Salman Khan film opened to a positive response across North India, with some areas registering as high as 60-70% occupancy in morning shows. Kabir Khan directorial has amassed $1.05 million (Rs 6.6 crore) in UAE-GCC, Dubai and other areas. In Tubelight, Salman Khan plays a simpleton who lost his soldier brother (played by Sohail Khan) during 1962 Indo-Sino war. That also propels Salman’s character to understand the grave consequences of war including its futility.
The film is an official remake of Little Boy – a nostalgic drama set against the backdrop of World War II. But the fact that Kabir selected a film that neither got a huge critical acclaim nor managed to set the cash registers ringing at the box office explains his preference for its universal appeal over its not so successful Box Office collection. The film also features Matin Rey Tangu and Chinese actress Zhu Zhu in key roles.
Kabir uses the plot, war backdrop, the special ability of the protagonist and the notion of faith much like the original, but uses an Indian context to get mass acceptance. The film which revolves around the camaraderie shared between Laxman (Salman Khan) and Bharat (Sohail Khan) also transports the audiences to 1962 during the India-China war.
Advance booking of the movie is been open Wednesday and as per exhibitors, it is getting the excellent pre-release response on ticket windows. The movie is positively expected to receive more than 75% of occupancy on its opening day in India, as it is suitable for both single screen as well as multiplex audience. As per early trends, Tubelight is likely to collect less than Rs 25 crore net at the Indian box office on the first day.