Movie Review: Tubelight - Salman Khan-starrer 'Bromance' is watchable emotional entertainer

By Harsha Raj Gatty
Daijiworld Media Network

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Jun 23: To begin with, the movie 'Tubelight' is centred around a bromance between Laxman Bisht (Salman Khan) and his brother Bharat Singh Bisht (Sohail Khan) in the backdrop of the infamous Sino-Indian war of 1962.

Of course, it’s no longer a secret that the film is heavily based on the 2015-American production 'Little Boy', and has been revamped with a hint of Bollywood. Besides if you are a regular Bollywood buff you may notice that several scenes in the film pay tribute to its recent predecessors like Lakshya, Barfi, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani and Kabir Khan's very own Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

While the first half of the movie quickly catches pace with action and humour, the second half is crafted to make the audience emotional and garner tear-jerking reaction. Songs in the movie are entertaining, hummable and tastefully placed.

However, unlike conventional Bollywood war films, there is very little bloodshed in this one, rather director Kabir has attempted to make this movie an emotional-entertainer focusing on the lives of those left behind by the soldiers. Kabir, once again is generous to his audience by giving ample amount of aerial shots capturing the scenic views, as well as from the Indo-Sino battle zone. The movie is well balanced in its narrative, constantly shifting back and forth at two different zones.

Producer and main lead of the film Salman Khan, after Bajrangi Bhaijaan once again tries to don the role of a simpleton Laxman Bisht. The veteran lead actor leaves no stone unturned to deliver his performance. However, the deliberate attempt by Salman Khan to speak in a childlike accent seems a little overboard and does not come across as genuine. While Sohail Khan, has a limited screen-space, he plays a significant role in the film.
But going by the character's demand in the film, both Salman and Sohail seem overweight and are over-aged for their respective roles.

The movie also pays tribute to late actor Om Puri - who plays a role of a guide and fatherly figure for the main leads in the film.

Co-stars Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub who plays the role of Narayan puts up a memorable performance as a self-obsessed person. The actor cannot be simply dismissed as a sidekick and is very versatile. Yashpal Sharma has also carried out his role as Major Rajbir Tokas with utmost sincerity.

Though by trailer and promotion one may feel that child actor Matin Rey Tangu (casted as Guo) has significant role, in reality it was disappointing to see less prominence given to his talent. Chinese female actor Zhu Zhu (who plays Guo’s mother Liling) is now the one to look out for, despite being her Bollywood debut, the female star is able to smitten her audience with her graceful acting and has even overshadowed her Indian counterpart Isha Talwar (as Maya) in the film.

Besides, Salman Khan will be sharing his screen space with Shah Rukh Khan - who will appear for a cameo role.

While earlier, Director Kabir Khan, and actor Salman Khan have tried to develop bonhomie equation between India and Pakistan in Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), come 2017 - Tubelight ventures into similar attempt with China. Seriously, this duo must be taken onboard for negotiation with both the countries, they know the art.

On a lighter note, one might wonder if their next venture is based on Indo-Bangladesh relations.

Overall the movie is definitely entertaining and worth a watch.

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore /dubai

    Mon, Jun 26 2017

    Nice movie .My kids liked it a lot .

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 24 2017

    I would like to see movies like Goodfellas, The foxcatcher, Her, American hustle, Life is beautiful, Revolutionary road etc in indian cinema.
    I have always seen Salman Khan and Shahrukh khan as 'acting' in the movie. Their movies never look natural.

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 24 2017

    Indians need to grow up. Indians waste too much time on movies and cricket. Just imagine the progress India would make if Indians redirected the effort wasted on analysis of cricket and movies to science.. They should use their intelligence on raising the standards of education and improving the institutions of governance.

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  • Thyampanna, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 24 2017

    Why is it waste of time? Why should everything be measured in terms of economic productivity?
    What's wrong with leisure? Compared to a lot of other nations, Indians are overworked!

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Fri, Jun 23 2017

    The tubelight without the tube.
    Salman looks good.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 23 2017

    Tubelight is an appropriate name for this movie ...

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  • GM, Nigeria

    Fri, Jun 23 2017

    Interestingly the name Tubelight was borrowed from a Kannada movie with no objection certificate.

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  • Mark Dcruz, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 23 2017

    Which show you watched ?

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