- Salman Khan's film collected a little over Rs 100 crore in the first week
- Tubelight was 'rejected' by cine-goers, said a film critic
- Tubelight released to abysmal reviews on July 23
Tubelight aimed to score big box office number with the tried and tested formula of Bajrangi Bhaijaan but Kabir Khan and Salman's film completely backfired on them. Film critics and cine-lovers unanimously panned Tubelight.
Film critic Raja Sen reviewed the film for NDTV and wrote Tubelight "is possibly the worst performance of Salman's chequered career." He added that Tubelight "means well" but is "rendered unwatchable because of the leading man." Raja Sen gave Chinese actress Zhu Zhu and Itanagar-based Matin Rey Tangu a thumbs-up. "We get fine performances from bright Chinese actress Zhu Zhu and, most memorably, moon-faced child Matin Rey Tangu, who should have swiftly replaced the lead," he wrote. He gave the film one star out of five.
Tubelight is set during the 1962 Indo-China war and it is the story of Laxman (Salman Khan), who is desperate to find his brother Bharat (Sohail Khan), who goes MIA during the war. Tubelight also stars Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and late actor Om Puri.