Akshay Kumar is back with his weakest film of the year, Rustom.
Rustom explores the famous Nanavati murder case which has already spawned two films in the past. Akki plays the role of Rustom Pavri, a Parsi naval officer who catches his beautiful wife (Ileana D'Cruz) cheating on him with her lover (Arjan Bajwa). Cool as a cucumber, he shoots the lover and calmly surrenders himself at the nearest police station.
Director Tinu Suresh Desai takes an extremely interesting premise and manages to make it as dull as dishwater. The first half of the film tries very hard to create realistic characters but fails miserably. Instead of staying true to the original characters, the film tries to tack on some unnecessary traits that you'll understand when you watch the film. The second half of the film turns into a regular courtroom procedural that manages to throw up a couple of tiny twists but is otherwise boring as hell.
The art design and presentation of the film also leaves a lot to be desired. It comes across tacky as times and makes you doubt if this is really an A level film.
The saddest part about the movie is the fact that Akshay also seems not very interested. We have never seem him under-perform so much, almost to the point where he is sleepwalking through the movie. Ileana D'Cruz does her Katrina Kaif impression quite well while Arjan Bajwa does a fair job.
Overall, Rustom feels like a missed opportunity specially considering the face that it has a star like Akshay Kumar. Even die-hard Akki fans can give this one a miss. We shall go with two stars for the movie.