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Some time ago Salman had created a laughter sensation by claiming he was a virgin. He seems to be living out that image in his recent film Bajrangi Bhaijaan and now Tubelight. In Tubelight Salmantakes on war-time strategies to show how love can conquer all. He behaves like an autistic cousin of the guy Ranbir Kapoor played in Barfi. Both should have been spanked as children for acting cute to cover up for their whimisicality.
It’s that mountainside air that does it. Our films automatically presume protagonists in the pahaadi provinces are pristine at heart and unversed in the loins. Check out Aamir Khan in Raja Hindustani,Ranbir Kapoor in Barfi, now Salman in Tubelight.
Let’s hope he doesn’t get typecast as the neo-Raj Kapoor. TheAwara/Sri 420 of this millennium who believes love can conquer war.The trailer lays out the blueprint of the hero’s guileless peace mission through vignettes that talk about and illustrate the power of faith. The word ‘yakeen’ is used repeatedly in the trailer to accentuate the sheer spiritual virginity of the protagonist Laxmi SinghBisht(a.k.a Tubelight).
There is no romantic alliance in Tubelight.What comes across very strongly in the trailer is the bhai-bonding between Salman and Sohail Khan. They play brothers in Tubelight. And on Laxmi’sinisistence younger brother Bharat takes off to fight for the motherland against China.
I don’t know how much of Kabir Khan’s melodramatic material is mock-grave. Throughout the trailer I felt Salman parodying the cult of cuteness to the point of making his character look caricatural.
But then again, I may be reading too much into a performance that is what it is because it doesn’t know any other way.
Innocence and candour are the guiding lights of Kabir Khan’s Eidpresentation.I just hope Tubelight is not more of Bajrangi Bhaijaanwith a anti-war message thrown in. God knows we want to seeSalman move further into the arena of character-assumption on screen rather than playing himself ad nauseam.
The Tubelight trailer also features a pointed sequence devoted to the late Om Puri.It only reminds us of how much we miss those who are gone suddenly.
The trailer of Tubelight offers us outstanding visual evidence of a directorial talent that moves in measured steps while remaining spontaneous in representing scenes straight out of life. What worries me is Salman’s simpleton’s act. Tubelight looks like a carryover of Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The Chinese are as good as adversaries as the Pakistanis. And a cute Chinese boy becomes Salman’s ally and responsibility, just like the adorable little girl in Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
My hope is pinned on Kabir Khan. He has never repeated himself. But Salman has.Ad nauseam.[tooltip type=”box” html=”Input Your Content Here” box_background_color=”#eeeeee” box_opacity=”0.95″ box_padding=”10″ box_border_color=”#3F3F3F” box_border_width=”1″ box_border_radius=”0″ id=”88b6af99531f838ed90aed058b7d870a” /][tooltip type=”box” html=”Salman Khan Bollywood Actor” box_background_color=”#eeeeee” box_opacity=”0.95″ box_padding=”10″ box_border_color=”#3F3F3F” box_border_width=”1″ box_border_radius=”0″ id=”c1b465420d07c688942ed18eadfd9f92″ /]