Tubelight: A failed flickering attempt 

War brings no good, to either parties. It can just lead to destruction and chaos. Director Kabir Khan uses the backdrop of the China-India war of 1962 to portray the pointlessness of war.

The film is about the lives of brothers Laxman (Salman Khan) and Bharat (Sohail Khan), how the former is a dim witted man but still holds on to his ‘belief’ which makes him capable enough of moving bottles, mountains and even stopping the war by just extending his hands in the air. 

Tubelight is a remake of the 2015 American film, Little Boy, which is about an 8-year old boy who comes to terms with the futility of war and is made to believe in his own magic. 


First things first, brothers Salman Khan and Sohail Khan are absolute miscasts. I couldn’t buy the fact that two 45+ year old men were playing characters who were some 20 year olds. 

After Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan Tubelight just seems like a bad hangover that you just want to get rid of. The landscapes and cinematography have been, perhaps, beautified because Kabir Khan knew that the narrative didn’t have much to offer. 


Coming to the performances, it’s always a delight to watch the late Om Puri on screen, whether it was in the recently released A Death in the Gunj or now, Tubelight. As an actor, he never fails. Chinese actress Zhu Zhu seems like a house of talent. She pulls off her part very well. Child actor Matin Rey Tangu is also good, but he really isn’t given much to do. Mohmmad Zeeshan Ayyub is, as always, in his best spirits. He is one of the few actors I really really like but his character is a limited one. He perhaps chose to do this film just for an opportunity of working with Salman Khan, but as they say, you should always choose wisely. Sohail Khan holds one single expression throughout the film. 

The biggest disappointment is, however, Salman Khan. This is probably one of his worst performances ever. There are moments where he gives it his best, and those are good, but how can just some innocent moments take a film ahead? The coming together of Kabir Khan and Salman Khan has always been a treat, but this time around, there just is no magic. 

A note has to be made of the fact that Tangu plays son to Zhu Zhu and both play Indians of Chinese descent. But Tangu is a child from Arunachal Pradesh. The film hence portrays north eastern people as outcasts, as someone who is not Indian enough to be getting that status, as Chinese. 

All in all, you want to shout ‘jal jaa, jal jaa’ all throughout the film, but Tubelight just goes off. 

If I had to rate the film, if you really want to watch the film (because you’re a Salman Khan fan/because you don’t want to listen to what people have to say/because you’re too free in life/because it’s Eid and you want to step out of home, cause holiday/et cetra) don’t go for it at PVR Juhu, because not worth it! 

Image Credits: YouTube 

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