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Movie Review: Ek Tha Tiger

A handsome spy travels the world and a beautiful woman also makes an appearance. Sounds familiar? Yes, Ek Tha Tiger‘s plot sounds very similar to the recent Agent Vinod. Thankfully, the similarities end there and Ek Tha Tiger proves to be more superior.

Ek Tha Tiger marks the first time Salman Khan makes an appearance in a Yash Raj Film, which is especially surprising considering his 20+ year career in Bollywood. So how what happens when you take Salman “Masala Entertainer” Khan fare and cross it with Kabir “New York” Khan’s direction? An entertaining film that makes a little more sense that Salman’s previous outings.

Ek Tha Tiger tells the story of RAW Agent Tiger (Salman Khan) who doesn’t know of a life outside of spying. He sets off to Ireland for his latest undercover mission where he meets Zoya (Katrina Kaif) and starts discovering his feelings. However his responsibility towards his job and country come in between and he must make a decision on what path to take in the future.

Ek Tha Tiger has a simple plot, which is held on the strong, muscular shoulders of Salman Khan. Salman is not Tiger; Tiger is just another facet of Salman’s natural personality. Some actors are good at completely immersing themselves into a character, whereas Salman has realizes the power in playing up his natural qualities. Tiger is strong and intense but the vulnerability shows when he falls for Zoya. Brownie points for the scene where Katrina tells Tiger “Ab tumhari umar shaadi ki ho gayi hai” (it’s time for you to get married).

Kabir Khan’s script allows Salman to shine through. The opening sequence is typical Salman and the action sequences are first rate. While Agent Vinod was a Bond recreation, Tiger is India’s true champion – strong but a little crazy. Considering the plot rests on the conflict between ISI and RAW agencies, the Pakistan-bashing is kept to a minimum which is very refreshing (and undoubtedly better for commercial success). While the plot lacks the depth of New York, the chemistry between the leading pair, action sequences and the gorgeous locales make this an overall entertainer.

Katrina Kaif is absolutely breathtaking in this film. You can also see that she is most comfortable with Salman and their chemistry is undeniable. She impresses in her action sequence and you must absolutely wait all the way till the end to watch her dancing skills in “Mashallah“.

Ek Tha Tiger is a Salman entertainer which is a notch above Dabaang/Ready/Bodyguard. If you’re looking for paisa vasool film to kick off your Eid weekend, do check this one. However, if you can’t stand the sight of Salman, I suggest staying at home.

Dollz Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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Synopsis:

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.

In a government employees’ neighbourhood in New Delhi, there lived a rugged, handsome and mys- terious bachelor about whom his neighbours knew nothing.

That was because he was India’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 (Salman Khan).

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. Tiger attempts to meet the scientist but is not successful. He tries to befriend the scientist’s part time home caretaker, Zoya (Katrina Kaif). 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…

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…

Directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Yash Raj Films, the film released worldwide on August 15th, 2012.

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