Tubelight Trailer! A Pacifist War Movie

Sorry sorry, it was out a few days ago and I missed it.  Blame Salman, not me!  I follow him on twitter and everything, and this was not mentioned!  At least, not mentioned enough, I was able to miss it.  Salman!  You’ve got to tweet this things like a dozen times to make sure they get noticed!

We already got to see the teaser trailer, which told us about what we already knew from the poster and stuff.  It’s set during the Indo-Chinese war, Sohail plays Salman’s brother, they live in a small mountain town, and there is an adorable little Chinese boy and Zhu Zhu, Salman is “simple” in the kind of sweet and special way he was in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, but more so.

But this trailer, the longer one, adds a lot of much needed layers to the ideas of the film.  I was a little afraid, from the last teaser, that this might be more of a war movie.  The battle scenes were giving me unpleasant Rangoon flashbacks.  This trailer makes it clear that this is not a war movie, not a movie that glorifies war, but rather a film that glorifies the end of war.  And you know what?  A lot of that is on Sohail Khan!  Good for him!


There’s a shot early on, Salman is listening to the patriotic speech and enthusiastically raises Sohail’s arm up as a volunteer, and Sohail gives him a look like “wait, no!  You don’t really understand what is happening”.  And the battle scenes, when we get a close-up on Sohail’s face, not just the big action scenes, he looks scared and confused and out of his depth.  Not like he is a coward, but like this is something he was not properly prepared for and a place where he should not be.

We also get shots of coffins arriving in the small town.  That combined with the patriotic speech makes me think that this town in particular was pressured to give more than it could.  That it was “tricked” into sacrifices it shouldn’t have to make.

And then there’s Zhu Zhu and the little boy.  We don’t see them being teased so much in this trailer as in the other.  But I think we can put it together that another price of war is that innocent bystanders are blamed for things they had nothing to do with, Zhu Zhu and son (?) are punished by the villagers for being Chinese.

I am hoping that we are going to see a journey similar to Bajrangi Bhaijaan from unthinking patriotism to thoughtful humanism taken by Salman, our “simple” character.  He begins wanting to be in the army, thinking they are heroes.  And, slowly, he comes to realize the price and the pointlessness of war and just want for there to be peace.


4 thoughts on “Tubelight Trailer! A Pacifist War Movie

  1. I really liked the trailer when compared to the teaser which was kind of underwhelming.
    By the way, did this remind you of Barfi a little?


    • Maybe a little, but not a lot. It reminded me a lot more of Bajrangi Bhaijaan. I haven’t seen Barfi, but the trailer at least seemed to be selling our hero as super confident and charming, his disability had no effect on his self-confidence. Whereas this one seemed to make it clear that Salman did struggle with his disabilities (whatever they are). Plus, much more grounded sort of story about family and community and stuff, instead of just a love triangle.

      On Sat, May 27, 2017 at 4:20 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Yeah, Ranbir in Barfi was very confident even though he had disabilities.

        Anyway, it seems like Sohail’s role is pretty big. That kind of worries me…


        • I’m going to try to give Sohail a chance, But it makes me worried too.

          On Sat, May 27, 2017 at 9:37 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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