Salman Khan’s Tubelight is set in 1962 during the Sino-Indian war but its producer is confident moviegoers in India and internationally will relate to the multiple issues and themes portrayed.
“Even though it is a period film Tubelight is as pertinent to the world we live in today- and the issues and conflicts we see around us,” Amar Butala, who produced the Kabir Khan-directed drama, told me this week.
“Kabir has made a fantastic film which tells the story of one man’s belief in himself and his love for his family,” said Butala, who is chief operating officer of Salman Khan Films.
Launching on June 23 to cash in on the Eid vacation, the film follows Khan as Laxman, a simple-minded man-child who sets off to find his brother Bharat (Salman’s real life brother Sohail Khan).
Posted on YouTube on May 25, the trailer has had 12 million views, pointing to intense global interest in the drama which co-stars Chinese actress Zhu Zhu, Matin Rey Tangu, the late Om Puri and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. Shah Rukh Khan has a cameo.
At the trailer launch Salman was referring to Butala when he said his company’s CEO was feeling the pressure for the film to perform in the wake of SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion, which has amassed a phenomenal 1,633 crore ($245.4 million) worldwide.