The Khiladi has come a long way. After giving stellar performances in Baby, Holiday: A Soldier Is Never off Duty and Airlift, Akshay Kumar is coming before us as a Naval officer, Rustom Pavri, in his upcoming film called Rustom. His character is based on the true story of Naval Officer KM Nanavati, who allegedly killed his wife’s lover way back in 1959. It was independent India’s last case handled by a jury.
Besides him, the film has Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta. It has been produced by Neeraj Pandey. The star cast of the film recently visited PVR Plaza as part of its promotion.
The film traces the sensational murder of the lover of Nanavati’s wife. Rustom sketches the incidents of his life, the marriage, his wife’s extra-marital affair, murder, mystery, the court case and the media. Asked how difficult it was to portray a Parsi character, Akshay said, “It wasn’t difficult for me. I have Parsi friends. So, I didn’t really have to make a lot of special effort.”
With Bollywood biggies as Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonam Kapoor, Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh and Sidharth Malhotra posting videos of the film on social networking sites exhorting fans to watch the movie this Friday, the stage for its success seems to be already set.
Talking about similar film subjects Akshay Kumar said, “There are many subjects and stories that people aren’t aware of. Films provide a platform for the people to know such hidden truths and stories. Having said that, I have done all genres and this one is the latest.”
The film’s music has already impressed the audiences. Atif Aslam has breathed life into the song ‘Tere Sang Yaara’ and the duo, Arijit Singh and Palak Muchhal have woven magic with ‘Dekha Hazaro Dafaa’.
Esha Gupta, who is playing a negative role in the film said, “I didn’t have any inhibitions. I liked the role because it was different. Why, Priyanka Chopra played a negative role in Aitraaz and Aishwarya Rai played one in Khakhee and people loved it. So, I thought that it would be great to deliver something different.”
Asked what he would have done if he had landed in such a situation, he said, “It is all about the moment. One’s actions at such times are the result of rage. I can’t even imagine myself in such a situation.”
The film is directed by Vipul K Rawal and is slated to hit the screens on August 12.