Tubelight suffers from a painfully slow narrative that just keeps dragging on and on until it meets its fateful end in the form of one of the most cliched climaxes in Bollywood. By the time, the filmmaker makes his point, it's a tad late and you find yourself already drowning in the puddles of 'kya tumhe yakeen hai' in almost every character's dialogues.
Salman Khan is the only flickering ray of hope in this damp squid. It's quite heartening to watch him play a man-child with such innocence and vulnerability.
There's a dialogue in the film which goes like- "Yakeen ek tubelight ki tarah hota hai...der se jalta hai...lekin jab jalta hai, toh full light kar deta hai." The same holds true for Salman Khan's Eid release Tubelight. It takes its own sweet time to flicker but then barely lasts to shine bright!