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‘Tubelight’: Are we not ready to accept Salman Khan as anything but an archetypal protagonist?

‘Tubelight’: Are we not ready to accept Salman Khan as anything but an archetypal protagonist?

Salman Khan and Matin Rey Tangu in Tubelight

Doughty, dynamic, spirited, charismatic? No. This time he is vulnerable, delicate, content with his own simplicity. Salman Khan wore a tint of new characteristics for ‘Tubelight‘ and that is enough appreciable. What then stops the audience from greeting the film with love, like they’ve always done to Salman Khan’s films?

Go back to Khan’s last release ‘Sultan’. Another Eid release, this one opened to a collection of Rs 36.59 crore. After one week, it stood with an amount of over Rs 100 crore and had a lifetime collection of over Rs 300 crore. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, Salman’s 2015 Eid release, minted approximately Rs 27 crore on its opening day. It again bagged a lifetime collection of around Rs 315 crore, out of which around Rs 101 crore came within the first week itself. Talk about ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’, one of his biggest blockbusters that released on 2015 Diwali. It grossed around Rs 195 crore total, but opened to a very successful first-day business of around Rs 39 crore.

‘Tubelight’, however, earned around Rs 21 crore on its first day, and after four days which included an Eid, stands with Rs 81.25 crore. The tubelight is flickering!

The herculean crowd-puller of Bollywood. An efficient director. A national Holiday. All have seemed to worked out in past. What stops ‘Tubelight’ from flourishing as much as we thought, then? It is the year-old hunch Salman has developed about himself?

We, as audience, are customarily non-receptive to new things. We like to be served familiar dishes wrapped in prepossessing packages but have to be accustomed to the ingredients.

Salman, over the years, has come across as the unputdownable, undefeatable, quintessential hero who wins both battles and a woman’s heart with utmost ease. He is foiled in perfection and decked up with charisma; so much that his imperfections glisten in glory too. He doesn’t snivel in agony, he alters fate and turns it in his favour. He doesn’t give up, he would rather persuade until he has won it. This heroism, with all its valour, has become an integral part of Salman’s public image. Present him as an emotional, vulnerable, reliant individual and we won’t take it. Besides, the conflicts shown in ‘Tubelight’ are more emotional. It is a thorough narration of how war devastates us, but you don’t see Salman performing his high-octane kicks. Neither does he become the romantic lover boy and tries to woo the woman of his dream. ‘Tubelight’ is about the unspoken yet limitless love of brotherhood. Thus, no passionate or amorous act from Bhai.

The unnecessary comparisons between ‘Tubelight’ and blockbusters like ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Sultan’ only made it difficult; given that the content, this time, is drastically different from any of Salman’s earlier films.

This is the point where we indulge in some self-questioning. How liberal are we, in giving our actors chances to experiment? How receptive are you to let them change their skins and explore different shades? What would we choose among an non-evolving comfort zone or the ever-changing faces of cinema?

Raising a hand, anyone?

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STOP judging the misery of Bollywood stars. They're as humane as we are

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning, have your cuppa of coffee and then grab up a newspaper in your hand, only to see a BREAKING scandal on the first page which is all about YOU. What would be your reaction? You’ll be shocked and paranoid, right?

The same goes for our Bollywood celebrities too.

They are famous, and we think that they are over-privileged, and so, we rob them of all the humanity we pride ourselves upon. We forget that Bollywood celebrities might also get the same feeling of helplessness when they are pulled into a puddle without any reason; for those just for the sake news. The point we want to prove here is that, we literally rely on the lives of our Bollywood celebrities; what they eat? where are they vacationing/partying? she was so fake during that interview?, and we so love it.

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But on a franker note, do we really know when to not cross the line? Let’s talk about a recent example, that of megastar Amitabh Bachchan. When many media houses reported (not us) that Senior Bachchan had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai; but the truth was something else. The star had actually visited the hospital for a routine check-up as he was complaining about a pain in his lumbar. Later, Big B penned down a poem in Hindi which explained that while he totally understands the photographers’ need for his pictures to continue their work and it is just part of their profession, those camera flashes may act hazardous at times, especially to the eyes, which is why he hid his face with a hat. PERIOD! Have a look at his heartfelt poem below:

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That’s just one of the example, when a problem of a star was not at all sympathised, but was churned into a BREAKING news.

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Even actress Preity Zinta recently became the catch for many media portals when the dimpled beauty was snapped exiting a hang-out spot in Mumbai wearing a ill-fitted dress. And then what, there were speculations that Is Preity Zinta pregnant and is that a Baby bump she is flashing? Like really peeps, now a actress can’t even wear a loose clothing piece, does everything needs to be oh-so gossip tuned?

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When Deepika Padukone talked about her depression story, without a doubt there were fans who sympathised the lady. But over time, there were also many who pointed out the credibility of her confession. Questions were raised and statements were thrown at her which in a gist meant that being a lady who enjoyed so much fame and money, how could she claim of suffering from depression. Clearly, such people just proved their ignorance of the fact that Depression is not just a verb, but actually a mental illness which can claim anyone, irrespective of status, wealth, talent and beauty.

How fickle and heartless we are as audience. We claim to be head over heels in love with our stars and yet when it comes to such times and things, we leave no chance to take a jibe at them.

Few months back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paid the price of being a celebrity, when paparazzi zoomed and clicked some tacky snaps of the star when she had visited Manish Malhotra‘s residence for dinner, along with her hubby. But instead of being supportive and taking Aish’s side, social media took pleasure out of those GROSS photos. We wouldn’t have reacted the same way if it would have happened with someone close to us, right?

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Yesterday, a media portal bashed Sonakshi Sinha with her choice of ensembles which she wore during her film’s promotion. While we do get that everything cannot be sugar-coated, but we do need to be subtle in the way that even celebs as humans get what we are trying to say.

Forget sympathy, where is the empathy?

Are we affirming the fact that celebrities are rich and so their misery is not at all real? Why can’t we gulp the fact that the problems of our stars are also genuine? Their misery, no matter how public, are real, even in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. Agreed that they are rich, move in their swanky cars and do what not; but at last they are HUMANS just like you and me.

Lastly, not all celebrities are publicity obsessed. And we should surely learn where to draw a line. TIME OUT!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

Sincerely,
A guy who misses you on big screen

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