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They say, “Everything is fair in love and war.” But the question is, is it really worth it? First, I can start by saying that this courtroom drama is definitely not going to disappoint you with it’s not so nail-biting thriller as you might have already heard of the 1950s case of the commander of Indian Navy, Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati. The case K.M. Nanavati vs. State of Maharashtra case shocked the nation. Speaking of the movie, Rustom is sort of a perplexing. The basic plot of the movie is taken from the infamous Nanavati case which is said to be so complex that it led to the end of jury system in India. The Nanavati case took place in Bombay in the year 1959. This real-life inspired movie has all the elements of a perfect drama including love, loyalty, patriotism, betrayal, corruption, infidelity, murder and honesty. This movie is gripping till the very end so you have don’t have to ponder upon whether you should watch this crime-thriller or not.

As I mentioned previously, the movie Rustom is based on a real-life incident. If you do not know the complete story of the crime which took place in 1959 then here’s what you need to know…

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K.M. Nanavati was a born Parsi and he married Sylvia in the year 1931. The couple had two sons and a daughter and they settled in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. It is a well-known fact that the Naval officers have to spend months on their duty away from home. Due the same reason Nanavati was away and back at home in his absence his wife Sylvia fell in love with his friend Prem Bhagwandas Ahuja. Both lovers wanted to get married if she divorced her husband but soon Sylvia learnt that Prem has been involved with many other women as well. On April 27th, 1959 naval officer Manekshaw Nanavati shot his wife’s lover Prem Ahuja with his service revolver. As per the records of the court, when officer Nanavati returned home from one of his assignments he found his wife Sylvia very depressed to which he questioned her about the same and she confessed about the external affair to her husband which made Nanavati very upset. Later, Nanavati dropped his family at Metro Cinema for a show but excused himself and then went to the Naval base. He collected his pistol and went straight to Prem Ahuja. Nanavati asked Prem Ahuja after he got to his residence, whether he intended to marry Sylvia and accept his children to which Prem replied, “Will I marry every woman I sleep with?” The answer made Nanavati mad and he killed Prem by firing three shots.

The main argument in the Bombay session court revolved around whether K.M. Nanavati shot Prem Ahuja in the heat of the moment or whether this crime was pre-planned and it was an intentional murder. Since Nanavati was a patriotic person and had no previous criminal record. Due to the fact that he was serving the nation and also surrendered for his actions, the court announced the Naval officer not guilty under section 302. After his lawyers argued that it was a pure case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. However, the prosecutor Mamie Ahuja who was Prem Ahuja’s sister did not rest and argued that the murder was premeditated which led to Nanavati being charged guilty and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. A very huge amount of support was received to the Naval officer which included the Indian Navy and the people of the Parsi community. Many rallies and marches by the people on the streets of Bombay persuaded the release of heroic figures in the jail. When this was not enough, Prem Ahuja’s sister was persuaded to forgive the officer to which she gave her sanctioned writing and later on Naval Officer K. M. Nanavati was released after spending three years in prison.

With this you know the basic plot of the movie. But it is a well-known fact that Bollywood movies are incomplete without the flavor of Tadka. The case mentioned above is just not the only thing which you’re going to see but some additional subplots will definitely make you question whether Rustom Pavri killed Cynthia’s lover and his friend, Vikram Makhija because he was involved with his wife and they were having an affair behind his back or there’s more to the story than this love triangle? To know what happened to Rustom Pavri watch the complete movie.

Now coming on to the cast of the movie Rustom

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  • Akshay Kumar is in the character of Indian Navy Commander Rustom Pavri and as mentioned above, his character is based on real life ex-naval officer K. M. Nanavati.
  • Ileana D’Cruz as Commander Rustom Pavri’s wife, Cynthia Pavri who is inspired by the real-life figure of ex-naval officer’s wife Sylvia Nanavati.
  • Arjan Bajwa is in the movie as Vikram Makhija who is inspired by the real-life lover of Nanavati’s wife whose name was Prem Bhagwandas Ahuja.
  • Esha Gupta is in the role of Preeti Makhija who is Vikram Makhija’s sister as the name suggests. Her role is again inspired by real life Mamie Ahuja.


  • The script of the movie is written by Vipul K Rawal who is also a filmmaker and an author.
  • The movie is directed by Tinu Suresh Desai. Tinu is known for his many successful works, some of which include Akshay Kumar as well. The duo has worked together before in intellectual films like Special 26 and Baby.
  • The producers of the film are: Aruna Bhatia, Nittin Keni, Akash Chawla, Virender Arora, Ishwar Kapoor, Shital Bhatia, Prernaa Arora and Arjun N. Kapoor.
  • Music of the film is given by: Jeet Gannguli, Arko, Raghav Sachar and Ankit Tiwari.
  • Cinematography is done by Santosh Thundiyil. 
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