Rustom (film)

Rustom is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language crime thriller film directed by Tinu Suresh Desai. It stars Akshay Kumar, Ileana D'Cruz, Arjan Bajwa and Esha Gupta in lead roles. The film is loosely based on the K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra court case,[3][4] and narrates the story of a naval officer whose wife has an extramarital affair with a businessman. Made on a budget of 57 crore (US$8.2 million), the filming began in February 2016,[5] and it was theatrically released in clash with the film Mohenjo Daro on 12 August 2016 in Indian cinemas. It has grossed over 210.32 crore (US$30 million) worldwide at the box office,[6] emerging as one of the highest-grossing Indian films. At the 64th National Film Awards,[7] Akshay Kumar received the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance as Rustom Pavri.

Directed byTinu Suresh Desai
Produced by
  • Aruna Bhatia
  • Nittin Keni
  • Akash Chawla
  • Virender Arora
  • Ishwar Kapoor
  • Shital Bhatia
Written byVipul K Rawal
Based onK. M. Nanavati vs. State of Maharashtra
Music bySongs:
Jeet Gannguli
Raghav Sachar
Ankit Tiwari
Background Score:
Surinder Sodhi
CinematographySantosh Thundiyil
Edited byShree Narayan Singh
Distributed byZee Studios
Release date
  • 12 August 2016 (2016-08-12)
Budget57 crore[1]
Box officeest. 210.32 crore[2]


The story dates back to the late 1950s and revolves around a Parsi Indian Naval Officer Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar), who is happily married to Cynthia Pavri (Ileana D'Cruz). Their marriage hits the rocks when Rustom discovers about his wife's affair with his friend Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa). After returning early from his ship's deployment, Rustom discovers Vikram's love letters in Cynthia's cupboard. While trying to find her, Rustom sees them together. He returns home and waits for Cynthia to return and then confronts her with the love letters, but walks away before Cynthia can explain. Rustom then gets himself a pistol from the Naval Ship's Armory and makes a Trunk call to Defence HQ, New Delhi. Afterwards, he searches for Vikram, first in his office and then at his home. After Rustom enters Vikram's bedroom, the servant hears three gunshots and rushes to the room, to discover Vikram's body in a pool of blood and Rustom walking away with the pistol in his hand. Rustom immediately surrenders to the police and Inspector Vincent Lobo (Pavan Malhotra) starts the investigation.

Vikram's sister Priti Makhija (Esha Gupta) meets with the public prosecutor, Lakshman Khangani (Sachin Khedekar) to get Rustom the toughest punishment possible. Truth, a local newspaper, publishes the news adding some spice to it, which creates a stir in the city. On one side, the Navy supports its officer and asks the police to hand over his custody to them while on the other side the Parsi community offers help by hiring a good defence lawyer. Rustom refuses everybody's help and decides to fight the case on his own and prefers police custody. While the Editor in Chief of Truth, Erich Billimoria (Kumud Mishra), creates a sympathetic image for Rustom in public, Rustom's senior Naval officer Rear Admiral Prashant Kamat (Parmeet Sethi) sends two goons to his house to search for a set of documents, but they fail to find anything. Scared, Cynthia rushes to jail to inform Rustom, who hasn't talked to her ever since he is in custody. Rustom finally meets and listens to Cynthia's story, about how she was lonely and upset when Rustom went away to London for many months. With the connivance of Priti, Vikram took advantage of Cynthia's loneliness and she fell for him. However, on the day of Vikram's murder, Cynthia had already broken-up with him for the sake of her marriage after she found out he had deceived her. Vikram couldn't bear her spurning him and slapped her hard. She got injured and walked out of Vikram's house.

On Rustom's instructions, Cynthia blackmails Rear Admiral Prashant Kamat for Rs 5 crore in exchange for the vital documents he needed. In the court hearing, Rustom unexpectedly pleads not guilty in front of the Judge Patel (Anang Desai), which leads to a 9-member jury trial. At the culmination of the trial, Rustom is found not guilty by the jury since he shot Vikram in self-defence. Meanwhile, it is found that Vincent Lobo was in Delhi and he had met the office secretary of the Ministry of Defence to obtain the recording of the trunk call that Rustom had made. When back in Bombay, the trunk call is played, convincing almost everyone that Rustom is guilty, and the court proceedings end for the jury to decide on their opinion. In the police station on the night of the court proceeding, Rustom tells Vincent Lobo the truth: he was posted in London for several months inspecting an aircraft carrier that the Navy wants to purchase, but on inspection, it was found by Rustom that the carrier's hull was corroded, and it would have to be repaired and modified before the carrier could be transferred to India. Vikram was lobbying for the aircraft carrier to be bought by India, and he, along with Rear Admiral Kamath, attempted to bribe him in order to convince him to say that the carrier is seaworthy. When Rustom attempted to notify the defence secretary in London, the secretary also attempted to bribe him and get the carrier to India. Vikram attempted to persuade him and Rustom then slapped him showing him the power of his uniform. The next day it is shown that Rustom is proved not guilty by the jury and he walks free. Then it is shown in the flashback that Vikram had dated Cynthia to show Rustom his power of money and take revenge on him, but never really liked her for real. Lobo is told that Rustom did not reveal about the aircraft carrier as then everyone would think the Navy to be corrupt and then not believe in them just because of few officers. Rustom and Cynthia walk out of the court with their heads held up high and then the film rolls into the credits, showing the couple settled in Canada. In the end, it is shown that after Rustom's trial, the jury system was abolished in India and Defence Secretary K. G. Bakshi committed suicide by shooting himself on INS Vikrant. Also, the news shows India being the fourth nation to acquire a navy carrier.



The Rustom production filmed on location in Kent in April 2016 for the romantic montage where Rustom (Akshay Kumar) and Cynthia (Ileana D'Cruz) visit England including The Chequers Inn pub in Aylesford, Canterbury, Maidstone, Leeds Castle, Dover seafront and South Foreland Lighthouse. The Historic Dockyard Chatham also features for the naval port and ship scenes.[8]

Box office


The film was released alongside Mohenjo Daro on 2017 screens across India on August 12, 2016.[9] Rustom collected approximately ₹14.11 crore on its opening day.[9] The film collected ₹50 crore in its opening weekend and ₹90.9 crore in its first week in India.[10]


The film also performed well internationally, grossing approximately $3 million in its opening weekend.[11]



The film score was composed by Surinder Sodhi.


Soundtrack album by
Released14 July 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company

The songs featured in Rustom were composed by Arko, Raghav Sachar, Ankit Tiwari, and Jeet Gannguli, with lyrics written by Manoj Muntashir.

The first song from the film's soundtrack album, "Tere Sang Yaara", sung by Atif Aslam and composed by Arko was released on 6 July 2016.[12] The second track of the film, titled "Rustom Vahi" was released on 13 July 2016. All lyrics are penned by Manoj Muntashir. The full music album was released on 14 July 2016.

On October 29, 2019, a new version of the song "Dhal Jaun Main" was released on the Zee Music Company's official YouTube Channel with Arijit Singh's vocals. [13]

All lyrics are written by Manoj Muntashir.

Track listing
1."Tere Sang Yaara"ArkoAtif Aslam4:51
2."Rustom Vahi"Raghav SacharSukriti Kakar3:20
3."Tay Hai"Ankit TiwariAnkit Tiwari3:48
4."Dekha Hazaro Dafaa"Jeet GannguliArijit Singh, Palak Muchhal3:30
5."Dhal Jaun Main"Jeet GannguliJubin Nautiyal, Akanksha Sharma4:53
6."Jab Tum Hote Ho"Ankit TiwariShreya Ghoshal4:18
7."Rustom Vahi Theme"Raghav Sachar 1:23
8."Rustom Vahi – Marathi"Raghav SacharJasraj Joshi3:07
9."Rustom Vahi – Male"Raghav SacharJasraj Joshi3:10
10."Tere Bin Yaara (Reprise)"ArkoArko3:46
11."Dhal Jaun Main (Arijit Singh Version)"Jeet GannguliArijit Singh, Akanksha Sharma4:50
Total length:40:56

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
2017 Screen Awards Best Actor Akshay Kumar Nominated
Best Promising Director Tinu Suresh Desai Won[14]
Stardust Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Arjan Bajwa Nominated
Best Film of the Year Neeraj Pandey. Nominated
Best Actor of the Year - Male Akshay Kumar Nominated
Best Story Vipul K. Rawal Nominated
Best Costume Design Ameira Punvani Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Film Neeraj Pandey Nominated
64th National Film Awards Best Actor Akshay Kumar Won
Lux Golden Rose Awards Best Supporting Actress Esha Gupta Nominated
9th Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year Arko Pravo Mukherjee - "Tere sang Yaara" Nominated
Upcoming Female Vocalist of The Year Aakanksha Sharma - "Dhal Jaun Main" Nominated
2018 Pyongyang International Film Festival AWARDS FOR INFORMATIVE AND SPECIAL SCREENING - Won


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