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Movie Review: Tubelight

November 3rd, 2017 | by Manisha Surange

Movie: Tubelight
Cast: Salman Khan, Zhu Zhu, Sohail Khan, Om Puri, Matin Rey Tangu
Writer: Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaika, Manurishi Chadha (Dialogues)
Director: Kabir Khan
Our rating: 3.5/5
Official trailer:

We get to see Shah Rukh Khan’s cameo in Tubelight, Salman Khan is superb in the film, little Matin is a star. The film showcases amazing camerawork and the songs Main Agar and Kintu Parantu are exceptional! Tubelight is a treat for a Salman Khan fan.

Laxman Singh Bisht (Salman Khan) lives in a small town called Jagatpur in Kumaon. He is a slow-witted person and grows up under the protection of his caring younger brother Bharat Singh Bisht (Sohail Khan). Many others tease Laxman and bully him. They call him Tubelight, Bharat takes care of his brother and keeps others to maintain decency with Laxman. When a war breaks out— The Sino-Indian war of 1962, Bharat and other youngsters from the town are encouraged to join the Indian army and face the enemy. Laxman also tries his best to join the army but fails the physical test and is left behind at home. This makes Laxman feel very lonely, who is not just innocent, vulnerable but unable to protect himself. An Indian woman of Chinese origin Lee Ling (Zhu Zhu) who hails from Calcutta to stay there with her little son Guwo (Matin Ray Tangu). While Laxman does not approve of them initially, he is taught to follow the Gandhian principle of befriending those who are enemies by Banne Chacha (Om Puri). Soon Lee and Guwo become Laxman’s only friends in a place where others were mostly unkind in their behavior towards him or do not care about his antics.

Laxman meets the army chief posted there, Major Rajveer Tokas (Yashpal Sharma) and asks for his brother but there is no suitable reply. While others fear Bharat is no more, Laxman is sure and has faith that keeps him looking for his brother. Banne Chacha guides his and tells him that faith can even move mountains, which Laxman takes very literally and tries to do so. He believes that his brother will return, who has been captured by the Chinese army and will return from the front and declares that he will get Bharat back with his ‘yakeen’. The story is inspired by American war-drama film Little Boy with a few changes here and there and the makers give due credit to the original film. Tubelight has a relevant story and has Laxman’s character play magic on screen. Although the ending is predictable the climax of the film has a nothing surprising.

Salman is the star of the film and gives a good performance. He is great with real life brother Sohail, they share an endearing bond. Salman Khan’s act in the last scene is exceptional and will have many emotional. Sohail Khan is good in his role but is not very expressive. Shah Rukh Khan is great in his cameo and presents brilliance in his look. Late actor Om Puri is brilliant in the film and delivers a nice performance. Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub and Brijendra Kala are wonderful actors but the script does not give them much screen time. Yashpal Sharma is suitable as the army Major. Child actor Matin Ray Tangu is adorable and showcases his talent well. Chinese actress Zhu Zhu looks beautiful and makes a remarkable Bollywood debut with this film.

Tubelight shines brightly, the film should be watched with the family. The actor-director team have given us yet another interesting saga.

Tubelight releases on 23rd June 2017.

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