The costume designer sets the record straight about the whole uniform mishmash...
Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom is in news due to a controversial tweet going viral about Rustom's Naval uniform. The tweet in question had an image where several inaccuracies with the navy uniform wore by Akshay Kumar were mentioned, like the medals, the mustache, the name tag or the bar curl. The film set in 1959 is doing brisk business at the box office. Due to this growing controversy, I got in touch with the costume designer of the movie Ameira Punvani. When asked about the said controversy she said, the film is based on true incident and it's okay to take cinematic liberties as films are made larger than life.
Ameira was quite clear and sure about her designs and said, "You see in the beginning of a film there is a disclaimer that is based on true incident and when you make a film, you always must take cinematic liberties. Films are always larger than life, if you are showing somebody's story and you don't dramatize it a little bit and glorify it a little bit, what's the fun in watching it. In real life no normal person can beat up 20 people in one go. The whole fun of watching a film is the larger than life and the fact that you can dramatize something and have a lot of visual appeal. So we wanted to show is that Rustom is a very well decorated officer. You know the images showing the medals from 1971 and something, but it doesn't take away from the character, you don't think ki yeh 1971 mein toh tha nahin. The masses who are watching it or the classes who are watching it, it's not taking away from the character, it's juts showing he is a very well decorated officer, if he had only one or two medals, everyone'll be like 'hey man chota mota officer hoga!' We are not giving a disclaimer that Rustom did this, Rustom did that, it's their for the people to understand, that's why we've done what we've done". When further prompted she said,"People can point out stuff and say this is inappropriate and that is inappropriate but at the end the film has entertained people and that's what matters. It's just a cinematic liberty and that's about it".
The costume designer of the movie was clear about the whole controversy that it shouldn't matter as far as the film is entertaining the audience and is doing well.
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