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EK THA TIGER Review: Romancing Masala

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Once upon a time there was Tiger... A Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer... a full-blown masala entertainer... what could rake in more box office success?

Ek Tha Tiger has been the press' favorite phenomenon this week due to its record breaking success figures and most media is likely to praise and recommend it.The film is a Yash Chopra production with Salman Khan as its main man and therefore makes the movie an entire Salman Khan centered affair, with a fresh-as-a-flower looking Katrina Kaif as his befitting love interest.

So let's concentrate on the man! Errrr... on Tiger. The spy agent aliased Tiger makes his first full appearance in the film through a curtain of raining ashes and cigarette butts filmed in slow motion (the background score playing in the background funnily reminded me of Farhan Akhtar's “Don” theme). Tiger (Salman Khan) is a secret agent on a mission to follow a defense expert to Dublin, in order to stop him from volunteering top secret information to Pakistan. Secret agent on a mission, he falls for Zoya (Katrina Kaif), the caretaker of the scientist's home in Ireland and sparks a friendship with her.

The film shows Tiger and Zoya running, jumping, kicking and almost flying in Dublin, of course, but in other exotic locations such as Havana (how did Bollywood even get there? Thumbs up!), Istanbul or some initial scenes in Iraq.

Be warned, though the film sports splendid images and stunts, do keep in mind that Ek Tha Tiger is somehow Bollywood masala's reply to Bond movies. As such, absurdity lurks just around the corner of each important scene, much alike the excitement and over-the-top stunts featured in a Bond film, adding a couple of generous helpings more, for due Indian super-spy hero effect.

Another small concern of mine is the pairing of 40 plus year old actors with 20 plus heroines. It is getting to the point in which I am finding this annoying, as if these actors refused appearing mature. So I am waiting for the movie who will feature a 40 plus man wooing a 40 year old woman. There are tons out there who are as good looking ladies as India's most bankable heroes. Anyway, I believe I have digressed.

Watch Ek Tha Tiger for the thrills and chills of action scenes that can be outworldly but entertaining. I sure could have done with a bit more brain stimulation and certainly more content and logic in the script and storyline, especially in a spy movie. I would say “could have done better” but I am certain that Salman “bhai” fans will certainly enjoy their favorite hero, particularly in the second part of the film, where his trademark style and attitude are more recognizable.

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Directed by: Kabir Khan
Screenplay: Kabir Khan, Neelesh Misra
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif
Produced by: Aditya Chopra
Soundtrack: Sohail Sen


Bikram said...

I saw this , But not very impressed because its almost the same story as that of Saif ali khan's movie.. and it seems a rip off from a english movie ..

BUT then SALMAN khan is in this so yayyyyyyyyyy .. enjoyed reading and seeing this movie..


Amit Kumar said...

It is one more addition to the list of Salman Khan's list of average movies made super duper hit by his faithful fans. No wonder it crossed 200 crore mark in business. Salman Khans stars are brighter these days. Whatever he touches becomes gold indeed!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

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