Starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, "Tiger" has set a new collection record at Indian Box Office in just nine days.

Once upon a time, a “Tiger” nearly got loose. He got nabbed by the government and was shipped back. End of story.

In Ek Tha Tiger, the new Salman Khan movie, still rollicking from renewed fandom set afire by Wanted we see a man on a mission: an Indian intelligence agent, gone rouge by love —an organic chemical reaction with emotional results that shows little of itself in producer Yash Raj’s mega-blockbuster that spins across multiple international locations without relevance; but then again who counts frequent flier miles when one’s smitten. Right?!

Flying around the world was once a token aspect of nary all Bollywood commercial masala movies. It cost a pretty bundle, brought tourism incentives, and served as measly window-dressing. Then Bollywood films started bombing. Now with countries promoting tourism and competitive production incentives, going abroad is the new “in” — even in Hollywood.

Opening with an action set-piece in Iraq, “Tiger” (both Khan’s codename and the film’s title) quickly sets the core-rules between country-vs.-country espionage game: If you track an enemy agent, kill him or buy him.

Tiger, who unconsciously (yet with a sly twitch in his brow) woo’s the neighborhood women in his off-duty hours, has been relishing his day-shift for the last twelve years. He reports back to his boss Shenoy (Girish Karnad), and hates the notion of a deskjob. His motivation is more action-oriented.

After a successful stint, he is sent to Dublin to spy on a scientist (in a writer’s alias, of course), suspected of selling missile tech. There he keels-over Zoya (Katrina Kaif), the prof’s caretaker and student in the academy.

A song or two (the nearly above-average music is credited to Sohail Sen and Sajid-Wajid), a romantic dinner and a few actor-targeted puns later, Tiger collapses into Bollywood sub-standardization. The romantic-duo, after a slapdash story reveal, go rogue. Hot on their trails, in a separate yet singular-minded agenda, are the Indian and Pakistani intelligences.

And so they run like the devil.

From Istanbul to Havana, knocking down traffic in cartoonish violence, stopping for a breather and a love song or two.

Tiger’s lackluster divergence from the moment the leads elope governments, stops a believable forward momentum anchored to Khan’s character. The actor — shining, performing, and very much grounded — rules the movie. But he’s the only one.

Forget the un-lively tonal preset fixed by director Kabir Khan and co-screenwriter Neelesh Mishra. Khan’s powerhouse charisma is enough to tug the movie to worldwide “financial” success. Critical success? Not so much.

Ek Tha Tiger is running worldwide. It has not been given censor certification in Pakistan, because its script openly names, and oft times disses, both countries intelligence agencies to parodying degrees of insipidness.

Spy games are hard, but ludicrous they’re not.

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August 25, 2012 10:17 am
Yes, indeed they do give you a "high" without the high (pun intended) cost of the Afghan poppy; nor the damage! So, as you say, enjoy!
August 24, 2012 8:20 pm
does pak even makes movies?
August 27, 2012 6:33 pm
That they do ;-)
August 24, 2012 8:05 pm
The brain less people watch these kind of films.Every year two or three films come from India that are good, May be Amir Khans he makes good films. Why copy Hollywood, might as well see the original. India, I am afraid does not have very good writers. Too many of them copy, or steal story line from other countries. Time and time again I see a movie, and within first few minutes, you can tell that this is a copy
August 25, 2012 6:09 am
August 25, 2012 9:47 am
Be positive. Men are not saint. Look at the lighter side & relish life. Have fun.
August 25, 2012 10:00 am
Chaps, its a commercial movie designed to make money. By all accounts its done that. The girls love salman the boys love katrina, throw in some decent music and international scenery and u have a recipe for success. As for story and sense u dont need to expect too much when u go to c a sk movie. Just enjoy and have a good time and dont think abt it too much.
August 24, 2012 1:14 pm
Great review!! This movie is a disaster! Over hyped and over rated. Only waste your money if you like mindless and senseless movies.
usman qayyum
August 24, 2012 8:19 pm
This movie has a just marketing hype.In this film isi agent easily cuddle by male protagonist, what a rubbish.At the end, both are swerve.All Salman Khan films as compare to his compatriot, are depcit of travesty.
August 24, 2012 1:09 pm
you totally messed the cities.. Movie started with Iraq.. Moved to India, Ireland, Turkey and ended in Cuba... Kazakhistan name was taken but they moved to Cuba dear... Where you spotted Chile????
M Dawood
August 24, 2012 12:50 pm
grow up fanatics....its just entertainment......let it run in pakistani cinemas.
Ramesh C Manghirmalani
August 24, 2012 11:22 pm
Pakistani like Indian movies and Indian story telling
August 25, 2012 1:11 pm
correction - All India first day collection was 35crores.
August 25, 2012 12:18 pm
LOL - well said....
August 25, 2012 12:19 pm
Correction - 135 crores
August 25, 2012 10:30 am
its 150 crores in 9 days and not 35 .. !!
August 26, 2012 12:34 am
I wonder when would we see an Indian movie where the guy is pakistani and girl is indian?why are they obsessed with showing an indian guy with pakistani girl? Is it a dream that indian boys grow up with which cant be fulfilled so they show fantasies in their movies?
August 26, 2012 1:26 am
Just star power - l love salman khan - but this movie .... thumbs down - weak storyline
August 25, 2012 1:21 pm
faisal miyan didnt watch an indian movie in recent times n finding indian movies , he mentioned dabang etc , waste of time . you wasted your time in watching indian movies ( without any message !! ) and now you are wasting your time in writing reviews of a review . lol btw lagaan was not a historical movie , it was a frictional movie . but am pleased to see pakistani ppl expects indian movies can match hollywood movies . wallah !!
August 27, 2012 8:41 am
the movie actions are better then dabang and ready.. but story in not good enough...but salman khan rocks
Nitin Jadhav
August 27, 2012 4:21 pm
I just goggled for review and this page came up, never knew it was a Pakistani website, In fact am even amazed, that a Bollywood movie review has so many comments on Pakistani webpage...
August 26, 2012 10:34 am
bakwaaaaaaaaaaaaas movie time waste
keyrok sher
August 26, 2012 8:26 am
dont take it serious man,,,,,,,,u'll get interested .......jus chill......actly they dnt need ur support...... ;)
Asad Ali Daudpota
August 25, 2012 12:03 pm
Agreed! The very first sentence is convoluted.
August 26, 2012 5:38 am
Boss..Not 35...its Approx 150 Crore in 9 days...ENjoy movie as movie dont take it personally !! Sallu Rocks.
August 25, 2012 4:46 pm
i am from Dubai and have a little view of mine about the EIK THA TIGER ... i watchd this movie in Lamcy Plaza CenaPlics . i liked this movie making but not Story .. what a Bull shit .. a MAN from India and GIRL from PAK. wat is da meaning of this thing .. its not a Professional and educated way of promoting some type of story.. i saw many people felt boriat and not happy on many moments . even mee too.. I think this movie was Sensord too much.,. coz 2.5 hrs movie from India /./ noway... well i will sugest .. the movie got success while people were fed up . may be no MASALA in the movie.. wel i will sugest that ISI & RAW should start joint MOVIE s project to promot their Qualities .. like US govt gives BACK Up to Holywood movies to make their Horrible and technical high tech image infront of all the world. so the try is good by Indian movie but there sholuld not be discrimination.////// story was not so powerfull ... try for more better project
Rehana Begum
August 25, 2012 1:03 pm
We must completely ban the Bollywood movies in Pakistan. They are vulgar & against Islam.
August 26, 2012 4:30 am
100% agree with you Imran
August 25, 2012 12:36 pm
tum log ki movies tum khud hi nahi dekhtey kyun ke woh dekhney ke qabil hi nahi hoti agar indian movies pasand nahi hai tou tum pakis usko dekhtey hi kyun ho ek tha tiger main aaisee koi baat nahi jisse tumari country ka naam kharaab ho jaal kukdrey
August 27, 2012 9:46 am
Do you have any problem if a pak girl and an Indian boy love each other and want to marry?
August 28, 2012 5:32 pm
How rubbish is this film and Salman lookes like hes put a few pounds on, and Katrina well what can they be said about her acting skills or lack off them i found this film very funny.
August 28, 2012 5:30 pm
If you think that watching Indian Films are vulgar simple solution dont watch them no one is dragging you their kicking and screeming, i have seen more vulgar Pakistani films so lets stop the hate, i suggest you go and watch and Indian film it might put a smile on your face.
August 26, 2012 2:49 pm
movie was better than bodyguard but not as good and ready, wanted or dabangg. salman was very fat in the film considering his role as a spy but still it's surely gonna break boxnnoffice record because of the hype of the film and salman's fan following\
Alok, Mumbai
August 25, 2012 6:12 am
dont screen, its your wish. Nor India's atrocities in Sri Lanka, or Pak atrocities in Afganistan, POK, Baluchistan, support to terrorist like JUD, LET, Hizbul,etc.... (Our movies rock and entertains, it binds our society and gives a clear message). It unites India. We love it
August 25, 2012 8:05 am
I enjoyed the movie more than the review that i just wasted my 2 minutes on
Chadrashekhar Giri Giri
August 25, 2012 8:05 am
good reply to heaterers y to heat indian movies unless you creat better movies in pak
August 25, 2012 5:18 am
Ek Tha TIGER............ ................................. ................................... ..................................... Until he got a call from his WIFE to come HOME
August 25, 2012 4:55 am
As you name suggests..i dont need to reply you back..
August 25, 2012 4:42 am
yes, from the pakistani point of view ,but the movie is the greatest hit in the history of Indian collected 35crores from nine days.
August 25, 2012 3:19 am
Did you see Shaurya? Didn't we screen it? Even though it questioned a few officers role in target killing. Do not even compare our tolerance levels to others. We have a long way to go but are on the right path. How about you?
August 25, 2012 3:19 am
the worst movie ever.
August 25, 2012 3:16 am
how many of them have you watched ? whatever is your answer, you belong one of the 2 below listed categories. Judge yourself.... 1. What is the term for the people who form an opinion based on others inputs and not by analyzing the things themselves. 2. What do you call the people who think something else and tell something else.
August 25, 2012 3:15 am
Author is review the movie or narrating the story. I guess substandard in a universal thing in pakistan.
August 25, 2012 3:13 am
I watched my movie yesterday. It is boring as hell. A Love story of RAW and ISI agent. I will never watch yash chopra movie again. wonder how pakistani spy movies will be like. Is any such movies available. like to watch...pls reply
August 25, 2012 3:09 am
In this age of internet and IT, people read and watch whatever entertains and stimulates their mind. If a Pakistani movie is worth watching, we will watch, but as per the current scenario, I doubt you have the ability to make a movie worth screening in even your cinemas (except very few exceptions like 'Khuda Ke Liye' ), forget ours. ps. Going through 'Dawn' site along with 'The Hindu' atleast once a day is in the routine of many Indians. Hope you understand what I imply by stating this.
August 25, 2012 3:04 am
@Anuraj, Watch Khuda Ke Liye, Bol and wait for the upcoming one called Waar. I am sure you will get your answer about Pakistani movies with some standard and some logical and moral conclusion. Pakistani cinema is financially distressed and lacks the motivation on part of our actors/directors/producers. But those who really want to send a message make some masterpieces which stick to your mind forever. Unfortunately I haven't seen a single Indian movie in the recent past which had such a message. Some great movies did come out but they were based on historical events i.e. Lagaan. Now movies like Dabang, RaOne, Don, etc. are just a waste of time and money. Not because they don't have a particular message but they are not even good in what they were meant to be. Such as Don was a complete failure as an action movie..When MI4 came out I watched that first, then Don came out and it was like I had Biryani and then I had to eat Boiled Rice....Quality is simply not their, neither in action nor in acting itself...Now a days I simply don't care if its Sharukh or Salman or Hiritik....may be just may be I will give a chance to Amir Khan...
August 29, 2012 7:22 pm
i dont like this film even i dont like salman khan either
Vikram Kumar
August 25, 2012 2:36 am
I honestly think that India Pakistan have come a long way from Gadar to Ke Tha Tiger!
August 26, 2012 12:54 pm
No. Don't tag it on all Pakistanis. I don't like indian movies neither their story telling. I consider the work material as below mediocre. You only churn out few actual good ones like Andaz Apna Apna one in a decade
August 25, 2012 1:54 am
just wondering when did india created problems in srilanka.but i do remember srilankan cricketers being attacked in lahore....
August 25, 2012 1:50 am
I liked the movie. No regrets on wasted time. Actually I might watch it again.
August 25, 2012 1:46 am
indian atrocities in srilanka??? even srilankans would laugh at your comment.
August 27, 2012 11:20 am
No but reality is totally opposite. Indian girls fall in love with Pakistani boys
August 25, 2012 12:16 am
Sure , Why not.
Honest Belief
August 24, 2012 3:08 pm
Have Indians ever made an original movie?? Nearly all are copies/combinations of some movie or other. That isleaving aside Bapsy Sidhwa's movies.
August 26, 2012 11:39 pm
Bollywood garbage.
does not matter
August 24, 2012 11:00 pm
try gangs of wasseypur
August 24, 2012 10:57 pm
I am sure the Pakistan market is already flooded with pirated copies of the movie.
August 24, 2012 9:45 pm
i guess instead of criticizing Bolly movies, concentrate on making some good movies on your own. Stop obsessing over what your neighbors do.
August 24, 2012 8:33 pm
Bollywood hater
August 24, 2012 12:35 pm
@Anuraj My dear...every Bollywood movie is bad.....the same...old....typical storyline....nothing new at all......i dont understand how come people like such senseless movies....wheeeeeeew!
August 24, 2012 8:23 pm
Please feef free to screen any movie openly criticizing anything Indian army has done anywhere, srilanka, kashmir, japan, holland, syria etc etc, but just make sure Hina Rabbani Khar is the heroine. Will be a super duper hit all over india-my guarantees. Chill is just entertainment. A famous Hyderabadi (Indian) saying "Dil pe math le yaar,...Haath main le le"
August 24, 2012 2:27 pm
yeah, we would love to, but can't say the same about our govt.
August 24, 2012 7:30 pm
Mohammad kamran tum salman khan se jaltey ho isliya yesa review lekha hai is film mien pakistan yeah isi ke khelaf kuch nahi kaha zara sahi se film watch karo, its a nice n clean movie
Rehana Begum
August 24, 2012 1:45 pm
Why we should run Bollywood movies in Pakistan. These movies are involved in spreading the bad image of the country.
August 24, 2012 1:21 pm
grow a backbone M Dawood. you cannot have a film in cinemas where you make a ridicule of the country's intelligence agency
August 24, 2012 1:16 pm
Hamain nahi deakhni tumhari movies and we wont screen it, tell me would you screen a Pakistani movie openly criticizing India for its atrocities in sri lanka?
August 28, 2012 2:53 pm
Well you will only find things oon indian movies and indian entertainment here.As we have stopped doing movies and all 5 decades ago.
August 24, 2012 8:47 pm
Oh puttar Hammad...shot the movie first , want my camera..I be the sri lankan . you be the hero...i promise a decent opening in Jhumri Telaiya..!1
August 26, 2012 12:55 pm
Let me remind you of your own obsession. you are on Pakistani website. if you don't like the content, you are free to get off
August 24, 2012 5:36 pm
I also didn't like the pathetic & predictable movie. I don't know when we will get rid of these two pathetic khans Salman & Shahrukh. India needs more real indians like Aamir Khan & Irfan Khan to make movies like 3 idiots & Pan singh tomar. No match anywhere for these genius.
yusuf khan
August 24, 2012 1:02 pm
The question is why do Pakistanis have a craze for bollywood movies ? If movies are so bad why do they run with packed houses wheras Pakistani movies find no viwer. Movie is a movie away from the sad realities of life where you enjoy in a fictitious world of happiness which our societies have failed to provide us. So my dear 'bollywood hater' don't deprive people some moments of pleasure.
August 24, 2012 5:14 pm
We will not screen Pakistani movie even if it praises India, Take that
August 24, 2012 1:06 pm
tu toh rona band kar.....
August 24, 2012 1:07 pm
Sounds like Mr. & Mrs. Smith?
August 24, 2012 4:56 pm
nahi dekhni to mat dekho, rote kyon ho
August 24, 2012 4:43 pm
Take it Easy guys. Hammad, don't see the movie if you don't want to. If govt wants to ban it, let it not screen the movie in halls. So what happens next? Pirated dvds will be available for everyone who wants to see them at home. That Indian producer will lose some revenue( which he seems to be ready for, otherwise he wouldnt put those dialogues.) Pakistan govt will lose tax revenues. Our badly maintained movie halls further go in bankruptcy in search of a hit. People employed there lose jobs. Who gains? Only the local counterfeiter who copies dvds. So you decide. What is best?
August 24, 2012 11:50 am
you were not reviewing it.. you have sumthing not just against the movie but the country as well.. If Bollywood have sub standards i imagine whats the standard of a pakistani movie.. play straight at heart..if its not gud..its nt bad as well..
August 24, 2012 4:21 pm
ha ha .....kya bacchon kee tarah lad rahe ho.Yaar Hamari movies naheen dekhte mat dekho koi jabardastee naheen hai par movies kee pirated CDs banaa kar or unke gaane songs dot pk mein daal kar terrorists kee madad karna to band kar do
Bollywood Lover
August 24, 2012 4:13 pm
Bollywood hater then please stop APING (rather trying to APE) bollywood with your so called lollywood.KAWWA CHALE HANS KI CHAAL.
August 24, 2012 4:11 pm
@Arjun: The writer didn't write against country. It's your inner dirt makes to feel that. @Hammad : +1
August 24, 2012 2:50 pm
All you people grow up and watch movie as movie. Why India and Pakistan topic come in all this? Just watch Indian movies as entertainment, no one putting a gun on your head to watch. I am Pakistani and I do enjoy Indian movie. Simple !!! any problem go see a doctor.
do u care?
August 24, 2012 2:18 pm
i just dont get it,: u dont watch r movies, u dont let release r movies in "ur country", and still u have review in ur news paper, and u read it and u coment it as well!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 25, 2012 2:06 pm
@honest belief just b'cause you like to think that Indians never make original movies doesn't mean they don't. please open your eyes and ears and come out of whichever hole you are in
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