A couple of early films had been spawned by the unfavourably known 1959 Nanavati case. Up till now, anyone that involved such a handsome naval officer, his pretty and lonely wife,her lover, and a sensational murder had been so close to the great excitement of real life incident.
Similarly, a stronger allegiance to the Nanavati case than Akshay Kumar’s Rustom has been in both Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke and Achanak, having the core idea in addition to the layer of extra clandestine ends. The idea might have been to boost up an already spicy plot, but the consequent dilution has been unfavourable to the film.
Moreover, the film doesn’t appear fashioned like the unfolding the Nanavati Case For Dummies. The appearance explicitly expressed that the characters define themselves what they have seen, done and intended to do. Each character is being involved in delivering the assigned dialogues. The film could be taken a ‘period’, as the sets, the costumes, and the locations screamed the attention and declaimed by the characters.
Yet all complexity from the film is leached by the treatment. The superfluous lies on the screen that flattened further with the characters getting in and outRustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar) as the naval officer-cum-cuckold, his incapable wife Cynthia (Ileana D’Cruz), the other guy Vikarm Makhija (Arjan Bajwa), his extra-glamorous&vengeful sister (Esha Gupta), chief investigating officer Lobo (Pavan Malhotra), eager beaver newspaper man Billimoria (Kumud Mishra): all communicated in a rigid manner, and at the second half, the film shifts to the fight in the court, and is turned into a procedural, where it is getting blunted and dull.
The film doesn’t give a single frisson of excitement or fear or any real emotion. So, a crime of such high passion turned into such a dreary piece of work by the filmmaker is questionable.
The situations around the corner are due to the woman who erred, hurt by her husband,and restlessly wanting to get back to him but the question is; why couldn’t she just plainly get attracted by another man? In the first place, an affair like situation came at a time when almost all are silent about such things that why Rustom made in 2016, characterized by a desirous woman? It turned D’Cruz into an embarrassment,too-flushed, badly-made-up, instead of a woman, intensely demanding attention and cherishing it as her right, not just Gupta came off an over-painted, over-coiffed, slit-eyed harpy.
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In which, the lover deserves to die, not for, sleeping with the wife, but because he is a greedy, corrupt `gaddar’, accompanied by shady white people. The gun that caused the fellow to die, wielded by the naval officer who he is not a murderer, but how can Akshay the Hero become a weak killer?
Certainly, weakest spot of the film is that one, which in spite of being a leading man trying hard to fill his part with star appeals. This is the all by the script paper over his human weakness that made Akshay enthusiastic for his noble character. This is his first-time appearance with on board his shop, shining in white and decorated uniform, an old-style`entry’. The film is instantly deadened by the character that should have taken Akshay into a braver, rockier terrain than he has inhabited presently.
In Airlift, he was shown that how skillfully he was chosen and run a quasi-real part.And despite its many concessions to ‘reality’, the film worked because the star ensured believable feeling. The only time you can connect it with Rustom is when you see the anguish and pained resolve in Akshay’s eyes.
Only that feeling and other emotions like coming with the territory of love and betrayal and murder– embedded in the film.