Expectations were huge, and the reasons are many. Firstly it’s the Salman Khan-starrer film, and secondly the ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ team reunited again to offer another blockbuster in the hope. Also the film released during EID, so let us see how well the movie shaped in front the mango people.
It’s an official adaptation of the Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gomez Monteverde’s war movie LITTLE BOY, which is about a man’s unshakeable belief. It’s a story about a simpleton man, Laxman Singh Bisht (Salman Khan), who is known as Tubelight by the people as he is slow in understanding situations and has a different way of responding the same.
Now as the story is set in 1962 against the backdrop of the Indo-Chinese war, Indian Army requested civilians to join the army and serve for the nation. While Laxman gets rejected, his younger brother Bharat Singh Bisht (Sohail Khan) got selected and eventually goes to the border to fight against the Chinese invasion.
After a while, Laxman fails to get any contact or information about his brother who is at the warfront, and everybody thinks he might be dead. However, Laxman on the other hand hopes and believe that he is alive and one fine day will be back at home. Meanwhile, he also befriends with Zhu Zhu and Matin, who are facing hatred from Indians because of their Chinese nationality. The story moves on with this journey of Laxman, where he believes that a faith can move a mountain and even can stop war.
Screenplay & Direction
Tubelight is about love, trust, magic and belief. While the screenplay ensured that the film is filled with emotions with a strong message, direction ensured to give a proper shape with its narration. However, what falls flat is its half-baked story, slow pace execution and monotonous sequences.
The USP of the film was that a simple ‘faith can move a mountain’, but there was no rock-solid content to project the same. And thus, the makers literally failed to convince the mango people here that a faith can literally move a mountain. The film does entertain you to some extent, but failed to inspire the audience in right amount.
The makers successfully recalled you that one can do anything if belief is strong enough, but unsuccessfully managed to give that Goosebumps which were expected and found in Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
While the first half builds the story with its characters, second half gets unnecessarily stretched, and thus spoiling the film’s originality in a big way. In short, the screenplay and direction effectively projected the emotions with a strong message, but sadly got dragged and predictable in parts.
Music and Other Technicalities
Music given by Pritam Chakraborty is good, where songs like ‘Radio’ and ‘Tinka’ are lovable and likable. On the other hand, Background Score given by Julius Packiam is first-rate and goes well with the story. The film’s cinematography is excellent, and Editing could have been trimmed in second half. Dialogues are just average, where they are non-memorable and not like typical ‘Salman Khan-film’.
Salman Khan is at his best, as usual, where he plays his role with utmost sincerity and dedication. As vulnerable and gullible, he is very much convincing in emotional scenes. One can feel his pain and can also move into tears (if you’re a true Bhai fan). While some of his fans might get dishearten and disappointed here (because of culprit storyline), but one can for sure relate his character and get entertained. He makes you laugh, he makes you cry, and thus is lovable in each and every frame.
Sohail Khan does well in his extended cameo, where his bromance with Salman is endearing to watch. Late Om Puri gives us a memorable performance. Chinese actress Zhu Zhu, who makes her debut with TUBELIGHT, is appealing but it’s the script that fails her bitterly. However, the scenes between Zhu Zhu and Salman are sweet and gentle. The little boy Matin Rey Tangu is cute and lovable, where his chemistry with Salman makes us wanting to see more of them as the film reaches to climax.
Last but not the least; Shah Rukh Khan’s guest appearance (playing as a magician) is one of the best highlight in the film. Although they just share the screen frame merely for a few minutes in the film, but it’s highly effective and memorable for the moviegoers who were waiting to see their Karan-Arjun together in a film.
So is it a Paisa-Vasool film?
Sadly Not! Just like the film’s adage that ‘faith can move mountains’. Many were also having that faith and belief to get something truly valuable from Kabir Khan and Salman Khan, just like they promised after giving successful hits like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Ek Tha Tiger. However, sadly they disappointed this time. And thus I somehow believe that because of the weak script, ‘Tubelight’ will not move the mountain of box-office much this time. However, the film does entertain you in parts with decent amount of emotions and laughter.
Rating: 2.5 Stars