicial system’s jury approvals, revolves around the story of Rustom, an Indian Naval Commander, and his wife Cynthia (Ileana D’Cruz), set with a backdrop of love, honour, betrayal, murder, and adultery. Ensuing chaos and thrill at almost every turn, the film has a strong story before the interval, which will keep you glued to your seats, guaranteed.

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However, can one expect an Akshay Kumar film to be completely flawless? The answer is no. Directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, Rustom’s biggest issues, remain in its own production. Whereas the film begins proclaiming that it’s a work of fiction, the film has a no-holds barred approach to the case it is based on. Almost in every turn, one would find the most intricate of details taken from that case. That being said, the only place where the film seems to not take inspiration from the reality, is Kumar’s seemingly awry act of being a Parsi, which has zero charm of the community that one loves thanks to their distinctiveness.

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Despite its weaknesses in authenticity in characters, Rustom by no means is a weak film. It has its fair share of strong acting prowess by both leads and the antagonist femme fatale (Esha Gupta), who reminds us of all those female sirens from yesteryear’s Hollywood, and manages to capture the story in its own way. While, no doubt for anyone who wanted an experience akin to the Nanavati case will be slightly disappointed, one should watch it for its own style of storytelling.

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Lastly, one would undoubtedly have a love-hate relationship with the film’s use of colour. While it depicts the style and art of the late fifties-early sixties, the film is the opposite of a sight for sore eyes. From the bright colours in the background to the excessive use of 50’s Americana (Yes, in an Bollywood film!), Rustom seems to be trying a little too hard.

In simpler words, while Kumar essays the role of a naval officer perfectly with his stringent persona, who is only seemingly vulnerable in front of those who he loves, the film fails because it explores the world of heroism and honour a little too much. However, if that’s what you love, let us recommend Rustom as the perfect watch for this weekend!

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In Focus: Rustom is a strong man in a weak story was last modified: August 17th, 2016 by greendecker

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