Cast: Salman Khan,Katrina Kaif,Ranvir Shorey
Original songs:Sohail Sen
Background Score :Julius Packiam
Cinematography: Aseem Mishra
Director: Kabir Khan
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Screenplay: Kabir Khan,Neelesh Misra
Story: Aditya Chopra
Editing: Rameshwar S. Bhagat
Studio: Yash Raj Films
Release date: 15 August 2012
Budget: INR75 crore (US$13.58 million)
Watched Theater: Harihar Cinema’s, Guntur
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif New Bollywood Film Ek Tha Tiger Movie Review:“Maine jo ek baar committment kar di, toh main apni bhi nahi sunta”- believe in the tiger’s words, he has fulfilled his committment. Salman Khan does it once again with the year’s most-awaited movie Ek Tha Tiger, that has released today. Directed by Kabir Khan, Ek Tha Tiger, that features Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, is an action, spy thriller, with a dose of romance too. The film has been making headlines ever since it was conceptualised. And if the promos of the movie is any indication, Ek Tha Tiger has all the ingredients to make it to the top five movies of the year.
In the world of ISI and RAW agents where there’s no room for emotions and only ruthless killings to protect their nations information is a RAW Agent Tiger (Salman Khan) who knows nothing but how to defend his opponents. Tiger gets sent off on a mission to keep a watch on a scientist turned professor but while at it, his heart starts fluttering for professor’s caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif) and romance sparks off. But a RAW agent can neither reveal his identity nor trust anyone. In such a scenario whether Tiger finds his true love or not follows through a series of twists and turns.
Salman Khan carries an urbane charm and looks uber-cool dressed in formals. He is resourcefully restrained sans his customary buffoonery. His acting ability is best exploited in this film after a long long time. Katina Kaif is gorgeous as always and puts in a confident act. Her agility in action sequences adds to her conviction. And more importantly she shares terrific chemistry with Salman Khan, something that was missing in all their earlier pairings. Ranvir Shorey as Salman’s associate makes for a good supporting cast. Girish Karnad and Gavie Chahal lend decent support.
Technical and Other Departments:
Kabir Khan works big time as a director. His direction makes the viewers fully attentive. The man shows his class with his execution. The film has been shot at various eye-candy locations of the world. Cinematography hits the hearts since it lets you have an international feel. Aseem Mishra deserves brownie points for this marvelous job. Editing is brilliant. Dialogues work high with the masses. Music is really hummable and catchy. Sohail Sen and Sajid-Wajid do this luminous job of composing the tracks.
Not too long ago there was another spy film that released, however, much against the outrageous flaws of Agent Vinod, Ek Tha Tiger comes out as a linear and sensible storyline. Off-late Salman has been doing some over the top action flicks like Wanted and Dabangg, inane comedies like Ready and silly films like Bodyguard. However, owe it to Yash Raj banner that tears Salman off his run of the mill, over the top potboilers and offers an underplayed yet larger than life offering.
Director -producer Aditya Chopra takes over the mantle of story-writing and puts on the table romance in a very hopeless scenario and director Kabir Khan laps it up with his screenplay and penchant for exploring the unseen locations. So you have Tiger tracing through Iraq, Dublin, Istanbul, Havana amongst others. Their writer-director’s teaming however falters in bringing out the novelty factor in the story and easily slips into a predictable domain. Most of the twists and turns in the film can easily be guessed almost 3-4 scenes before they actually happen. Even the climax is very conventional. Moreover, the film proceeds very much on the lines of Hollywood film Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Where the credit lies most to filmmaker Kabir Khan is in the action sequences. Ever since the interviews of the film Kabir has been maintaining that he will bring about the balance between his realistic approach and Salman’s over the top antics and he sure does. The first chase sequence in Iraq is splendid and very international with Salman not beating down people to pulp but defending himself and cleverly escaping the situation without getting hurt. Even the rest of the action stunts and chase sequences, not to forget even the ones involving Katrina Kaif, are brilliantly executed. It puts all notions that Indian cinema is much behind Hollywood to rest.
To sum it up, Ek Tha Tiger despite its predictability and flaws is a decently made film and a sure shot winner at the box-office! Go watch the film.