Why were 14 minutes cut?
Subhash K Jha finds out.
The original plans of preserving Tubelight's playing time -- 2 hours, 35 minutes -- have been dropped.
Kabir Khan's film has been pruned to 2 hours, 16 minutes after the post-production was completed.
"Kabir Khan's films are longer than the 2 hours that the multiplex viewing audience favours," says a well-informed source.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan -- Kabir's last film starring Salman Khan -- was 2 hours, 43 minutes long, and it worked just fine.
Tubelight was edited and readied at a playing time of 2 hours, 35 minutes.
But then the filmmakers decided to cut the film by 14 minutes a week before its release.
This makes Tubelight Salman's shortest film in recent times.
Sultan, Salman's last release, was 2 hours, 50 minutes long.
We have told you how long Bajrangi Bhaijaan was.
And Sooraj Barjatya's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was just over 3 hours long.