What would you have done? If you knew that your wife was having an extra-marital affair with your friend? Would you have cold bloodily murder her lover or would have just kept quite ??
If you ask me..I, currently will not have any answer at this point..anyway, one of the most awaited film of the year, Neeraj Pandey’s production venture #Rustom releases today & I chose to watch it over #Mohenjodaro.
So, Before You Watch Akshay Kumar’s Rustom, I would like to share some facts about The Nanvati Case, the entire film is based on.
This very case has inspired several Bollywood movies, plays and books including R K Nayar’s Ye Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (1963) starring Sunil Dutt and Leela Naidu, Gulzar’s Achanak (1973) starring Vinod Khanna and Lily Chakraborty and Indra Sinha’s book The Death of Mr Love (2002).
This is a story involving an extra-marital affair that resulted in a murder. The trial of the murderer garnered unprecedented media coverage and the circumstances in which the murder took place resulted in huge public sympathy for him.
This is also one of the first cases through which the maverick lawyer, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, came into the limelight for the first time.
Original /Film story :
Kamas Maneckshaw Nanavati was an Indian Naval Officer who had settled in Mumbai with his English wife, Sylvia, and their two children. As his work required him to be away from his family for long periods of time, his wife began an affair with his friend Prem Ahuja. Sylvia wanted to divorce Nanavati and marry Ahuja, but he refused. Unable to take the refusal, she revealed about the affair to Nanavati when he returned to his family.
Nanavati controlled his anger. He dropped Sylvia and their two children to a nearby cinema hall, proceeded to the Naval Docks from where he withdrew his pistol and six cartridges on an excuse, finished his shift and went to Ahuja’s office.
As he did not find him there. He proceeded to Ahuja’s flat and confronted him there asking whether he would marry Sylvia and take in his children.
He refused.,.Nanavati shot him dead.
The debatable question, whether the killing was a premeditated murder or an act of self-defence, forms the story line of this two and half hour plus film.
Script writer Vipul Rawal offers nothing new that is not available on the public forum. The first half of the film is really bad, boring,luck luster & directionless.
The sub-plot, which is introduced forcefully, to give a patriotic slant to Rustom’s character and justify his action, is predictable and looks forced.
Humour in the second half of the film especially in the court room scenes offers a small measure of relief in an otherwise predictable & bad told narrative.
The 1960 era has been recreated very tackily with an overdose of sepia tones, orange colored skies, yellowish Backgrounds etc
.The second half shows a lot of promise in the court room and although there are a few interesting moments, it fails to engross you & make you sit at the edge of your seat.
The plot definitely had the potential to be a fast racy thriller, but unfortunately the potential was not well exploited.
The scene where the jury members debate over the outcome of the case looks very childish & unprofessional.
.The film lacks the element of excitement & real emotion:..therefore, ends up as a total Dud.
Why the hell does the focus shift from the extra-marital affair plot to a patriotic story…I guess, in order to make Akshay’s character Rustom a Hero rather than calling him a murderer.
Btw, the actual reason why Rustm’s wife decides to cheat on him coz he doesn’t listen to her & goes on a 6 month long sail. So in-order to get back at him as she felt abandoned & lonely. That’s basically, what led to the affair in the first place..How lame-(-(
Akshay Kumar does a decent job as Rustom Pavri with good conviction. A husband who is passionately in love with his wife. He is totally fabulous in the courtroom scenes.
Illeana D’Cruz as Cynthia Pavri, is quite convincing & looks very beautiful.
Arjan Bawa as the manipulative and flamboyant Sindhi businessman, Vikram Makhija, essays his role with great conviction & honesty.
Esha Gupta as Preeti Makhija, is just about okay but still managed to look hot.
Kumud Mishra as Erach Billimoria, the editor of the tabloid is brillaint & adds the right dose of humour to the film.
Sachin Khedekar as the Public Prosecutor, Kangani, is good and Pavan Malhotra as the Investigating Officer, Vincent Lobo, delivers an extraordinary performance.
A special mention goes to my friend Samir Shah for the good performance in a small role. Hope to see a lot more of you sir.
Though the actors perform well, they fail to save the film & its bad treatment-(
Overall, Rustom” could have been more fast paced & thrilling, but fails instead-( A one time watch
PS : I am not watching Mohenjodaro…No time to waste-