- Tubelight has managed to collect Rs 83.86 crore after four days
- "Tubelight was a wrong script," trade analyst Komal Nahta said
- According to Taran Adarsh, "Content is king"
So what exactly went wrong with Tubelight? On the day of the release, Salman Khan confessed at a press conference that he has been hearing that his fans don't like to see him cry - and in Tubelight, the actor sheds a lot of tears. This was the reaction from those leaving the cinema hall after the first show, apart from the fact that it's a very dull film - nothing like his earlier super-hits. Some fans went on to say that he should not make the mistake of discontinuing his trademark style, which his fans love. Trade analysts believe it's the content that failed and nothing else. Trade analyst Komal Nahta said, "The film failed to strike a chord, to touch the hearts of the people. Tubelight was a wrong script. When the drama doesn't entertain then any amount of fan following and love for the hero will not add value. The logic of loyal fan base is fine, but we should remember that first people are loyal to their money, they can't waste their money on anyone. Their money being wasted will not compensate their loyalty to any superstar."
Trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh added, "In the case of Tubelight, the content has not been appreciated, that is the main point. Some people are saying they don't want to see Salman in a different role now that may not be true because even in Sooraj Barjatiya's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo he did something different, then in Bajrangi Bhaijaan again he was different, nothing like his earlier films. In Sultan, he was a shattered man who bounces back. So in all these three films, Salman played different roles. His fans have accepted because the content was solid.Sultan collected Rs 30 crore plus for the first five days when it released and on Eid, which is supposed to be Salman's strong date at the cinemas, we saw a dip in the collections."
This may be a time of introspection for the superstar but the good news for his fans is that after Tubelight, Salman Khan will return to his tried and tested formula, with masala films like Dabangg 3 and Tiger Zinda Hai. The originals of both these films were blockbusters.