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Rustom Review

  • Merkwürdige Liebe

    Merkwürdige Liebe

    Rated 
    2.0
    Desimartini | Updated - August 12, 2016 3:02 PM IST
    3.4DM (3383 ratings)

    Verdict - A moderate crowd-pleaser that could have been so much more.

    RustomWatch trailerRelease date : August 12, 2016

    I've often heard people describe the Nanavati case as one so full of twists and turns, one so full of masala and scandal, that it resembles a Bollywood movie. But what happens when you turn a real case reminiscent of a masala movie into an actual masala movie? It doesn't bode all that well. Stuff that's shocking to read in newspapers is routine in movies. It definitely doesn't help that instead of treating this as a mystery full of grey characters, the film has already taken its side from the outset; much like Azhar.

    There was much scope for black comedy here, but instead the film resorts to cheap jokes, including one which I used to forward via SMS to my friends back when I was in junior college. Seriously, what's with filmmakers, including reputed ones like Raj Kumar Hirani, incorporating SMS forward jokes in their movies? It really goes to show how unwilling our filmmakers are to put basic effort into writing new material.

    To make matters worse, all the characters in Rustom are one-note archetypes, particularly grating is Esha Shah who plays the villain's sister. The villain himself strikingly looks like and acts like that shape-shifting dude from Jaani Dushman Ek Anokhi Kahani.

    Instead of treating this as a narrative full of moral complexity, the film instead goes for convinient peddling of nationalism and twists that come across as a cheat because the film shows you things and then reveals them to be false. This would have worked had the film recognized that its protagonist is an unreliable narrator, but with strokes so broad, the twists don't seem convincing.

    Much like the tabloid which had taken the onus of swaying public opinion when the real case was underway and is mentioned several times in the film, Rustom never gets to the fascinating core of its subject matter but is merely an average crowdpleaser.

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