An Unconventional Hero
After having played muscular savants with a heart of gold in his recent films, for the first time, Salman Khan has let go of the machismo and has completely submitted to the vision of the filmmaker, Kabir Khan. In Tubelight, Salman Khan plays a simple man who is a little slow. When his soldier brother gets lost across the border in China during the 1962 Sino-Indian war, he goes out to search for him in the face of indomitable odds. A challenging role and it would be a treat to watch Salman Khan get into the skin of 'Tubelight'.
The Kabir Khan-Salman Khan chemistry
Kabir Khan delivered a copybook Salman Khan vehicle with the 2012 film Ek Tha Tiger. After that became a super-hit, Kabir Khan made Salman Khan play a character, not an action hero in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. When that gamble paid off massively, Kabir Khan took the risk to position Salman in an entirely character-oriented project like Tubelight. Speaking to The Quint, Kabir Khan once said, "I'd definitely say that Salman has gone beyond Bajrangi Bhaijaan in Tubelight. Way beyond as an actor. Yes, he becomes the character completely."
Salman Khan romancing a Chinese heroine
That's right. Zhu Zhu, the Chinese VJ-turned-singer-turned-actor is playing the female lead in Tubelight. For the first time, Salman Khan is acting opposite an actor not chosen, in particular, for her looks or star-value. Zhu Zhu, being a Chinese woman, will fit right into her role in Tubelight whose story itself is set in China. It will be lovely to see Salman Khan's romantic chemistry with Zhu Zhu when their characters are both trapped by the barriers of language.
The Shah Rukh Khan factor
Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan come together and share screen-space as full-fledged characters after fifteen long years! They were last seen together in the 2002 film Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam. After multiple fallouts, Salman and SRK stopped working together in films. But now, Shah Rukh Khan will appear in an important cameo role in Tubelight and one cannot help but imagine how the two will look together on screen.
The Indo-China war
As much as India and Pakistan's relations have been explored in mainstream Hindi cinema countless of times, the Indo-China war has rarely been the backdrop of a Hindi film. The only film to have explored the 1962 Sino-Indian war is Chetan Anand's Haqeeqat. As such, Tubelight, whose story occurs in the backdrop of the war between India and China, will hopefully shed light on a part of Indian history that has been ignored by filmmakers.