Rustom Trailer is Out! YAAAAAAAAY! It Looks SO GOOD!

It was just announced yesterday that it would be attached to Sultan, and I guess they decided to let it out a few days early online.  Whatever the reason is, I don’t care, I’m just glad I can watch it!

Here is the trailer:


Looks like it will be a pretty close version of the real life story, but best of all, it will focus more on the aftermath than the crime.  And I find the aftermath much more interesting, with the various forces trying to influence the trial, the effect on the Indian legal system, and all of that.  And there is also the little implication of “traitor?” from the posters.  I still don’t see how that would work, my best guess is that it is just a red-herring the prosecution will try to pin on him.

What it probably won’t cover is the part that I find most interesting, after it was all over, Rustom and his wife moved to Canada and lived in Toronto until 2003.  So some random nice older couple in Canada were the center of the most famous crime/sex scandal in Indian history!

Oh, and most importantly, Akshay looks gooooooooooooooood!

8 thoughts on “Rustom Trailer is Out! YAAAAAAAAY! It Looks SO GOOD!

  1. I hope you know that Sangam was also based on this case, and the film was made pretty soon after the trial was over.

    They’ve changed a few things, that bother me. In real life both the husband and the alleged lover were Hindu. Here Akshay’s character is either Muslim or Parsi. I don’t know why the change of ethnicity/religion. Especially with the teasing tagline of “traitor?” I think the unstated emotional dynamics will be completely different if the character is a Muslim under that accusation, though, in reality, at the time of either the real Nanavati case or the time setting of this film, there wasn’t such a divide between Muslims and Hindus, and nobody questioned the patriotism of Muslims just because they were Muslims. Sadly, times have changed now.

    The other thing they changed is apparently the ethnicity of the wife. I read in some online comments that she was English, which I never knew before, and which again changes the emotional dynamics of the alleged affair completely (with the “white women are sexually promiscuous” trope). I’d be curious to see why they made these choices. But definitely a film I’m looking forward to, and I think it will completely blow away Mohenjadaro, which looked so fake in its trailer, and even more fake in comparison to this.


    • Really? I hadn’t thought about it related to Sangam. I always thought of Sangam as the Raj-Sunil-Nargis triangle, although that doesn’t quite fit. I had heard Yeh Raastay Hain Pyar Ke was related to it (although supposedly it was actually in production before the case began) and Achanak was generally supposed to be inspired by it.

      According to what I can find, Nanavati was part of the Parsi community and Ahuja, the victim, was part of the Sindhi community, which was a large part of why it became such a big thing. The Parsi editor of the Blitz newspaper championed Nanavati, and the Parsi community hosted rallies and gatherings in support. But a pardon for him would be seen as an insult to the Sindhi community, and their powerful politicians were pushing against it. Supposedly, he was only pardoned after the trial because a leading Sindhi was scheduled to be pardoned at the same time as he, so the political backlash would even out.

      I also can only find his wife referred to as “English-born”, which is such an odd way to say it, isn’t it? Her name was Sylvia, but saying “English-born” instead of “British” makes me wonder if she was Anglo-Indian maybe? But you are right, having Ileana D’Cruz play a seemingly Indian character makes it entirely different! Although maybe she will end up being Anglo-Indian? Perhaps an extra lonely woman because she doesn’t feel like she belongs with the Indian society or with European?

      Anyway, I agree with you, way more excited for this version of history than the Mohenjo Daro one! If I have to pick, this will be my first day-first show choice.


  2. Was this the article that your above comment was based on? It has SPOILERS for anyone who doesn’t know about the Nanavati case, so read at your own risk.

    I didn’t know Nanavati was a Parsi, but that doesn’t really affect the case much. Sylvia according to this article is English, and she met her husband while he was stationed in England. While this article mentions both Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke and Achanak, it doesn’t mention Sangam, but I’d always heard that Sangam was based on this case. So maybe my family was confused. 🙂 YRHPK released in 1963, and Sangam in 1964, so who knows?


  3. I forgot to say, Sindhi is an ethnicity, not a religion. Since the Sindhi in this case migrated to India at the time of Partition, I’d guess he was a Hindu, which is pretty much confirmed by his name. How ironic that he should have been named “Prem”, right?


    • Isn’t it interesting how regional identities interact with religious and national ones? I mean, on the other hand, Nanavati was Parsi, but I doubt he highly identified as Zoroastrian anymore if he had married an English woman.

      And from what I learned in my history classes, even within Pakistan there are divisions between the Sindhi, the Pathan, and the other regional groups that are in the country, even though they are all the same religion. And, of course, the Muhajir.


  4. I also didn’t know that they found jury members by advertising in the papers. Sheesh! If that was the system, I’m glad it was abolished.


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