Tubelight Teaser!

Well, this was agony.  I saw on twitter before work that it would be coming out this morning, and then I had to wait and wait and wait until I was finally able to watch it when I got home.  And now I have!

This was so much better than I was expecting!  Not that I was expecting “bad”, but I was thinking more like Sultan.  A good solid movie, that rides mostly on Salman’s stardom.  But this looks like a legitimate good movie all around!

For one thing, the visuals!  Oh my.  The children watching the flickering light, the two armies running towards each other with their shadows on the ground, the village watching a newsreel with our camera coming from behind the screen, that was all amazing!  I mean, just, wow!  Kabir Khan has never impressed me before particular with his visuals, they weren’t bad by any means, but they weren’t jaw-dropping. This is jaw-dropping.

Also, the story!  I mean, we obviously don’t know what the story is going to be.  But we can see it will combine war scenes with village scenes, with possibly also something supernatural?  I was assuming that “Tubelight” referred to Salman’s character being a little slow.  But now I am thinking maybe it is because he is slightly simple, but also possibly slightly powerful?  Kind of looks like he can cause earthquakes, and make the lights go on and off.  This whole thing is so ambitious!  So far from the simple “it’s about brothers!” way it was first promoted.  To combine these different threads into one story.

And finally, the message.  Has anyone else watched Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani?  It’s a bit of early classic.  And it’s based on a true story, an Indian doctor from Bombay during WWII who answered a call from Nehru for medical personnel to volunteer to help in China.  He went to China at 28, just graduated from medical school.  He died there 5 years later, never having been able to return home.  He saved thousands of lives, and finally died of, essentially, over-work.  While he China, he also married, a Chinese nurse.  And had a son, named “Yinhua”, “Yin” meaning China, and “hua” meaning India.

Now, in real life, the wife and son stayed in China.  But in the film version, the ending shows his widow and son arriving back in his village in India.  It’s a lovely ending, seeing his family in India embracing their daughter-in-law and grandson, getting some remnant of their son back, and the daughter-in-law embracing her new Indian identity.  And, I think, that is what this film might be about?  The sequel as it were, what happens after this young woman and child from very far away have landed in a small village in India.  And, I assume, the lesson will be that simple and good Salman is able to bond with them and see them for the humans they are, instead of just what they look like.

(Go to 9:30 to see the ending.  The voice over is him telling her what she will see when he takes her back to his home town, the old station master, the tongawallah, the gate of his house, and so on.  And the last line is his mother calling her “daughter-in-law”)


13 thoughts on “Tubelight Teaser!

  1. Honestly, this seemed like a poor man’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan. But I do like Kabir Khan so I’m curious to see what it’s like.
    Looks like this is based on Little Boy. Look at the credits at 1:39


    • I trust Kabir Khan to have a much more sensitive take on the “Little Boy” idea than the original. It would be hard to be less sensitive.

      On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 9:11 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • Well, I can tell you the thing that is definitely not going to be in the new one. It argues that the atomic bomb was dropped in response to a little boy’s prayers that his father would come home from WWII. Praying for the war to be over, great! But it is explicitly saying that the bomb was a miracle in response to prayer. Which seems a bit insensitive to all the thousands of people it killed.

          On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 9:18 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • That’s interesting, I wonder how Kabir Khan is going to indianize this. But you’re probably right that he’s going to be more sensitive.


          • I assume he will keep the idea of a simple soul (Salman this time) praying for a miracle which brings his loved one home. But I’m hoping it’s an earthquake or something!


          • Well, if this is a fictional earthquake (or some other something), they can pretend that it only did whatever the thing was that Salman needed, and didn’t cause any other harm. I hope.

            On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 4:20 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. I wonder if Salman’s character will Christian (not Muslim since he’s just done one). Both those religions have a much higher component of “faith” than Hinduism.


    • That would be interesting! It might also play into the Indian-Chinese connection, since they could make the Chinese woman a Christian as well.

      On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 4:22 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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