Cast : Salman Khan,Sohail Khan , Zhu Zhu , Om Puri , Matin Rey Tangu.
Written and Directed by : Kabir Khan.
Plot: Tubelight is a simple story,about 2 brothers,Laxman(Salman Khan) and Bharat(Sohail Khan).Bharat goes on the Indo-China war,while Laxman spents his time waiting for him to come back.
My views in a nutshell :
+ve : Heart warming , Thrives on hope.
-ve : Boring second half,the word Yakeen is overused and abused.
My views in detail : Eid has always been incomplete without a Sallu Bhai blockbuster release.This years eid release is Tubelight.
Tubelight is based in a village called Kumaon.It starts with a school scene in the pre independence era,where little Laxman Singh Bhistha,is mocked for being slow in the brain.Fast forward,2 scenes later,Laxman is blessed with a younger brother,Bharat Singh Bhistha,who turns out to be little Laxman’s savior and partner in crime.
The movie soon moves to 1962,where the boys grow up to be Salman Khan and Sohail Khan.In the mean time,India gets independence,their parents pass away , gandhiji also passes away.Bharat unwillingly joins the army to fight the indo china war.The rest of the 2 hours is spend with various activities that happen while Laxman waits for Bharat to come back.
Salman Khan is endearing as the dimwitted Laxman aka Tubelight.He sticks on to the faith(yakeen) that the war will get over and his brother will return soon.He evokes tears and laughter.I liked the scene where he makes an effort to make a call to China.
Sohail Khan as Bharat looks too old to be a soldier in the army.The scenes between the two brothers are very heart warming,esp the one where Bharat goes for war.The rapport between the brothers actually lights up the screen.
Matin who makes his debut as Guo , lights up every scene with his presence,bringing in a lot of dark comedy.I liked his rapport with Laxman.The scene where he goes with Laxman regarding his confession is cute and funny.In the promotional events,Matin was in news for stealing the limelight from Salman Khan,well,he does the same in the movie too.
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Narayan is hot headed for no reason and is very irritating,and I liked it very much when Lily slapped him,also once when Laxman beat him up.I felt he deserved both the slap and the beatings.
Zhu Zhu as Lily appears sad most of the times and craves to be accepted as an Indian as every other Indian around her.
My favorite scene was SRK’s cameo as Kopo Pasha,the magician.I liked his kajoled eyes,tattooed cheek and his cool ear studs.Oh yeah,i liked his jacket too.He appears deceiving as a magician.Wish there was more of him.
Another scene I liked was the army recruitment scene.Salman Khan has brought in a lot of humour in those scenes,especially the scene where he demonstrates that he doesnt have lock knees.
Tubelight could have done away with a lot many scenes,and this is what makes it lengthy and boring,esp the second half. The word ‘Yakeen’ is overused and abused in Tubelight.There is hardly any scene where the word “yakeen” is not used.Almost everybody gives Laxman,a pep talk about ‘Yakeen’. At times,it looked like the dialogues were straight out of a Paulo Coelho book,where the emphasis is on self belief.
Tubelight doesn’t have too many songs,and one thing I liked is that it doesn’t have an item number.My favorite song is undoubtedly Bajai Radio,followed by Tinka Tinka.
The cinematography could have been better,the snow capped mountains look fake.
Tubelight is a one time watch for Sallu Bhai fans,the others can give it a skip.
Quotes that caught me :
Kaptaan,tujhe yakeen hai tu yeh kar paayega?
Sub ke liye main tubelight thaa,lekin uske liye main kaptaan tha.
Aur mere baad?
Tum… haa tum…
Gabrao matt Laxman,har insaan ke andar ek jaadugar chupa hua hai
Dosti toh karni padegi.
Tujhse tezz toh maine bola..toh tujshe zyaada Indian main hu.
Tu yeh kar sakta hai!
Soos..tujhe soos chaahiye thaa na.
Ye goo hai goo.
Goo nahi.. guo..guo.
Remometer : 3/5
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