Critic’s Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Directed by stunt master Ravi Varma and with Hattrick Hero Shivaraj Kumar in the lead role, Rustum has hit the screens today. Boasting an ensemble star-cast comprising the likes of Vivek Oberoi, Shraddha Srinath, Mayuri, Rachita Ram and J Mahendran, Rustum had generated a decent hype before its release. The trailer was good and a few songs made a mark with the viewers. Let us now find out how the movie has done in the theatres.

An honest IAS officer goes missing after he takes on an influential gang in the state. As his family is trying all the means to trace him, their neighbour Abhishek starts helping them. It is not revealed as to why Abhishek is helping them out and once his true identity is revealed, the story takes a huge turn. The story then shifts to Bihar and the rest of the movie involves in the solving of this case.

True to his primary profession, Ravi Varma has picked a pakka star-hero script for his debut venture. Although the pace at the start of the movie is debatable, the proceedings pick up and engage the audience after the unsteady start. Action scenes have been well conceived and importantly, they have been placed well in the movie. Overall, it is a decent start for Ravi Varma’s directorial career.

Shivanna is at his best in this movie. He is fit, sports a new look and entertains everyone with his trademark dialogues. His fans will thoroughly enjoy this movie. Shraddha Srinath, Rachita Ram and Mayuri all have plump roles and they have done well. Vivek Oberoi makes a mark with his Kannada debut. Veteran J Mahendran as the baddie impresses too.

Apart from a few catchy songs, the music by Anoop Selin is average. However, he has done a good job with his BGM.

Cinematography is an asset as it gives a different texture to the movie. The movie has been shot stylishly and thus, ensures that this flick stays ahead of the regular commercial fares.

Rustum is definitely worthy to be watched once at the theatres. Although it is a strictly one-time watch for the general audience, it is a guaranteed multiple-time watch for the fans of the Century Star.