January 18, 2018, 11:23 am

Movie review: Tiger Zinda Hai.

by Maryam Nadeem.

Tiger Zinda Hai, sequel to the 2012 blockbuster, Ek Tha Tiger, reunites us with Salman Khan, a spy who still makes a killer ‘kaali’ daal and saves the world. Like the first part, Tiger Zinda Hai puts together a great effort in forming a channel between India and Pakistan; if their covert agents can bond to defeat a common enemy, for what reason can the two countries not?

Tiger Zinda Hai starts where the first part ended, but eight years on, whereabouts of Zoya (Katrina Kaif) and Tiger (Salman Khan) are still not known. Also, by now, the couple has a cute child named Junior.

There is a special mission, and only Tiger can accomplish it, which is why it becomes almost necessary to locate him. Ali Abbas Zafar uses the 2014 real life incident to form crux of the story, and blends in just the right amount of jingoistic vein as he goes on to project objective facts about world peace and terrorism on the silver screen. The film is not immaculate, yet it is an all-out entertainer that keeps you charmed by the toughness of Salman Khan, and a strong story spiced up with brave action, music, dance and drama.

Salman Khan completely surrenders himself to the role as he gets into the skin of Tiger’s character and shines with a truly noteworthy performance and some really fine stunts.

For all those wondering if there’s a shirtless scene in the movie, his bare torso in one scene will floor you. As seen in his past performances, Sultan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman did what he does best, and that is to entertain the audiences with his charm and creative dance moves.

Katrina Kaif, as Zoya, looks downright gorgeous as usual, and shows some impressive acting chops and dance moves. She literally shined in some of the action scenes, and we love how she is carving her own niche in the industry by being the only actress with maximum number of action movies on her filmography. She is often criticized for her acting skills, majorly due to the language barrier, her dialogues this time around are very clear, mouthed mostly in Hindi without an accent. Angad Bedi, who plays Capt Namit in the film, sure made his presence felt. Kumud Mishra and Girish Karnad are likewise impactful in their little parts, whereas Paresh Rawal, as always, figures out how to influence you to snicker with his impressive trademark talent.

When you have a studio like Yash Raj Films and lead actors like Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, you can do wonders. However Ali Abbas Zafar has not taken any advantage of it and seemed stuck to basics. Vishal-Shekhar’s music is pleasant and well woven into the script. ‘Dil Diyan Gallan‘ is sweet and charming, and already, officially the romantic song of the year. ‘Tera Noor‘ is the best picturized song of the film and it’s incredible that such a tune is utilized as a part of such a contrasting situation/plot. ‘Swag Se Swagat’ is a chartbuster but sadly, we had to wait for it until the end credits started showing.

The greatest hiccup of the film is its length, which could have easily be shortened by 15 or 30 minutes. Also, towards the climax, Katrina Kaif suddenly disappears from the film, and the whole focus shifts to Salman Khan and the mission.

In terms of its scale and technical characteristics, the production design is fabulous and the action scenes, picturesque, and if you are a fan of large scale action entertainers, Tiger Zinda Hai is probably going to be the best Christmas/New Year gift for you.

On the whole, the movie is a thrill filled entertainer and we are sure it will turn out as one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, given all the right ingredients.

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