• They are the sole bright spots in Rustom, which is too long, wholly disappointing, and feels like an opportunity lost.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    Akshay Kumar-starrer borrows the core idea of Nanavati murder case and adds a layer of extra intrigue. The plan is to make a spicy plot spicier but turns it cardboard.

  • Raja Sen
    Raja Sen


    The uniform might be the most accurate thing about this film, however, a painfully tacky production where all the sets look like over-saturated cardboard and all the taxicabs are gleaming.

  • Rohit Vats
    Rohit Vats
    Hindustan Times


    Lousy special effects and the language of certain characters are a few things that warp the authentic feel of the movie. Yet, somehow Rustom doesn’t falter, except when you realise the movie two and a half hours long.

  • Mehul S Thakkar
    Mehul S Thakkar
    Deccan Chronicle


    Akshay Kumar impresses but the movie has its issues…His nuanced characterisation and flawless body language save the film which otherwise could have gone horribly wrong.

  • Rustom is largely inoffensive, even passable in the main, but could have been infinitely better had the screenplay not been so utterly conventional and unimaginative.

  • Renuka Vyavahare
    Renuka Vyavahare
    Times Of India


    Despite its multiple flaws, Rustom can be watched for Akshay Kumar, whose action/comic brilliance often overshadows his acting prowess. He reminds you to value the honest officers who serve our country with dignity and valour. He makes you want to support the man who probably did the right thing the wrong way.

  • The story of KM Nanavati is shrouded in mystery even after all these years, and it is difficult to point right from wrong. But predictably, Bollywood would prefer painting its heroes white or black rather than taking the effort to look at the shades of grey that colour us all. That is the biggest failing of “Rustom”.

  • Sarita Tanwar
    Sarita Tanwar
    DNA India


    Thoroughly absorbing and surprisingly entertaining., check it out.

  • The problem with Rustom lies in its twists too. You can put your finger on them much before the twists actually play out in front of you, something which is fatal for a ‘crime thriller’. Rustom plays to the gallery, eliciting cheers and applause from the audience who want to see their hero reinstated as a hero.

  • Suhani Singh
    Suhani Singh
    India Today


    The tacky production values (the Parsis will especially cringe at the neon green walls of Rustom’s house) and poor CGI make the period film an eyesore.

  • Rustom is a one-time watch. 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!

  • 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.

  • ‘Rustom’ should have either been a taut mystery where the tension is palpable or a love story where the heartbreak and the betrayal are tangible. Sadly, this does neither.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    The movie employs a lot of CGI to recreate an authentic period feel. That coupled with the entertainment value does make Rustom a decent watch. But the fact that the film makes no mention of Nanavati’s subsequent trial and conviction by the Bombay High Court is a bit of a grey area. But for all its diversions from authenticity, end of the day, Rustom manages to entertain. That’s the film’s closing statement.

  • Vishal Verma
    Vishal Verma


    Though Akshay Kuamr fans will be awed and the theatres especially the single screen may burst with taalis and citis (claps and whistles), the thinking audience may wonder the need for the exercise to make Rustom Pavri so noble.

  • Suprateek Chatterjee
    Suprateek Chatterjee


    In the hands of a more capable writer and director, this could’ve been a great role. Alas, Rustom only ends up being yet another forgettable venture for the star.

  • With some tight editing, especially in the second half when the court scenes become a drag, it would have made for a more riveting watch. A great deal of attention has been paid to the detailing and production values, and that’s commendable, and so is the direction.

  • The foundation of any credible courtroom drama lies in its writing, which Vipul offers to ‘Rustom’, but there are those rare moments of heightened theatrics, which creep in and damage ‘Rustom’. Yet, it deserves credit for pitching a story on a case that historically altered the Indian judiciary system.

  • This is genuinely sad because if you sift out the frills, the faff and the chaff in Rustom, the pivotal plot is actually interesting and could have made for a solid thriller.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    …a box-office winner. It will keep the audience as also its producers, distributors and exhibitors happy and smiling.

  • Manisha Lakhe
    Manisha Lakhe


    A fictionalised version of the famous (or the infamous?) Nanavati case where a Naval officer shot his wife’s lover should have been a brilliant courtroom drama, but ends up being ridiculous, with the director opting for cheap laughs. Akshay Kumar looks handsome in the uniform, but the mooch… the mooch…

  • Stutee Ghosh
    Stutee Ghosh


    Apart from Akshay, who looks dapper in his white Navy uniform, the loose narrative fails to hold our attention.

  • Tinu has made ‘Rustom’ more thrilling and interesting by keeping it on the track and not adding any unneeded garnishing. Without-a-doubt, the film will make you switch sides. Just like the on-screen jury, even you will argue with yourself whether ‘Rustom’ is guilty or not. If you want to test your decision-making abilities, then definitely go for this flick.

  • Criselle Lobo
    Criselle Lobo


    Knowing that the whole story is just Google search away, the writers introduce subplots to keep things interesting. Until the last 20 minutes of the film, you’re as clueless as the jury members, who can’t figure out whether the accused is guilty or not.

  • IndiaGlitz
    India Glitz


    Keeping aside the high expectations, ‘Rustom’ ends up being a one time pot-boiler drama, which works only in parts and that too for ‘Akshay Kumar’ as its sole positive reason. Akshay fans who are expecting yet another ‘Special 26’ or ‘Baby’ or ‘Airlift’, will be highly disappointed as the movie comes now here to these classics.

  • Sreeju Sudhakaran
    Sreeju Sudhakaran
    Bollywood Life


    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).

  • Uday Bhatia
    Uday Bhatia


    Though Rustom uses all the sensational material the Nanavati case has to offer, the treatment is laughably silly…

  • IANS


    Overall, given the subject, Rustom could have been more taut and thrilling, but, Akshay Kumar makes it worth watching.

  • Kunal Guha
    Kunal Guha
    Mumbai Mirror


    This one’s worth a watch only for Akshay Kumar. But if you’re looking for laughs, Esha Gupta could help too.

  • Namrata Joshi
    Namrata Joshi
    The Hindu


    There’s nationalist fervour and jingoism running right through this cinematic interpretation of the scandalous Nanavati murder case that rocked the nation in the 1950s.

  • What could have been an interesting premise and a nick at the seemingly utopian nature of suburban marriages disintegrates into a film that focuses on celebrating the hero, played by Kumar.

  • Rustom is a compelling courtroom drama, something which will help Akshay Kumar in his upcoming Jolly LLB 2 where he will be playing a lawyer.
    Akshay Kumar has truly delivered an award-winning and nuanced performance. Watch the film for him!

  • It’s not a serious movie; there is definitely ‘masala’ in this suspense thriller. The movie will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Lift your spirits on this Independence Day with Rustom! Believe us, you won’t regret a bit.

  • Rustom despite having an interesting plot tries to play safe, please everyone and resorts to Bollywood formulae of forced humour and even more forced insipid songs.

  • Rustom is an strange mix of funny and dull but it is never as gluing one would’ve hoped.

  • Rustom’s recreation of an iconic trial echoes the narrative style of the lesser films of the period in which the actual crime occurred – it throws out the facts in favour of a simplistic and crowd-pleasing solution, glosses over its hero’s criminal behaviour, and paints its characters in black and white. What the movie does get right is the luridly tabloid quality of the case.

  • Decent Thriller Bogged Down by Weak Script…

  • Rahul Vaishnavi
    Rahul Vaishnavi


    Being a period film, the director’s attention to detail right from the vintage cars to the old and discoloured light-switches inside Rustom’s home are a testament that the filmmakers have done their homework.
    The films trudges at a decent pace hampered only by the needless songs none of which are hummable. In certain scenes, the humour does come across as contrived but overall Rustom is unadulterated storytelling sans melodrama.