Tubelight: Salman Khan tries to act but does he succeed?


There is also an aesthetic quality to war-scenes here. And why is he so loud in the film? Kabir manages to keep war and its grave sequences at bay but uses it effectively to highlight the fragility of human relations in the face of it. This is not to say he doesn’t falter. But that’s about it. It’s a mere distraction; it hardly hides the loopholes of a weak story. Salman’s otherwise constructed, awkward body language gives away to something raw and unimaginable here. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t have many scenes that push Salman to put his best show on the table. There is a rare honesty here that shines through. This is also perhaps the most moving performance by a contemporary star in recent times. Few minutes into Tubelight and you are pulled into the world of Laxman Singh Bisht (played by Salman Khan) who is a dim-witted man. 2017-06-24T16:02:39+00:00″>
Published:June 24, 2017 4:02 pm

Salman Khan in a still from Tubelight. It doesn’t really want to get out of its comfort zone. He is more focused on illuminating Salman-Sohail’s on-screen bond. You see early in the film that the innocent world of Laxman-Bharat is torn apart by a war raging at the border. In one scene, he is holding a photograph of Sohail and crying his heart out. The film lacks complexity and intelligence. Laxman loves his younger brother Bharat (played by Salman’s real-life brother Sohail Khan). The small skirmishes between Narayan (Zeeshan Ayyub) and Salman’s character feel more like some childhood adventures rather than some serious arguments between two adults. Tubelight lacks a strong antagonist. And sometimes you need silly, stupid men to see the world and its complexities through a different prism. It’s a deeply affecting scene. A wafer-thin plot fails Salman Khan in Tubelight. And he succeeds, that’s the surprise. Salman more or less feels like an aged, tired man trying too hard to sound and act silly. What ‘good’ is good if you don’t have evil to make it shine? Kabir Khan doesn’t try to lend a certain gravity to soldiers getting ready to leave their homes to an uncertain war. It’s a beautiful contrast. You don’t complain because Tubelight is not a war film. In a way, his whole body language feels more staged rather than natural. He is placed in the film to espouse Salman’s viewpoints rather than bringing his own personality. That’s why you get hooked. This is a perfect Salman moment and he owns it. Perhaps he was right all along the way to try not to put efforts into acting. So, there is no real clash between Salman’s ideologies with that of crooked, twisted mentality of people inhabiting a much darker world. We understand Salman is a man-child, but why Zeeshan is acting like a stupid, grown-up man? Can he afford the risk again? Tubelight is all more of an aimless wandering in the woods. Laxman’s world isn’t about going to the office like any other regular 20-something adult. Salman just breaks down and gives you an act of a lifetime. That’s what makes it so appealing and endearing. What could’ve been a luminous, buoyant film about hope, humanity and futility of war is a squandered opportunity? Also, you have to throw another nagging feeling in a dustbin — that two middle-aged, bulky actors Salman and Sohail are trying to play youthful men in their early 20s. If you’re making a film about a dim-witted man, that doesn’t mean you have to simplify a film’s script also. Something magical transpires in this particular scene. There is a scene when Sohail is about to leave and is already on board an army vehicle. In one word: Tubelight is lazy. One of the problems in Tubelight is everybody surrounding Salman is equally good and humble-natured. Instead of elevating Salman Khan to a much more nuanced, layered character, Kabir Khan has dumbed down every other character to bring them to Salman’s mental level. If there is one thing Laxman wants to keep safe and close to him, it’s his brother Bharat. His world is simpler if not sophisticated. There are few scenes when the actor in Salman resurfaces and shines. It’s also a genuine attempt by an ageing superstar to display a dash of humanity. That’s another impressive act from Salman. Narayan makes fun of Salman, even calls him a ‘traitor’. They are not gritty and gruelling in nature as in a JP Dutta film. When Salman Khan is finally ready to act, why in the name of God, you won’t give him a fine script? Tubelight is shameless in manipulating you. The film is not about sibling love though; it’s about Salman and his ‘belief’. China is not Pakistan. Army officer Rajbir (Yashpal Sharma) is also given a one-note performance. But you want to blame it on the plot after seeing what Salman is able to do if he is given the right material. In a sense, Laxman is loyal to his brother. Related News
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