Tubelight (2017)

Director Kabir Khan was trying for a follow up to the ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ act but doesn’t achieve it for many reasons.

While the emotional quotient was high in BB, the proceedings were kept to a luke warm intensity this time round, neither investing your attention nor wavering it.

Salman Khan does a decent job, crying the most in any of his roles to date, without making you question his sincerety. He has worked hard to step outside his comfort zone and deliver an act. The effort is present but the final result may leave a lot to desire. A cameo by Shah Rukh Khan makes for an interesting twist.

Child actor Matin Rey Tangu and his mom Zhu Zhu deliver lines with conviction, while Sohail Khan ably supports Salman. Om Puri is the wisdom in the film that uses parallels from history and non-violent events to show NOTHING is a co-incidence.

It was a decent attempt but not cohesive or with lasting impact.

2/5

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

Move over Dabbang fans, here we have a Salman Khan we have never seen before. In his most sincere, pure and unassuming role, we see a male lead nurturing a child.

Pavan is a big Bajrangbali believer. He gives you doses of the Salman you have to come to love. But he shows us a side of him we didn’t know existed. Humble, kind, a good human being and a fierce protector, his mission is clear and his approach is simple.

The female lead is even more impactful than him, without words! Little Harshaali Malhotra is an epitome of innocence and made sure the flood gates remained open. She wins hearts with a mere smile and has a twinkle in her eye we rarely witness on screen.

Kareena Kapoor Khan makes a special appearance with some good lines in a respectable role. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays a loveable character who has a graph that you cannot fathom. As always, he delivers the goods only he can deliver.

The film exposes many stereo types and prejudices, within our country and in Pakistan. But there are believers in humanity in both, which see us through a situation which could have become very dire.

The end result? A smashing good film. It surfaces feelings of love for a fellow human being, patriotism, doing the right thing and of course sticking to your principles and not wavering from your path. For that, and for capturing the beauty of human emotions and breathtaking locales, I give Kabir Khan full points.

There are films and there are experiences. Yes it’s a little clichéd and predictable, but it’s heart is in the right place and parts of it touch your soul, with expressions only.

3.5/5