It’s been a while since we wrote an unabashedly negative review for a film. This time, the target is Salman Khan’s latest,
TubelightFlickers on endlessly without purpose. Not worth your money.
It’s been a while since we wrote an unabashedly negative review for a film. This time, the target is Salman Khan’s latest, ‘Tubelight’. The film has been directed by war-man Kabir Khan and produced by Salman ‘Bhai’ Khan himself. The film has been made on an unjustified (or simply fabricated), budget of a 100 crore and runs a little longer than two hours. Salman Bhai isn’t known to have very fine cognitive skills (or even fine motor skills, such as those required to drive late in the night), however, with ‘Tubelight’, he went one too far.
Tubelight is a direct adaptation of the 2015 Hollywood film, ‘Little Boy’. The only change in our Hindi version, is that they replace the twelve year old, innocent lead with a fifty year old bodybuilder. ‘Little Boy’, performed disgracefully at the box office. Tubelight has performed disgracefully in terms of quality of film-making. Salman Khan and Kabir Khan have presented us with an unnecessary, unreal and annoyingly melodramatic piece of cinema. Even ‘Sultan’, seems better in comparison.
First, let’s meet the actors:
Salman Khan as Laxman Singh Bisht
Sohail Khan as Bharat Singh Bisht
Om Puri as Masterji (what else did you expect)
Yashpal Sharma as the Army Man
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan as the mini-villain
Matin Rey Tangu as the little boy (snide comment)
Zhu Zhu as the Chinese girl (shocker)
The film revolves around the endearing relationship between two brothers, Salman and Sohail. They are two peas in a pod, but are mercilessly separated by the 1962 Indo-China war. Sohail is recruited by the army, and leaves his less-than average brother behind, who waits impatiently for his return. Salman is made to believe that faith can move mountains. He sets out to put the proverb to test.
The film is basically just three hours of tear-jerking melodrama, with a deranged story line. It relies on a plot which has been rejected by an international audience before, and stresses on inconsistent beliefs. Tubelight, to some extent is even insensitive. The Sino-India war is a scar on the history of our nation. Millions of lives lost, horrors recounted, a nation being forced into submission. Did Kabir Khan actually think that a film on such a delicate issue could be handled with such recklessness?
Salman Khan riding his cycle through a utopian north-eastern village, which functions in the same way in a state of war, as it would otherwise. The army, reduced to a body of soft men with a softer colonel, who rides into a frontier town which has less than no military protection, simply to speak to Salman. Kabir Khan insults our intelligence on so many levels, that it’s almost appalling. (If he really had to rip off just any Hollywood script, there were far better options than this one)
Another problem with ‘Tubelight’, is that it very lazily made. Not a single shot was ambitious, or even perfectly executed. The cinematography is limited to four or five sets, the background score is pathetically generic and the song sequences seem as though they have been choreographed by Salman Bhai himself. It’s a casually made film. Either the makers are exceptionally confident that they can easily shove garbage down the throats of a gullible Indian audience and get away with it, or they have simply lost touch with quality film-making.
There is a scene where Salman tries to offer a suspicious Chinese child a bottle of pop. Really? The makers reduced the intensity of war to a childish bed-time story full of butterflies and dragons and soda-pop. A few teachings from the storyline make sense (only in a perfect world though), but that is of very little importance once we begin to judge the film as a whole. The primary flaw being, that the lead really should have been a twelve year old. (Salman’s dumb-gullible act isn’t convincing anymore). Also, the film has only one emotional base, melodrama. After two bouts of tearful crying, it begins to get quite annoying.
The film works well only on one front. Sohail and Salman’s chemistry is spectacular. This is the only reason why the film is even barely acknowledgeable. Sohail Khan has acted very well. The same can be said for Zeeshan Ayyub (who is sadly beginning to get type-casted as the bully in almost every other film).
The story is also painfully predictable. You’ll figure out the whole plot in the first half an hour. All in all, don’t watch ‘Tubelight’, unless you are being paid to. I give it 2.5/5.
You will like this film if: You have the IQ of a pre-schooler
You will dislike this film if: You enjoy spending time at the cinema
Best performance: Sohail Khan