Rustom is a 2016


Indian crime thriller film written by Vipul K Rawal, directed by Tinu Suresh Desai and produced by Neeraj Pandey. It features Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Arjan Bajwa and Esha Gupta in the lead roles


It is the 1950s, and Indian Navy Officer Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar) is happily married to Cynthia Pavri (Ileana D’Cruz). Their marriage hits the rocks when Rustom discovers his wife’s affair with his friend Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa). After returning early from a trip to the seas, 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 Delhi. Afterward, he searches for Vikram, first in his office and then at his home. After Rustom enters Vikram’s bedroom, the servant hears three gun shots 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 police and Inspector Vincent Lobo (Pawan Malhotra) starts investigation.

Vikram’s sister Priti Makhija (Esha Gupta) hires the best lawyer in the city Lakshman Khangani (Sachin Khedekar) to get Rustom toughest punishment possible. A local newspaper TRUTH publishes the news adding some spice to it, which creates a stir in the city. On the one side the Navy supports it’s officer and asks police to hand over his custody while on the other side the Parsi community offers help by hiring a good defense lawyer. Rustom refuses everybody’s help and decides to fight the case on his own. While the Editor in Chief of Truth, Erach Billimoria (Kumud Mishra), creates a sympathetic image for Rustom in public, Rustom’s senior Navy officer 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. 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. Vikram took advantage of her loneliness and Cynthia fell for him, but on the day of Vikram’s murder Cynthia had already broken-up with him for the sake of their marriage.

On Rustom’s instructions, Cynthia blackmails Prashant Kamat for 5 crore rupees in exchange for the documents he needed. In the court hearing, Rustom unexpectedly pleads not guilty in front of the judge, which leads to a jury trial. The crux of the case is whether Commander Rustom shot Vikram in “self-defense” or whether it was premeditated murder. At the culmination of the trial, Rustom is found not guilty and is freed. Rustom reconciles with Cynthia.

Basically the film runs two mini stories in parallel i.e. Indian Navy Officer Rustom Pavri’s personal life and a shady deal by Indian Navy officer. Finally both the stories merge into the single story.


  • Akshay Kumar as Commander Rustom Pavri
  • Illeana D’Cruz as Cynthia Pavri
  • Arjan Bajwa as Vikram Makhija
  • Esha Gupta as Preeti Makhija
  • Pawan Malhotra as Senior Inspector Vincent Lobo
  • Usha Nadkarni as Jamnabai
  • Sachin Khedekar as Public Prosecutor Lakshman Khangani
  • Kumud Mishra as Erich Billimoria
  • Anang Desai as Judge
  • Parmeet Sethi as Rear Admiral Prashant Kamath
  • Indraneel Bhattacharya as Capt. C. P. Cherian
  • Kanwaljit Singh as Defense Secretary K. G. Bakshi
  • Brijendra Kala as head constable
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