Tubelight Rating: 2/5 stars (**)
Good points: SRK’s cameo, Matin Ray Tangu’s cute act, camerawork, and some songs
Bad points: Dull script
Watch It or Skip It: Skip It! Unless you are a die-hard Salman Khan. However, even that’ll be not enough to help you this time.
Tubelight: THE STORY
In a small town lives the Tubelight of the town, Laxman Singh Bisht [Salman Khan]. He stays in the town with his younger brother Bharat Singh Bisht [Sohail Khan] who is always there for his brother whenever anyone in the town bullies his brother.
The happy life of two brothers completely changed after the Sino-Indian war broke out where Bharat and some other youngsters from the town decided to join the army to fight for India. Laxman tries to follow his brother but fails due to not being physically able to adhere to the Army.
During this time, the Chinese woman Lee Ling [Zhu Zhu] and her son Guwo [Matin Ray Tangu]. Laxman initially hates the duo. However, Banne Chacha [Om Puri] urges Laxman to follow principles of Mahatma Gandhi. This led to the formation of a solid bond between Laxman and Matin.
Laxman keeps asking the army chief of that area about when will his brother return. The whole town fears that Bharat is already dead whereas Laxman firmly believes that his brother will come back for sure. Banne Chacha teaches Laxman that faith can even rattle huge mountains. Thus, the famous line from Tubelight posters reads,’Kya Tumhe Yakeen Hai?’
The movie had a lot of potential to play with emotions of the audience however it fails to do it. While the film is highly inspired by the American war drama film Little Boy, some extra changes were made to fit in Bollywood style. Though, it looks like those changes were not good enough to make Tubelight be as much alluring. The main issue is Laxman’s character which was not explained adequately to the audience. Additionally, the climax is not even half as much good as Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
Tubelight: THE PERFORMANCES
It was stated by many insiders that this would be Salman Khan’s best performance of his entire career. However, we certainly don’t think this is his best. Actually, it is far far away from his potential. Unfortunately, he fails big time.
Sohail Khan’s lack of expression literally turns off the emotional content in the film.
Shah Rukh Khan acts as the saving grace in the film. It was said that his act would become the changing point in the movie. Well, he averted a loop break for us. You would want him to stay on the screen all the time however he has a short cameo of only 10 minutes.
Yashpal Sharma and Matin Ray Tangu impresses in their particular roles. Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub and Brijendra Kala’s talent is wasted in the film. Zhu Zhu was good as well.
Tubelight: Final Words
Despite incredible promos and a promise from the director to engage the fans with the movie, the Kabir Khan directorial Tubelight fails to match any of those expectations. Unfortunately, in the end, we are left with one answer, ‘Kya Tumhe Yakeen Hai Ki Yeh Film Chalegi? Nahi!’