Release Date: June 23, 2017
Cast: Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Om Puri, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Matin Rey Tangu, Zhu Zhu
Director: Kabir Khan
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Duration: 2 hours 34 minutes
Right from the start, you know this is not the usual Bollywood entertainer that we often associate with Salman Khan. Here, Salman does not take off his shirt or flex his muscles. As a matter of fact, Salman plays the role of a feeble-minded person who is often ridiculed by most people he meets. No wonder, he has been nicknamed as ‘tubelight’ by his neighbors. The movie seeks inspiration from 2015 Hollywood film Little Boy and the story is presented in a manner that carries a fable-like simplicity.
The story catches up on the life of Laxman Singh Bisht (Salman Khan), who is the quintessential Forrest Gump in the movie, albeit with a native touch. The story is set in Jagatpur, a small, pretty North Indian town, which has become a hub of military activity during the Indo-China war. Laxman does not know anything about war, but he loves the passion and courage that comes with being a soldier and fighting in a war. Things change for Laxman when his brother Bharat (Sohail Khan) does not return from war and there is speculation that he might have been martyred. However, Laxman is not willing to accept this and he now wants to do the unthinkable, i.e. stop the war and bring back his brother. Nobody trusts him except Banne Chacha (Om Puri), who gives him the mantra of believing in oneself.
There are some things in the movie that could have been done better, for example, the war sequences. Another thing is that the movie and the character Laxman appear too cloying at various moments. Salman tries every bit to fit in this new role, but something appears to be missing, especially when we compare his performance in his other movies such as Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, both of which were directed by Kabir Khan. However, there’s some awesome camera work by Aseem Mishra.
If you are planning to watch Tubelight, go with an open mind. The movie espouses family values, patriotism and the importance of keeping the faith.