Director: Dharmendra Suresh Desai
In 1959, Parsi Indian Naval Officer Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar), is happily married to Cynthia Pavri (Ileana D’Cruz). Their marriage hits the rocks when Rustom discovers about his wife’s affair with his friend Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa). After returning early from his ship’s deployment, Rustom discovers Vikram’s love letters in Cynthia’s cupboard. While trying to find her, Rustom sees them together. He returns home and waits for Cynthia to return and then confronts her with the love letters, but walks away before Cynthia can explain. Rustom then gets himself a pistol from the Naval Ship’s Armory and makes a Trunk call to Defence Secretary K.G. Bakshi at Defence HQ, New Delhi. Afterwards, he searches for Vikram, first in his office and then at his home. After Rustom enters Vikram’s bedroom, the servant hears three gunshots and rushes to the room, to discover Vikram’s body in a pool of blood and Rustom walking away with the pistol in his hand. Rustom immediately surrenders to the police and Inspector Vincent Lobo (Pavan Malhotra) starts the investigation.
Vikram’s sister Priti Makhija (Esha Gupta) meets with the public prosecutor, Lakshman Khangani (Sachin Khedekar) to get Rustom the toughest punishment possible. Truth, a local newspaper, publishes the news adding some spice to it, which creates a stir in the city. On one side, the Navy supports its officer and asks the police to hand over his custody to them while on the other side the Parsi community offers help by hiring a good defence lawyer. Rustom refuses everybody’s help and decides to fight the case on his own and prefers police custody. While the Editor in Chief of Truth, Erich Billimoria (Kumud Mishra), creates a sympathetic image for Rustom in public, Rustom’s senior Naval officer Rear Admiral Prashant Kamath (Parmeet Sethi) sends two goons to his house to search for a set of documents, but they fail to find anything. Scared, Cynthia rushes to jail to inform Rustom, who hasn’t talked to her ever since he is in custody. Rustom finally meets and listens to Cynthia’s story, about how she was lonely and upset when Rustom went away to London for many months. With the connivance of Priti, Vikram took advantage of Cynthia’s loneliness and she fell for him. However, on the day of Vikram’s murder, Cynthia had already broken-up with him for the sake of her marriage after she found out he had deceived her. Vikram couldn’t bear her spurning him and slapped her hard. She got injured and walked out of Vikram’s house.
On Rustom’s instructions, Cynthia blackmails Kamath for Rs 5 crore in exchange for the vital documents he needed. In the court hearing, Rustom unexpectedly pleads not guilty in front of the Judge Patel (Anang Desai), which leads to a 9-member jury trial. At the culmination of the trial, Rustom is found not guilty by the jury since he shot Vikram in self-defence. Meanwhile, it is found that Lobo was in Delhi and he had met Bakshi to obtain the recording of the trunk call that Rustom had made. When back in Bombay, the trunk call is played, convincing almost everyone that Rustom is guilty, and the court proceedings end for the jury to decide on their opinion. In the police station on the night of the court proceeding, Rustom tells Lobo the truth: he was posted in London in 1958 for several months inspecting an aircraft carrier that the Navy wants to purchase, but on inspection, it was found by Rustom that the carrier’s hull was corroded, and it would have to be repaired and modified before the carrier could be transferred to India. Vikram was lobbying for the aircraft carrier to be bought by India, and he, along with Kamath, attempted to bribe him in order to convince him to say that the carrier is seaworthy. When Rustom attempted to notify Bakshi in London, Bakshi also attempted to bribe him and get the carrier to India. Vikram attempted to persuade him and Rustom then slapped him showing him the power of his uniform. Vikram had dated Cynthia to show Rustom his power of money and take revenge on him, but never really liked her for real . Rustom, angry at Vikram’s revenge, got a pistol from the Naval Ship’s armory , then called Bakshi telling him he wasn’t going to spare Vikram and that he had papers exposing the carrier’s unworthyness for the Navy . Rustom then went to Vikram’s house and shot him killing the traitor. Bakshi then sent Kamath to get the documents which Rustom said he had and on Lobo asking for the recording of the trunk call, gave him half the recording to hide his corruption. Lobo is told that Rustom did not reveal about the aircraft carrier as then everyone would think the Navy to be corrupt and then not believe in them just because of few officers. Rustom then reveals that he never actually had any documents relating to the proof that the carrier was damaged. The next day , Rustom is declared not guilty by the judge and the jury. Rustom and Cynthia walk out of the court with their heads held up high and then the film rolls into the credits, showing the couple settled in Canada. In the end, it is shown that after Rustom’s trial, the jury system was abolished in India and Bakshi committed suicide by shooting himself on the INS Vikrant. Also, the news shows India being the fourth nation to acquire a navy carrier.