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Ek Tha Tiger – Review

August 25, 2012

Ek Tha Tiger – Review

In recent times, no Bollywood movie carried as much hype as Ek Tha Tiger — It comes after 4 Salman Khan Blockbusters – Wanted, Dabbang, Ready and Body Guard. Also for the first time, Salman is doing a movie for one of the biggest Bollywood production houses — Yash Raj Films.

Let’s us see if Ek Tha Tiger meets or exceeds the expectations.

The movie opens with an extended action sequence in Northern Iraq. The background of the opening scene gives you an idea of what director Kabir Khan (Kabul Express, New York) has in store for rest of the movie. Salman plays a RAW agent called “Tiger’. On his return from Iraq, he was asked by his RAW Boss — played well by the great Girish Karnad — to go to Ireland. There he meets Katrina who is a caretaker for an Indian Professor (played by veteran Roshan Seth) whom Tiger Salman keeps an eye on.

The movie picks up steam slowly. We are introduced to Tiger’s buddy — a fellow agent played by Ranvir Shorey (with each movie, Ranvir is becoming a good supporting actor).  The twist in the story comes here. We come to know the real identity of Katrina. (If you ever wondered, why Deepika or Kareena did not play this role, you will get your answer here).

After the interval, movie takes you to Turkey and then to never before seen locales in Cuba. The cat and mouse game between Indian RAW agents and Pakistan’s ISI agents with a common objective unfolds in the second half. It ends with an excellent action packed climax. Very peppy songs at regular intervals gives you sometime to relax between stylish action sequences.

So if you think Ek Tha Tiger is a typical action movie. No, Think again. It’s actually a romantic movie with a good dose of action thrown in.

Salman Khan is the heart and soul of the movie. You cannot imagine anyone else playing this role. He takes the movie to a different level. Katrina Kaif delivers one of her best performances in her career in EK  Tha Tiger. Supporting cast is awesome too.

The problem comes with the story (Aditya Chopra) and director Kabir Khan who shares the credit for screenplay with Neelesh Mishra.

The story has an interesting premise. But is it enough to satisfy the sky-high expectations. No. Screenplay sags during the Ireland episode. The situations could be more interesting in Cuba. The music and action sequences are the saving grace of Ek Tha Tiger.

Don’t get me wrong. Ek Tha Tiger is a well made movie. It’s just the expectations are too high. While watching the movie — you are satisfied. When you are out of theater, you feel something was missing. Still highly recommended for Salman, Salman and Salman. If you are not a Salman fan, then for action sequences, peppy music and never before seen locations in Indian cinema.

3 and 1/2 * out of 5 *.

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