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Movie Review: Ek Tha Tiger

Published Aug 24, 2012 09:42am


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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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katrina Aug 25, 2012 10:17am
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!
sach Aug 24, 2012 08:20pm
does pak even makes movies?
Hasnain Aug 27, 2012 06:33pm
That they do ;-)
parveez Aug 24, 2012 08:05pm
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
BALOCH Aug 25, 2012 06:09am
Brijesh Aug 25, 2012 09:47am
Be positive. Men are not saint. Look at the lighter side & relish life. Have fun.
nasiras Aug 25, 2012 10:00am
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.
JPositive Aug 24, 2012 01:14pm
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 Aug 24, 2012 08:19pm
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.
Faheem Aug 24, 2012 01:09pm
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 Aug 24, 2012 12:50pm
grow up fanatics....its just entertainment......let it run in pakistani cinemas.
Ramesh C Manghirmalani Aug 24, 2012 11:22pm
Pakistani like Indian movies and Indian story telling
abdulazeez Aug 25, 2012 01:11pm
correction - All India first day collection was 35crores.
sammy Aug 25, 2012 12:18pm
LOL - well said....
sammy Aug 25, 2012 12:19pm
Correction - 135 crores
panav Aug 25, 2012 10:30am
its 150 crores in 9 days and not 35 .. !!
shehzad Aug 26, 2012 12:34am
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?
CM Aug 26, 2012 01:26am
Just star power - l love salman khan - but this movie .... thumbs down - weak storyline
shukla Aug 25, 2012 01:21pm
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 !!
umair Aug 27, 2012 08:41am
the movie actions are better then dabang and ready.. but story in not good enough...but salman khan rocks
Nitin Jadhav Aug 27, 2012 04:21pm
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...
ujgdygd Aug 26, 2012 10:34am
bakwaaaaaaaaaaaaas movie time waste
keyrok sher Aug 26, 2012 08:26am
dont take it serious man,,,,,,,,u'll get interested .......jus chill......actly they dnt need ur support...... ;)
Asad Ali Daudpota Aug 25, 2012 12:03pm
Agreed! The very first sentence is convoluted.
Dev Aug 26, 2012 05:38am
Boss..Not 35...its Approx 150 Crore in 9 days...ENjoy movie as movie dont take it personally !! Sallu Rocks.
Friend Aug 25, 2012 04:46pm
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 Aug 25, 2012 01:03pm
We must completely ban the Bollywood movies in Pakistan. They are vulgar & against Islam.
abdulazeez Aug 26, 2012 04:30am
100% agree with you Imran
HYDER Aug 25, 2012 12:36pm
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
GSNRaju Aug 27, 2012 09:46am
Do you have any problem if a pak girl and an Indian boy love each other and want to marry?
BEA Aug 28, 2012 05:32pm
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.
BEA Aug 28, 2012 05:30pm
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.
arsal Aug 26, 2012 02:49pm
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 Aug 25, 2012 06:12am
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
Sehrish Aug 25, 2012 08:05am
I enjoyed the movie more than the review that i just wasted my 2 minutes on
Chadrashekhar Giri Giri Aug 25, 2012 08:05am
good reply to heaterers y to heat indian movies unless you creat better movies in pak
prakash Aug 25, 2012 05:18am
Ek Tha TIGER............ ................................. ................................... ..................................... Until he got a call from his WIFE to come HOME
Anuraj Aug 25, 2012 04:55am
As you name suggests..i dont need to reply you back..
abdulazeez Aug 25, 2012 04:42am
yes, from the pakistani point of view ,but the movie is the greatest hit in the history of Indian collected 35crores from nine days.
Saibal Aug 25, 2012 03:19am
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?
nasheikh Aug 25, 2012 03:19am
the worst movie ever.
Devil Aug 25, 2012 03:16am
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.
Kanwaljeet Aug 25, 2012 03:15am
Author is review the movie or narrating the story. I guess substandard in a universal thing in pakistan.
Kanwaljeet Aug 25, 2012 03:13am
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
Devil Aug 25, 2012 03:09am
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.
Faisal Aug 25, 2012 03:04am
@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...
shariq Aug 29, 2012 07:22pm
i dont like this film even i dont like salman khan either
Vikram Kumar Aug 25, 2012 02:36am
I honestly think that India Pakistan have come a long way from Gadar to Ke Tha Tiger!
Zeta Aug 26, 2012 12:54pm
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
sam Aug 25, 2012 01:54am
just wondering when did india created problems in srilanka.but i do remember srilankan cricketers being attacked in lahore....
malik Aug 25, 2012 01:50am
I liked the movie. No regrets on wasted time. Actually I might watch it again.
indian Aug 25, 2012 01:46am
indian atrocities in srilanka??? even srilankans would laugh at your comment.
Maira Aug 27, 2012 11:20am
No but reality is totally opposite. Indian girls fall in love with Pakistani boys
Singh Aug 25, 2012 12:16am
Sure , Why not.
Honest Belief Aug 24, 2012 03:08pm
Have Indians ever made an original movie?? Nearly all are copies/combinations of some movie or other. That isleaving aside Bapsy Sidhwa's movies.
Slim Aug 26, 2012 11:39pm
Bollywood garbage.
does not matter Aug 24, 2012 11:00pm
try gangs of wasseypur
Socrates Aug 24, 2012 10:57pm
I am sure the Pakistan market is already flooded with pirated copies of the movie.
melody Aug 24, 2012 09:45pm
i guess instead of criticizing Bolly movies, concentrate on making some good movies on your own. Stop obsessing over what your neighbors do.
SYED AHSAN. Aug 24, 2012 08:33pm
Bollywood hater Aug 24, 2012 12:35pm
@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!
BH Aug 24, 2012 08:23pm
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"
manish Aug 24, 2012 02:27pm
yeah, we would love to, but can't say the same about our govt.
shan Aug 24, 2012 07:30pm
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 Aug 24, 2012 01:45pm
Why we should run Bollywood movies in Pakistan. These movies are involved in spreading the bad image of the country.
Hasnain Aug 24, 2012 01:21pm
grow a backbone M Dawood. you cannot have a film in cinemas where you make a ridicule of the country's intelligence agency
hammad Aug 24, 2012 01:16pm
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?
nightwatchmanofnation Aug 28, 2012 02:53pm
Well you will only find things oon indian movies and indian entertainment here.As we have stopped doing movies and all 5 decades ago.
DeepU Aug 24, 2012 08:47pm
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
Zeta Aug 26, 2012 12:55pm
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
Indian Aug 24, 2012 05:36pm
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 Aug 24, 2012 01:02pm
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.
harman Aug 24, 2012 05:14pm
We will not screen Pakistani movie even if it praises India, Take that
tarun Aug 24, 2012 01:06pm
tu toh rona band kar.....
muaest Aug 24, 2012 01:07pm
Sounds like Mr. & Mrs. Smith?
sanjay Aug 24, 2012 04:56pm
nahi dekhni to mat dekho, rote kyon ho
Shan Aug 24, 2012 04:43pm
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?
Anuraj Aug 24, 2012 11:50am
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..
Apoorva Aug 24, 2012 04:21pm
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 Aug 24, 2012 04:13pm
Bollywood hater then please stop APING (rather trying to APE) bollywood with your so called lollywood.KAWWA CHALE HANS KI CHAAL.
Cancarian Aug 24, 2012 04:11pm
@Arjun: The writer didn't write against country. It's your inner dirt makes to feel that. @Hammad : +1
Imran Aug 24, 2012 02:50pm
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? Aug 24, 2012 02:18pm
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!!!!!!!!!!!!
baap Aug 25, 2012 02:06pm
@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