It is the festive season and the end of the year across the country, and many big films often hit the theaters on this occasion. This year Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer, Tiger Zinda Hai released in theatres, and many things go in its favour. Blockbuster movie Ek Tha Tiger Apart from being a sequel, the film also boasts of a tremendous star cast, amazing action-packed trailers and chartbuster music. So does the year end on a high with Tiger Zinda Hai? Or does this film disappoint? Let’s review.
Tiger Zinda Hai is the story of an Indian and Pakistani spy who come together for a great reason. Tiger (Salman Khan) and Zoya (Katrina Kaif) escape the clutches of ISI and RAW and then start living an idyllic life on the snowy mountains of Europe. Meanwhile in Ikrit, Iraq, Abu Osman (Sajjad Delafrooz) emerges as the head of the ISC, which becomes the world’s richest and most dangerous terrorist organization. The Americans are enraged and they attack Abu and his convoy, in which Abu is injured. At the same time, a group of 40 nurses – 25 Indians and 15 Pakistanis – are on their way to where she works. Abu’s men force the nurses to take Abu along to treat Abu immediately. They take over the hospital and take the nurses hostage. The Americans decide to launch an air raid on the hospital within 7 days. Therefore, Indians have only one week to rescue the nurses. It is impossible to infiltrate the high security ISC area. RAW Senior Officer Sinoy (Girish Karnad) suggests that Tiger should be called in as he is the only person who can successfully complete this mission. Tiger is found and he immediately takes up the mission. How Tiger infiltrates the ISC area and saves the nurses, all this is revealed after watching the rest of the film.
Tiger Zinda Hai begins on a catchy note with a sequence from James Forward (Tyler Govardhan). Abu Usman has spread terrorism, it is very well depicted. As expected, Tiger’s entry is clapping and will be greeted with whistles and clapping. The whole wolf scene is at par with international standards and it really makes you feel that Hindi cinema has indeed attained the height of development. There is an unexpected bit in the film that it deals with marital problems faced by Tiger and Zoya. Of course, the fun comes when Tiger reaches Iraq and plans to go to the hospital. The introduction of Firdous (Paresh Rawal) adds to the humor in the film. The market scene before the interval is quite elaborate but also very entertaining. The fun continues till the second half but the pace of the film slows down a bit here. Also, it looks a bit unreliable which can be overlooked. Tiger and his team didn’t feel like the wounded had to be taken to the hospital – they could easily self-treat at the refinery. The makers probably should have shown him more injured. Also, the way in which Zoya and Fiordus convince the Americans to be on their side, and Zoya commanding the Americans, is a bit hard to digest. The story falls apart in the middle, but picks up pace in the last 30 minutes. The climax is once again quite long but it is shot brilliantly and gives the audience value for their money.
The story of Nilesh Mishra and Ali Abbas Zafar is a perfect blend of emotions, action, romance, humor and patriotism. And at the same time, it is a great sequel to Ek Tha Tiger and it is definitely commendable. The screenplay of Ali Abbas Zafar is captivating. Ali Abbas Zafar’s dialogues are simple yet highly effective. English dialogue is used in many places, but once again, they are quite simple, and those scenes are scripted and directed in such a way that even those who can’t understand English or read the subtitles By looking at them, you can easily understand what is going on. Ali Abbas Zafar’s direction attracts massive attention and at the same time ensures that the film is his class product. He doesn’t waste time setting up the world and the characters and all of these instantly blend into the story. The romantic scenes between Tiger and Zoya are also well depicted. One of the most interesting aspects is the entire India-Pakistan angle and it is sure to bring a smile to the faces of the audience as well as tears. A wonderful message of peace is given in this film, which should be appreciated!
Vishal-Shekhar’s music is melodious and fits well into the script. ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’ is very cute. ‘Tera Noor’ is the best featured song from the movie and it’s great that such a song is used in such a contrasting situation. ‘Swag Se Swagat’ is a chartbuster song and is played for giving credits at the end. ‘Zinda Hai’ and ‘Data Tu’ are missing from the film but no complaints about it! Julius Packham’s background score is dramatic and exhilarating and picks up the pace of the film.
Marcin Lascavius’s cinematography is captivating and gives the film an international feel. Rameshwar S Bhagat’s editing is simple and accurate in many places. The action of Tom Struthers is not too bloody and will be liked by the people. Rajneesh Haido’s production design is very authentic. The same goes for YFX’s VFX as well – it will serve as a benchmark for Indian films from now on! The costumes of Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Ashley Rebello and Lepekhi Elavadi are also quite realistic and very well researched.
Overall, Tiger Zinda Hai is the best action packed entertainer that does justice to its genre. At the box office, the audience will give a grand ‘Welcome’ to the film as it promises to entertain them. This film is definitely a blockbuster and no one can stop this film from making new records.