Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Feb 2017 14:25:23

Director Kabir Khan, who is third time collaborating with Salman Khan in Tubelight, has said that the superstar will surprise audience with his all new avatar in the upcoming war drama.

Heaping praise on the 51-year-old actor, Kabir said Salman’s performance will be even better than what he did in the duo’s last released Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
“Salman will be very different in Tubelight. If people thought he was different in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, here he is five steps ahead,” Kabir told reporters.
Kabir Khan’s Tubelight will have elements of comedy and drama with politics as its backdrop.

“It is about a personal issue. Can’t talk about what exactly right now. Needless to say, my films always have a political backdrop to them because that’s what excites me and I find real. So Tubelight also has a little political backdrop,” Kabir told PTI recently.

Right from his debut Kabul Express, to New York and his last, Phantom, the filmmaker has helmed movies that have a strong political background.
Tubelight will mark the third collaboration between Kabir and the 50-year-old Dabangg star after blockbusters Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

When asked if their upcoming film will follow the lines of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kabir said, “In terms of its emotional space it is similar to Bajrangi Bhaijaan. But story is very different. It is more of humour and emotional space that we (Salman and I) haven’t delved into.”

It was reported that Salman will be undertaking a journey of enlightenment from India to China in the film. The director said Tubelight will have a ‘China element in the story’ but he has shoot the film in Ladakh.
Post the blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan there is massive expectations from the duo but the director said he does not take any “pressure”.

“I don’t take the pressure of expectations. That last film was a hit or flop. You can’t move ahead if you take that pressure. If I had taken the pressure of Ek Tha Tiger, I would’ve made a film like that again. But we departed and made Bajrangi Bhaijaan.”

“We have made Tubelight and if people like the film, the business will be similar or more than Bajrangi... and if they don’t, then it would be a bit low.”
Kabir said filming Tubelight” was physically gruelling.
“Every film has it’s own challenges. I shoot a lot in outdoor locations, this time I shot in the mountains of Ladakh. That must’ve been physically the most challenging to shoot.”

The director said the film is nearly complete and is gearing up for a big release in June.
“We have completed the film. Only a day’s shoot is left. Eid is on June 26 so we are coming on June 23.”