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Ek Tha Tiger – movie review

Salman Khan's mere presence evokes audience applause and frenzy


Film Review  -Ek Tha Tiger

This time the tiger kicks and punches around the world and finally gets hooked in love to a spy across the border. This is Salman Khan as Ek Tha Tiger.

In the dark world of intelligence and espionage… all information is guarded in the name of national security… But some stories escape the fiercely guarded classified files… stories that become legends.

This is one such story… a story that shook the very foundation of this dark world.

The film begins with amazing action sequence which is almost on par withHollywoodaction flicks.

Avinash Singh Rathore aka Tiger (Salman Khan) resides in a middle class locality inDelhi. He is a rugged, handsome and mysterious bachelor about whom his neighbours knew nothing.

That was because he wasIndia’s top spy, an officer with the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW),India’s external intelligence agency. This man was known even in official corridors as TIGER.

Tiger is a one-man-army. In the corridors of RAW, Tiger is a legend. Few have known his real name. But underneath the tough exterior resides a lonely soul who has numbed out all human feelings. Till Zoya walks into his life…

A father figure, mentor and boss, Shenoy (Girish Karnad) was the one who christened ‘Tiger’. The most experienced and revered name in RAW, he holds the high-pressure post of the RAW chief. Shenoy is a man of sharp intelligence, high ideals and unflagging sense of duty.

While having an intimate chat at a dinner in Tigers house, Shenoy spoke his heart out about how he was once in love and now regrets that he missed an opportunity to get a life partner.

Immediately on successfully completing his mission in Iraq, Tiger is sent on a relatively easy and safe mission to Dublin, Ireland to observe a scientist of Indian origin who is suspected of sharing his research findings with the Pakistan defence establishment.

Zoya (Katrina Kaif) is a young British girl of Indian origin who is a student at the Dance Academy of the prestigious Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Vivacious, fun-loving, warm hearted and astonishingly beautiful, Zoya exudes energy and charm. It takes one meeting for Tiger to become a willing captive of her sparkling persona.

Gopi (Ranveer Shorey) is one of the finest minds recruited by Shenoy in RAW. Tiger and him have grown together to be the most trusted RAW agents and buddies. More than a friend, Gopi has remained Tiger’s conscience and a constant shadow. He is probably the only person in the world that knows what exactly Tiger is up to at any given moment in time.

Tiger attempts to meet the scientist but is not successful. He tries to befriend the scientist’s part time home caretaker, Zoya. As Tiger begins to get closer to Zoya… he begins to discover his human side.

For the first time in his life Tiger falls in love…

It is all put to test… when his protege Tiger decides to follow his heart.

Ironically, Shenoy instructs Gopi to find Tiger and finish him off, come what may. This senior RAW officer now has suddenly discovered his professional side – and to that extent he tells Gopi to finish Tiger in such a manner that his face cannot be identified.

What follows is a tumultuous journey that Tiger and Zoya embark upon, battling the dark world of intelligence and espionage that forbids its soldiers from falling in love…

The chemistry between Salman and Katrina is missing on screen atleast. At times it appears that the lead pair is forced to deliver their lines.

These few issues aside, it is mere Sallu bhai’s entry on the screen which evokes audience applause and frenzy.  Atleast one more star for this iconic star of bollywood.

The film begins well with a fast paced initial sequence, but then on it is a disappointment. It is neither a hard core action film, nor a peppy love story.

Salman Khan –Tiger / Avinash Singh Rathod
Katrina Kaif – Zoya
Girish Karnad – Senior RAW officer Shenoy
Roshan Seth
Ranveer Shorey – Gopi

Credits & Crew:

Director: Kabir Khan
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Director of Photography: Aseem Mishra
Screenplay & Dialogues: Kabir Khan and Neelesh Misra
Story: Aditya Chopra
Music: Sohail Sen and Sajid – Wajid
Executive Producer: Aashish Singh
Action Consultant: Conrad E. Palmisano
Directors of Choreography: Vaibhavi Merchant and Ahmed Khan Editor: Rameshwar S. Bhagat Sound: Debasish Mishra & Dwarak Warrier Production Designers: Sukant Panigrahy (India), John Hand (Ireland), Melih Boragan (Turkey), Carlos Urdanivia (Cuba) & Worapol Dhanashoti (Thailand)
Lyrics: Kausar Munir, Neelesh Misra and Anvita Dutt
Costume Designers: Alvira Khan & Ashley Rebello, Arun Chauhan,
Anoushka Veljee
Background Music: Julius Packiam
Casting Director: Shanoo Sharma
Line Producer: Yogendra Mogre
Action Director (Dublin and Turkey): Markos Rounthwaite
Stunt Coordinator (India): Pervez Feroz
First Assistant Director: Karishma Kohli
Publicity Design: Fayyaz Badruddin (YRF – Design Cell)
Publicity Stills: Suresh Natarajan
Film Stills: Zahir Abbas Khan

Ek Tha Tiger – movie review