It is said that critics are irrelevant for a Salman Khan starrer or ant other massy films. However, this does not apply to films like Tubelight which is a more of a multiplex-friendly film.
Tubelight has received mixed to negative reviews from most of the Indian critics. But it is not as bad film as it is being made. In fact, most of the reviews focused on bashing Salman Khan's performance rather than criticising plot or direction.
Salman Khan delivers a pretty good performance as a mentally challenged person. Overall the film is not perfect but definitely watchable. Tubelight touched upon some very sensitive issues like Nationalism which is relevant today. But we don't see any critic praising or even mentioning it.
If it was any other actor's film, all the critics and media would have gone gaga over it thanks to their PR machinery. But here it was Salman Khan who does not care about critics. Before release, he said that critics can give his film minus 100 stars as he does not care at all. This statement definitely did not go well with critics and looks like they did personal bashing of Salman deliberately.
A famous reviewer said that he will not watch any Salman Khan starrer during Sultan controversy. Yet, he watched Tubelight and reviewed it just to mock Salman's performance. Also, they have to write controversial stuff about big stars to remain in the news. Apparently, his best films of 2016 were from production houses which are known to bribe critics. Not surprising.
One the one hand, if we have so-called intellectual critics, then there are some analyst-cum critics. It is a known fact that big stars and producer pay critics to write biased reviews. But this is not the case with Salman Khan. So even the most "Honest" critics were talking about screenplay and logic as if their 4 and 4.5 stars rated films were masterpieces. Tubelight was never going to do well in single screens. But it could have done better if the response from critics was better. Nowadays most of the multiplex audience decides to watch the film after reading reviews.
Critics have probably managed to sabotage Tubelight. But one has to admire the guts of Salman Khan who still does not give a damn about them. The megastar will return to his comfort zone in Tiger Zinda Hai which is releasing in December 2017. One wonders how critics are going to deal with it.