Salman Khan’s Tubelight needs a chance, beyond the harsh criticism

Salman Khan kept his date with Eid again, giving us one of the biggest films of the year - Kabir Khan's Tubelight. But much against the expectation, the movie got trashed by the critics for reasons more than one. But did a film, which has brought Salman in a never-seen-before avatar really deserved so much criticism?

Written by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi | Published:June 29, 2017 10:02 am
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There are quite many films which vanish from the box office without any noise. Then there are some for which you wait really long but the word on the street is against them as soon as they land. Salman Khan’s Tubelight, for me, fell under the second category. Of course it had left me intrigued ever since its trailer released. Yes, it did have a Bajrangi Bhaijaan feel from the first look but I was still curious. Then the decisive weekend arrived and within hours the critics fell heavily on this Kabir Khan directorial. ‘Weak, stretched, trying too hard, stale, over acting’ — these were some of the words which flashed in review after review. I was disappointed to the extent that by the time I finally went to watch it after two days, my excitement level was zero. But it turned out to be a completely unexpected experience. Tubelight, for me, is a fine film. Salman Khan has done well, yes I’m happy to see him emote! So why all this harshness for a movie that tried to become an Eid gift for its audience?

They say all publicity is good publicity. And all the good things were happening with Tubelight too – great promotions, Bhai-Bhai bond, an adorable child actor and the right build up ahead of its release. Then why did the words of critics broke the movie? Don’t we see that this is the same Salman, the mass entertainer, who has shed his persona, giving us a departure from his Dabangg-giri and risking a film after keeping the Eid throne in his name for years? No, he isn’t flexing his muscles, neither is he romancing his ladies or speaking some cheesy lines. He is playing a child-man, a simpleton out to find his lost brother, while unknowingly giving out a message about the futility of war.

salman khan, salman khan tubelight, tubelight songs, radio song, salman khan radio song, radio song arabic version, salman khan box office, kabir khan films Kabir Khan’s directed Tubelight is a story set in Indo-Sino war and propagates the message about the futility of war.

But we have seen actors playing such challenging roles, where acting ruled over their chiseled bodies. Hrithik Roshan did it in Koi Mil Gaya, Shah Rukh Khan did it in My Name Is Khan… Then why can’t Salman? Or maybe it is because we don’t want him to break away from his larger-than-life image. Quite unfair, right?

The blockbuster duo of Salman-Kabir Khan seek the conviction of fans. And why not? They gave us two of the most commercially successful films in recent times – Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Ek Tha Tiger. So now it is the audience’s turn to give them back some love.

Salman Khan, Tubelight, salman khan tubelight box office, box office collections, tubelight stills Salman Khan’s brother Sohail Khan also plays his onscreen sibling. The two have teamed up for a film after a very long time.

Agreed, Salman looked a little too beefed up at places, his age lines hampered his performance and the war scenes looked too pale, but let’s not forget that the actor has played a character role after a really long time, well, maybe more! He convinces as Tubelight right from the very go. His innocent commentary about his childhood, his love for his brother, his Gandhism, his never-say-die attitude, no his character wasn’t something as bad as was written in the initial reviews. Very silently, the film propagates the values of family and patriotism, without taking sides.

For me, Salman Khan’s close-up shots where he is laughing and crying all at the same time, were his best. His natural chemistry with Matin Rey ‘goo’ Tengu was the film’s high point and his scenes with Zhu Zhu, where he unknowingly gives her faith ‘yakeen’, are a beautiful take-away too.

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All I wish is that the cinegoers gives it’s own verdict and not get carried away by what is being said. This film deserves more. Also, Salman shouldn’t get demotivated by the risk he has taken. There is still an audience which is flowing in his love and belief in the film. Critics might have affected the film’s opening week’s performance, but Eid has just passed, and it’s Eidi is yet to reflect at the box office. I urge Salman to continue doing projects which touch our hearts. For there is a section of fans, who like to see his ‘other’ side, who like to cry with him, laugh with him, who like to see beyond the Sultan or Chulbul Pandey in him. After all, we still feel the same connect with Salman, what he established with us in the 90s, don’t we?

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  1. D
    Jul 9, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    Don't know why Everyone saying it's a bad movie, watched it this weekend along with my kids we all liked the motive These days there are very few movies which we can watch with family/kids, this is one of it. It's a nice movie good sorry. Very heart touching, very emotional. It's not abt Salman Khan or Kabir Khan movie...It's abt the concept. Just want to request everyone not to decide abt a movie based on others review.
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      pankaj verma
      Jun 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm
      Great article..❤️
      1. K
        Jun 30, 2017 at 6:43 pm
        One more paid review It seems
        1. K
          Jun 30, 2017 at 6:04 pm
          I Liked the movie its not about salman or so if ur going for a movie keep aside ur brain and just enjoy, the cinematography is good and its a one time watch for sure. Atleast a lot better than the recent movies which passed this year.
          1. S
            Jun 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm
            Don't know about Tubelight but certainly Ek tha Tiger was a disaster You can't have RAW and other agents romancing and walking away from their core and not be detected. It's great about Salman doing different characters would love to see more
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              Lathor Honey Singh
              Jun 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm
              I took the opportunity and watched the movie " little boy " instead. Watch that movie, will make u cry.
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                Amit Goyal
                Jun 30, 2017 at 4:39 pm
                Dude how much money 💰 did you get for writing this crap??. How about not mentioning that corpus amount of money can be saved by not watching this movie?
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                  Nirmal Shah
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 4:13 pm
                  The story does matter in this film ......regardless of who is the actor and what did he say about war , the film depicts high moral values , which can't be denied .......yes it's a good movie with very good message of belief in self
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