A highly anticipated, so-called ‘typical’ Bollywood movie, “Tubelight”, directed by filmmaker Kabir Khan, that stars brothers Salman Khan and Sohail Khan, talks about the plight of soldiers, their families, the futility of war, and explores themes like self-belief, and faith. The movie truly inspired me to inculcate an equally firm and deep-rooted sense of faith in myself and the universe.
The movie moved me to tears due to the impactful and extremely unpredictable series of events. “Tubelight” is the perfect example of a dramatic Bollywood movie with coordinated dancing, dramatic music, overdone expressions and all, but despite that, it packs a punch. It impacted me deeply.
Before I elaborate further on the theme that stood out the most for me personally—the faith in oneself—I should warn the reader that there are spoilers ahead. A few illustrative examples of that would be the scenes on moving the glass and the mountain, and stopping the war between India and China by an individual’s focus, concentration and belief.
These things may seem a bit far-fetched to most of us, but they had a hidden meaning behind the unbelievable exterior. That is that we all have the power to orchestrate and participate in groundbreaking events in this world, as long as we believe. Having faith is as important, if not more, as the actual science behind most things. This is something that is highly disputed, but in my eyes, this is how it is. This is purely my opinion and this movie really resonated with me thanks to this concept.
This movie is a must watch for all. Although it seems frivolous on the surface, the meanings hidden in the nooks and crannies of the events of the movie are informative and to an extent even inspiring.
The movie also makes us question our (not only us Indians but people around the globe) attitude towards people from the so-called enemy lands. In the movie, there are two characters of Chinese origin, a mother and son duo, born and brought up in India and living with true Indian spirits, who consider themselves to be part of this country. They are discriminated against only because of the way they look.
Many people, worldwide, are under the impression that the civilians, who are innocent and blameless, are representatives of their governments and must be punished for the cruel acts of their governments. However, what these—I’m sorry to say—closed minded people fail to understand is that governments are in a mad race for geographical, economical, and political power, and civilians are just caught in the crossfire, for no reason. People forget the futility of war. This movie reminds us of the millions of soldiers, young, and strong, who have a full life awaiting them, who sacrifice ‘everything’ for our protection, for the protection of their country and its people who they love unconditionally. They fulfil their duties and allow us to sleep at night feeling fearless and secure, with the knowledge that someone is always protecting us, by risking their lives for us. Now it is time for us to repay that debt, by stopping this meaningless loss of lives, every single day.
Let us pay homage to our soldiers by believing and hoping that one day we will live in a war free India. An India where the families of so many soldiers aren’t left without sons, brothers and fathers. An India where everyone is loved, respected and treated with dignity, no matter what their nationality. An India which is free from the clutches of warfare, death and political tactics. An India where you and I feel safe. We, the youth will build that India, and we will start that today.
This movie is can be enjoyed but only by understanding it. It needs to be understood by not only the rational minds but also the subtle minds, the spiritually engaging one, that can engage with irrational concepts of faith and belief.