Tubelight Movie Review

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Vishal Verma By Vishal Verma | 18 Mar 2017 15:43:38.4570000 IST

Indeed expectations are of epic proportions from Kabir and Salman's next, especially after two super duper (musical) hits, EK THA TIGER and BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, both carrying chartbusting songs. With Pritam and Amitabh (along with Kausar Munir) at the helm of musical affairs, our expectations soar even higher.


The playlist commences with 'Radio', which is a situational celebration number where the lead is overjoyed upon hearing good information through a radio, which was one of the few means of receiving news from overseas, during that time period (the war drama is set in the sixties). Sung with zest by Kamaal Khan with able support from Amit Mishra, the simple tune does hook and so do the apt arrangements (the lovely harmonica adds to the fun filled, joyous atmosphere).

Another number that carries the same joyous spirit as that of 'Radio' is 'Naach Meri Jaan', which is actually a song that celebrates the spirit of camaraderie between the two brothers who are not just siblings but soul mates. Kamaal Khan, Naksh Aziz, Dev Negi and Tushar Joshi render the number with lots of energy and vigour and once again it's the simple tune with hilly folksy arrangements that is very addictive..

Easily the best song of the album, 'Main Agar', is superb in all departments. Atif Aslam aces this number with an outstanding rendition. Full marks to the lyricist (Amitabh Bhattacharya) for some lovely lyrics that portray the state of mind of the lead with ease. Pritam's grand orchestration lends class. A mass plus class fare that will surely prove to be chartbuster in the long run.

A sad separation number of a different kind, 'Tinka Tinka Dil Mera', is situational song, wherein a differently abled brother pines for his sibling who is his mentor cum soul-mate. The song features twice in the album rendered by the one and only Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Jubin Nautiyal. It's an almost unplugged number where the vocals of the artists do the trick and both the versions make a strong impression. Grand background orchestrations with good use of oriental music makes this number a unique fare indeed which might take time to grow.

Summing up, the audio of TUBELIGHT stays true to the script and the songs are situational. Our picks are naturally 'Radio' and 'Main Agar', as also 'Tinka Tinka Dil Mera'. The narrative nature of the compositions might not make the album a an instant chartbusting fare like Kabir-Salman's last two ventures (ETT and BB), but nonetheless, the songs will slowly but surely gain momentum, especially after the housefull opening of the film this Friday, all over.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

Warning: If you are a fan of Salman Khan then sorry you are at the wrong place as you won't 'believe' in what is being said over here. Rest all are requested to kindly continue and we leave it up to you whether you want to believe it or not.

Believe it or not! - This TV series kept on haunting me when the box office Sultan - Salman Khan tried to move a mountain with that 'Yakeen' (Faith/believe) in this film and I was flabbergasted by the well intentioned but completely manipulative imagination to move the audience going shockingly wrong on the misguided path turning this 'Yakeen' to a 'yuck' in sort of an experience. Believe it or not!


TUBELIGHT - The reunion of the deadly awesome twosome Salman and Kabir this Eid after the emotional gem BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, in this inspiration from Alejandro Monteverde's highly manipulative movie on faith LITTLE BOY (2015) is a far cry from the emotional, manipulative but absorbing and engaging cinema like BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN which showed Salman in a kind hearted simpleton avatar and won hearts.

Salman Khan's character Laxman is an extension of Bajrangi from BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN but with a twist, Laxman is a slow learner and gets his 'Yakeen' (faith) from a cameo by SRK ( which could have been done by anyone) and Laxman the 'Hero' of TUBELIGHT is devoid of any heroism. Believe it or not! A Salman Khan entertainer on Eid in which 'bhai' is not doing any 'Heropanti'! This is how your 'Yakeen' turns into a 'Yuck'in.

Khair, (anyways) moving further the screenplay by Kabir Khan and Parveez Shaikh begin the film with a narration by Salman in childish tone about his circa 1962 world at the Indo - China border - Jagatpur. The child like man Laxman Singh Bisht (Salman Khan) gets a protector in brother Bharat Singh Bisht (Sohail Khan) as his younger brother who saves his 'bade bhaiya' from the bullying of his class mates. Obviously it's a Salman Khan production so the script will be designed to propel him but what made the makers believe that the impact, emotions and innocence felt from 10 - 12 year old boy in LITTLE BOY can fit in the 50-year-old Salman Khan who longs for his real life brother Sohail lost in the Indo - China conflict during 1962 is a huge mystery.

LITTLE BOY had the father-son emotion that worked better but here the writers dip this screenplay in extra saccharine with all make believe and coincidences that are hard to believe and suddenly go on an unannounced vacation in those picturesque locales of Ladakh leaving poor Laxman roaming around in bicycles, trying to shake the mountains, getting friendly with Chinese looking Indians - Zhu Zhu and child actor Matin Rey Tangu and out of the blue gets into the MUNNABHAI mode and does some 'Gandhigiri' all but to no avail.

Believe it or not! Kabir Khan had 'believed' the IQ of the audience to be at par with Laxman, Salman Khan is doing all the stunts ( we mean moving a bottle, mountain, stopping war and what not) with that strange pose inspired from LITTLE BOY and we wonder why nothing is moving outside the screen.

Believe it or not! Salman Khan in his capacity as an actor has excelled as the child like man and is endearing even to those who are not his fans. No, there is no comparison with what Kamal Haasan has done in SWATHI MUTHYAM or Anil Kapoor in its Hindi remake EESHWAR or Ajay Devgn in MAIN AISA HI HOON or SRK in MY NAME IS KHAN. Even after a completely non supportive script Salman Khan is able to win the audience by his innocence and no doubt he is the only saving grace in this sheer disappointment as a film called TUBELIGHT.

The buffed up Sohail Khan is alright. The best moment between them is the nostalgic twist/rock 'n' roll dance.

The supporting cast shine bright in TUBELIGHT where late Om Puri is brilliant, Chinese star Zhu Zhu is charming and child actor Matin Rey Tangu is a bundle of talent. Mohd Zeeshan as Narayan the local bully who slaps Salman without getting slapped back (Believe it or not ! its Gandhigiri mamu) is fine.

SRK has its moment but honestly as said earlier, the role of Pasha could have been played by anyone.

Aseem Mishra's camera work is jaw dropping while the music by Pritam is just average, 'The Radio Song' looks good while one is watching but it's forcefully injected, as emotions are injected in this film without much establishment.

All said and done TUBELIGHT is a huge waste of the given opportunity and resources, if we say that it missed in making a statement on the common 'belief' associated with North East Indians with the Zhu Zhu episode it will be an understatement. The Zhu Zhu episode if given that angle properly could have been another gem from the potential this movie offered that could have given TUBELIGHT new rays of lights, hope and life.

The theology of TUBELIGHT is vast like an ocean but Kabir Khan has so cloyingly handled the Yakeen (faith) factor that it turns boringly 'Yuck'in.

Still we go with 2 stars in good 'faith' believing that the gigantic star power of Salman Khan can pull off anything. Kya aap ko Yakeen hai.. ?

Rating 2/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Salman Khan, Zhu Zhu, Sohail Khan, Om Puri and Matin Rey Tangu
  • Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya and Kauser Munir, Amitabh Bhattacharya
  • Director: Kabir Khan
  • Music Director: Pritam
  • Release Date : 23 Jun 2017