Review of ‘Tubelight’ (2017)
Genre- Family, Drama
Director- Kabir Khan
Starcast- Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Matin Rey Tangu, Zhu Zhu, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Om Puri, Yashpal Sharma & Shahrukh Khan (Cameo).
Salman Khan is back this Eid with Tubelight, his third film with Kabir Khan after Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Tubelight which is war-drama film features Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Matin Rey Tangu, Zhu Zhu, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Om Puri in lead roles. On a frank note, the film did not impressed critics much with its official trailer but the direction of Kabir and performances of stars make it little worthy.
The story is hugely inspired by American war-drama film Little Boy with minor changes here and there and the makers give due credit to the original. In a small picturesque town of North India, lives Laxman (Salman Khan), with his younger brother Bharat (Sohail Khan). The two have no other family and are inseparable. Laxman is a simpleton and is unique in the way he sees the world around him.
His brother, Bharat, is fiercely protective of him and the two share a deep bond. Laxman’s world comes crashing down, when war breaks out and Bharat gets drafted into the Army. A helpless Bharat leaves a devastated Laxman behind. News from the border only worsens, as the tension continues to escalate. Seeing the carnage around him and worried for his brother, the simple – minded Laxman decides he must stop this conflict and get his brother back.
Tubelight is set in 1962 and tells the story of one man’s unshakeable belief in himself and the love for his family. Salman Khan plays his part with utmost sincerity and dedication but it’s the script which fails him bitterly. Even though Salman Khan tries to be naïve and affable, the film’s poor writing gives him in.
Ditto for the Chinese actress Zhu Zhu, who makes her debut with Tubelight. While she is endearing to watch, the weak script fails to escalate the impact of her performance. The Indian audiences will find it tough to relate to her (half-baked) character in the film.
The little boy Matin Rey Tangu is cute and endearing in his character, but doesn’t get to do much. Sohail Khan, on the other hand, is convincing in his extended cameo kind of role and plays his part with sincerity. The (late) Om Puri delivers a memorable performance, while Shah Rukh Khan’s cameo is effective. Rest of the actors help the film in move forward.
The music (Pritam) of Tubelight is very average. ‘RADIO’ is the only chartbuster song in the film. On the other hand, the film’s background score (Julius Packiam) is good. The film’s cinematography (Aseem Mishra) is excellent. The way in which he has captured the locations are worth mentioning. The film’s editing (Rameshwar S. Bhagat) is decent, if not outstanding.
Watch Tubelight if you have enough yakeen that you can sit through this 2.5-hour long Moral Science class. Salman Khan fans can muster up enough yakeen. As for the rest, this is no Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
Overall- Average (Gets 2.5/5 stars only for Salman Khan)
“Watch Only if you are a Diehard Salman Khan fan”
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