Tiger Zinda Hai Movie Review: A Treat For Salman Fans
In 2012, superstar Salman Khan and filmmaker Kabir Khan teamed up for spy thriller Ek Tha Tiger, in which Salman played a RAW agent on a mission and the film, an Eid release, had become a blockbuster. Years later, Salman is back as Tiger under the guidance of his Sultan director Ali Abbas Zafar for the sequel Tiger Zinda Hai, which takes our hero to Iraq. But does the sequel prove to be as worthy as the prequel? Let’s find out… Eight years after Tiger (Salman) and Zoya (Katrina Kaif) eloped and are presumed dead, a new threat looms on the horizon in the form of ISC (based on ISIS) leader Abu Usman, who is hungry for a bloodbath. When Usman is injured in an encounter and is rushed to a hospital, a bunch of Indian and Pakistani nurses are held hostage in the hospital and ordered to tend to Usman’s needs. In order to save the day, RAW head Shenoy (Girish Karnad) seeks out Tiger and requests him to assemble a team and head to Iraq to rescue the hostages. Needless to say, Zoya too joins the fray with an ISI team to save the Pakistani nurses and the two teams join forces to take on Usman. How they manage to do this, forms the rest of the plot. Salman as Tiger has a powerful screen presence, but the star seems disinterested and sports a perpetually smug expression throughout the film (the fact that he refers to himself in the third person in every second dialogue makes it tough to find him endearing). But the Bhai sure looks good, whether he is battling a pack of wolves or pampering his lady love or single-handledly taking on the bad guys. On her part, Katrina is quite pretty and looks quite good executing action scenes, but her pronounced Brit accent and her expressionless face, proves to be her undoing. Angad Bedi, who had impressed us in ‘Pink’ doesn’t get a meaty enough role despite being Tiger’s second-in-command while seasoned actors Paresh Rawal, Kumud Mishra and Girish Karnad are absolutely wasted. Iranian actor Sajjad Delafrooz as Abu Usman is charismatic and sinister in equal measures. I wouldn’t deny that ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is an entertaining ride and Salman fans will have a great time watching their idol take off his shirt and display his muscled torso while bashing up bad guys. The action scenes are larger-than-life and would warm the heart of any action junkie. But I need to say here (at the risk of being trolled by Bhai’s fans) that the film suffers from logic deficiency. Get this- Tiger’s actual name is Avinash Rathore, but Zoya, his wife and the mother of his child, addresses him as Tiger even during private conversations. If this was not all, an Indian agent on Tiger’s team proudly announces that he is carrying the Indian Tricolour while on a secret undercover mission and Tiger lets him get away with it because he is ‘jazbaati’! Many of the dialogues are unintentionally funny (the team’s code phrase in the field to identify fellow agents is the song “tu tu tu, tu tu taara”) and I had a merry chuckle imagining actual secret agents cringing while watching such scenes. Nevertheless, if you are a die-hard Salman fan, Tiger Zinda Hai will prove to be your dose of weekend entertainment.
Release Date : 22 December 2017
Banner : Yash Raj Films
Producer : Aditya Chopra
Director : Ali Abbas Zafar
Genre : Action