The audience and the critics might have given a thumb down to Salman Khan-starrer Tubelight, but the film has found one huge admirer in superstar’s close friend Shah Rukh Khan, who has admitted that he liked the film so much that he watched it more than once.
The Eid release, directed by Kabir Khan, opened to largely negative reviews from the critics and also could not garner the audience’s love. Making the lowest opening day collection for a Salman film in the last six years, Tubelight just managed Rs 21.15 crore on Friday.
When asked about his review of the film, Shah Rukh, who has a cameo in the drama, said, “I like it a lot. I actually watched it one-and-a half times. First I watched the full film, then at 4 am, I watched the first half.” Before the film’s release, Salman had shared with the media that it took just one phone call to Shah Rukh to get him on board for the movie.
Salman had revealed that when he called up Shah Rukh and said, “There’s something in Tubelight…,” the latter didn’t even let him complete his sentence and replied, “It is done.” When it was mentioned to him, the Raees star, who interacted with the media today on the occasion of Eid, smiled and quipped, “Who can say no to Salman? Can anyone dare to say no to him?”
Shah Rukh added that he enjoyed being a part of Tubelight, even though just for a scene, as the film was a collaboration between people he has been friends for long. The actor called doing the cameo “his duty”. “I feel very nice. The film has been made by (my) friends. I have known Kabir and his wife before I even entered films. So, it was my duty to do the film. I saw my scene and I think I did an okay job, so, I am happy. Like I did one scene in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil…”
Currently, Shah Rukh is shooting for filmmaker Anand L Rai’s film, where he plays a vertically challenged special person. Spilling the beans on the movie, the actor said he believes that technically, it is quite important, especially from the perspective of ‘Make in India’ initiative.
“I enjoyed while shooting for the film. I think technically, these kind of films should be made in India. I am genuinely saying that it is important for ‘Make in India perspective. I feel proud that my team is doing that. What we are doing is possible right now.”
Talking about the much-ambitious film, SRK gave a sneak peek into the strenuous process that the movie requires. “We have shot for 12-15 days. We have to edit 11-12 minutes of the film. Anand said, ‘Let’s first edit it and see.’ It took us two months to edit 30 seconds of the film. So, we have built an office in Goregaon for the movie.”
The movie also stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. This will be the second time that the trio would be working together after 2012 romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan.