Review By : Release Date : Aug 12,2016 Movie Run Time : 2hrs 30minutes
Censor Rating : U/A
Rustom (aka) Rustam review
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Production: Neeraj Pandey
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Esha Gupta, Ileana
Direction: Tinu Suresh Desai
Screenplay: Vipul K. Rawal
Story: Vipul K. Rawal
Music: Ankit Tiwari, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Raghav Sachar
Cinematography: Santosh Thundiyil
Dialogues: Vipul K. Rawal
Editing: Shree Narayan Singh
Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir

Looks like Akshay Kumar has caught on a recent fascination for movies which revolve around incidents that ardently belong to the political thriller genre. The recent Rustom is the newest addition to this collection. Does it manage to keep us at the edge of our seats? Read on to find out.

Rustom is a story of how 3 shots fired set the wheel in motion for an incident that will affect the life of a naval officer. Cruising along these lines the story packs elements of mystery, suspense and a fair deal of thrill.

Rustom begins with a small sequence that is an ode to the life of navy men. But with no further ado it jumps into the story and gets the plot running. Taking up a well-acquainted courtroom thriller template the director brings in his touch by treating this like an old gift that slowly unwraps itself. He adds a few lighter moments here and there to gain a few chuckles but they do not work any wonders. No doubt it has a promising screenplay but we wish it was subject to refined execution. But we tip our hat to the editor. One of those rare instances where the editing is so slick that the jumps between different sequences are smooth.

The cast do their jobs well enough. Akshay Kumar takes charge after the interlude. Ileana is apt and  manage to convey what she is required to. The music directors have made their presence felt with songs that are hum-worthy. The BGM is a good addition to the movie and gets certain sequences to sail smoothly.

The visuals do disappoint though and in many cases it’s quite plainly evident that the backdrop premise is an erected set. We do get the retro feel but it is artificial and we wish it was natural. Although a few shots do show the potential of the DOP, it gets lost due to the look of the premise. Similarly few cliché elements seem to have been lifted from the old textbook (Like “How to prolong the suspense of a scene”). But overall, the director has given us a product that somehow manages to be a decent watch.

Verdict: Verdict: A decent watch that suffers from sets that give an artificial cardboard feel
( 2.25 / 5.0 )
By Behindwoods Review Board

Rustom (aka) Rustam

Rustom (aka) Rustam is a Hindi movie with production by Neeraj Pandey, direction by Tinu Suresh Desai, cinematography by Santosh Thundiyil, editing by Shree Narayan Singh. The cast of Rustom (aka) Rustam includes Akshay Kumar, Esha Gupta, Ileana.