Movie-goers are in for a history lesson this weekend as two period films - Mohenjo Daro and Rustom - release today
"We have made arrangement of free screening of Rustom (one show at each multiplex) on August 15 to celebrate spirit of freedom," District Magistrate of Lucknow said
Despite errors in Akshay Kumar's look as a Naval Commander - his stripes are wrong and he wears a moustache without a beard, not allowed until 1971 - I was intrigued by Khiladi Kumar's new subject, not just because the uniform got me but because he was bringing to the screen the life and times of Commander K M Nanavati
It's often true that life scripts a better plot than film writers - so it was with Commander Nanavati, who was found not guilty by a sympathetic jury, leading to judicial reform and the scrapping of the jury system in India
The National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi today and Akshay Kumar has won his first National Award for Best Actor for his work in the 2016 film Rustom. Rustom, based on the real life Nanavati case that led to the scrapping of the jury in India's legal system, starred Akshay as a naval officer accused of murdering his wife's lover. The 49-year-old star's omission from the Filmfare Awards Best Actor category prompted outrage recently - his National Award win is likely to pacify his fans. Rustom released to middling reviews last year but Akshay Kumar's performance was singled out for critical praise.