Tinka tinka dil mera – Jubin Nautiyal – Pritam | Tubelight (2017)


Movie: This song appeared in 2017 Kabir Khan Productions’ period drama set in the 1962 Sino-Indian War Era Tubelight directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Kabir Khan and Salman Khan. The movie starred Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu, Matin Rey Tangu, late Om Puri, etc. Even Shah Rukh Khan appears in a small role.

Lakshman Singh Bisht (Salman Khan) is an abnormal child and keeps being bullied by some children. They call him as Tubelight. He has a younger Bharat (Sohail Khan), who protects him from the bullies. During school days, the children are taught about faith, courage and belief by none other than Mahatma Gandhi. India is freed from the British Rule. Lakshman’s father was a bus driver and dies in a drunken driving accident. After losing his mother as well, the 2 brothers are left alone in the world. Gandhi also gets murdered. But, the brothers’ love for each other grows stronger.

Soon, the Sino-Indian war of 1962 begins and Bharat joins the army as a soldier. The war thickens and Bharat is injured to be sent back home. But, on the way, the injured soldiers are caught by the Chinese. On the other hand, Lakshman makes friendship with an Indian Chinese child Gu Won (Matin Rey Tangu) and his mother Li Leing (Zhu Zhu). When Lakshman gets to know that his brother has been taken prisoner by the Chinese, he goes to Li Leing for help thinking she can contact her relatives in China for help. But, unfortunately, there is nobody in that country Li can call her own. Even the male members of her family had been arrested on suspicion of spying for China.

Only a few people like Banne Chacha (Om Puri), Li Leing and others, keep up the faith burning in Lakshman. But, he gets to know that 264 Indian soldiers had been martyred, though the people close to him try to hide it from him. He almost loses hope. This song is heard in the background at this time.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Kausar Munir and the music was scored by Pritam.

The elder brother is sad that his younger brother has been martyred in the war.

Video: Cinematography is by Aseem Mishra.

The video opens with Salman Khan trying to stop Sohail Khan from going for the war. Om Puri consoles him. Next, there are several shots from scenes in the movie before the song. Finally, Salman Khan is seen burning his brother’s stuff as he had told him to do after his death. But, Salman Khan holds back the new boots that he had bought for his brother in hope.

Artists: The playback is sung by Jubin Nautiyal and the onscreen performances are by Salman Khan, Sohail Khan and Om Puri.

Cultural Influence: This typical filmi sad song is a reaffirmation of the love between brothers. The elder brother misses the younger one, now that the latter’s death had been announced. Something had been niggling at me for some time. Something was terribly wrong. During a war, I would think that soldiers would approach enemies hidden from the latter’s view. In this movie, it is shown that the Indian soldiers approach the enemy area through the open ground when there are several mountains surrounding them. They are literally sitting ducks to be ready to be killed by the enemy. If I were a soldier, I would hide behind boulders on the mountains to approach the enemies. I spoke to a rakhi brother of mine, who is a soldier in the Indian army regarding this. He confirmed my thoughts. In fact, when I told him the situation, his reaction was like, “Never.” Are we sending our soldiers to win wars or to commit suicide? Filmmakers should properly research stuff like this. Or else people get the wrong information. The song and the artists are really good. The video is watchable for the same.


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