Critics Review


Akshay Kumar delivers an intriguing courtroom drama

The premise is fairly simple. Director Tinu Desai's characters reveal themselves rather obviously: A heartbroken naval officer, his cheating wife, the Casanova lover, his evil sister, sympathetic cops, an ambitious reporter and an overtly confused jury. But, slowly and surely, the movie grips you. Akshay Kumar ensures that you root for Rustom Pavri. After Holiday, Baby and Airlift, it�s one more step for his brand of patriotism. It�s an intriguing film for sure.(more)

Source: Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times


Rustom is a one-time watch.

Akshay Kumar will be the highlight of this film and it will have to ride on his shoulders alone to work at the box office. For those who just want to catch a flick without its relation to Nanavati case, it makes up for a decent watch. I plead guilty that I suggest this film!(more)

Source: Surabhi Redkar, Koimoi


Akshay Kumar is terrific in this average courtroom drama!

Rustom is not a bad film in essence, however a little more conviction in the narrative could have made it one of the best courtroom dramas of all time. Watch it purely for Akshay Kumar or watch it if you want to know the basic skeleton of the Nanavati case (if you are too lazy to read its Wikipedia page).(more)

Source: Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life


Akshay Kumar film is flat-out dull

In Airlift, he showed how he could take a quasi-real part and run with it. The film, despite its many concessions to 'reality', worked because the star made sure he was believable. The only time we connect with Rustom is when we are allowed to see the anguish and pained resolve in Akshay's eyes. If only that feeling, and other emotions�stuff that comes with the territory of love and betrayal and murder, permeated the film: the rest, alas, is cardboard.(more)

Source: Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express


Rustom is an accidental parody of itself

For half a minute, a highly distinguished Parsi gent shows up and immediately classes up this film, but that's about all. Despite Kumar's valiant (albeit overdressed) attempt at calm and gravitas, this film is bilge, unintentionally hilarious and eventually tedious. The only way to salvage it would be to add a too-loud laugh track, give Gupta a trampoline, and call it Carry On Rustom.(more)

Source: Raja Sen.,


RUSTOM comes across as a well crafted crime thriller that meets expectations.

RUSTOM comes across as a well crafted crime thriller that meets expectations. It has its share of captivating moments as well as the loose ones. At the Box-Office, competition in the form of MOHENJO DARO will limit its potential. However, the holiday period post the weekend and positive word of mouth will prove beneficial for the movie.(more)

Source: Bollywood Hungama News Network, Bollywood Hungama


Rustom can be watched for Akshay Kumar, whose action/comic brilliance often overshadows his acting prowess.

Tinu Suresh Desai's melodramatic direction struggles to maintain momentum. It lacks subtlety and is reminiscent of a languid Television daily soap, replete with a jarring background score, cliched dialogues and mandatory close-up shots of every character at regular intervals. While Ileana is perfectly cast, Esha Gupta's inappropriate outfits and over-the-top acting evokes laughter. Arjan Bajwa plays a rich Sindhi guy here, just the way he played a rich Parsi guy in Guru. The art direction is mediocre as well. (more)

Source: Renuka Vyavahare, Times Of India


Too smug for comfort

In fact, I wondered if it wouldn't have been better for the film to have been updated for contemporary times. A case in point being, the tabloid frenzy and trial by media unspooled by Rusi Karanjia's Blitz (Kumud Mishra as Eruch Billimoria) in the film versus the present where, things are much more in your face. Also, stealthy affairs of the heart could have had an added edge of complication in the mobile phone dominated times that we live in.(more)

Source: NAMRATA JOSHI, The Hindu