The current hot favourite of the Hindi film goer, Rustom is a movie that will be popular with the young and the old for two very different reasons. For the older folk like me who remember the Nanavati murder case of 1959 it is a trip down memory lane with scenes of automobiles and taxis of those days as well as the similarity with the broad outline of the story to its current interpretation. Incidentally, the jury system was abolished in India after this case wound up.

For the young, it is a mixture of the eternal triangle, the glamourous uniformed naval officer, patriotism, corruption, suspense and some catchy music.

I had seen trailers a few times while seeing other films and this one was on my bucket list to see and I got to see it yesterday. I enjoyed the full three hours that I spent in the theater though the picture itself was only for two hours and twenty minutes. There was no need for popcorn or other diversions as the movie was gripping from the word go and kept the audience glued to its seats throughout. Great acting by all the cast, if somewhat overdone by Esha Gupta, excellent direction and very relevant period background makes it a very worthwhile picture to see.

It is a four out of five stars rating that I would give it and I recommend it to my readers. The only reason that I have for not giving it a five out of five is the unnecessary aspects of the corruption background being kept dangling in the air throughout. While I can see the suspense element involved it could have been handled differently.