MUMBAI: Yash Raj Films and Salman Khan finally come
together 24 years after the actor made his debut, while
the production house has a standing of 40 years.
when the two titans come together, the expectations
are those of a perfect blend of romance with some great
music and action to go with Salmans image. Ek
Tha Tiger lives up to some but belies equally. It is
not a regular Salman Khan out-and-out action flick,
but a love story.
spy angle and the action is incidental mainly due to
his characters job profile. Yet, no denying the
fact that the film is slated to register the biggest
first day as well as the biggest opening week figures
Khan is a top rated RAW agent who is sent on a relatively
easy assignment to Ireland where a renowned Indian scientist,
Roshan Seth, is on a self-imposed exile and has chosen
to teach in a university there. It is suspected that
some details of his research are being shared with Pakistans
secret service agency, the ISI. Salman Khans job
is to keep an eye on him and his movements.
tries to cultivate a contact with Seth introducing himself
as a writer working on a book on top brains of India,
but Seth proves a hard nut to crack and remains indifferent
to him. On one of his attempts to gain access to Seth,
Salman notices his housekeeper, Katrina Kaif, and decides
to use her to reach Seth. Love is inevitable and it
takes deep roots on both sides.
Salman, though sent on a mission, is being watched by
his own agency: the local agent, Ranveer Shorey, keeps
tab on his actions! So while Salman is romancing, he
gets a message from Shorey about some mischief happening
at the Seth residence. He lands up only to discover
Katrina hacking his computer. She is an ISI operative!
The film is half way through and things which were crawling,
promise to pick up now.
is love versus duty now; his brief as a RAW agent would
have been to shoot Katrina she being an enemy spy, but
love wins. The next encounter of the lovers is in Istanbul.
The fire of love is still burning, Salman suggests the
only way out: to elope. But this is no teenage romance
with villains and parents of the lovers chasing them.
is love between a RAW and an ISI operative and both
know enough secrets! As such, none of the two agencies
can afford a happy ending to this romance. They have
to die because RAW and ISI agents cant go soft
on each other, romance is a far cry.
is the second part of the film where the pace picks
up as the couple has two biggest enemies with each other
chasing them with intentions to finish their existence:
the RAW on one side and the ISI on the other. Finally
the opposing agencies, the sworn rivals have a common
goal that is to kill both the agents.
this is more a love story, the hunted, Salman and Katrina,
explore the world as well as dodge trouble and fight
their detractors while they also take you to a sight-seeing
tour of about half a dozen countries. In the absence
of hummable or danceable music, comedy, side tracks,
touring is what the film has to offer sprinkled with
thrill here and there.
the film has just about four recognisable actors in
the lead players, Salman and Katrina, Salmans
shadow Ranveer Shorey and handler and boss, Girish Karnad.
Not much of a star cast to plan a blockbuster on! Also,
it puts the entire burden of pulling the film through
on the masculine shoulders of just one actor, Salman
is not really a film which tests the histrionics of
its small roaster of artistes: it has just four artistes
playing any kind of visible character. Salman Khan plays
himself, which is to say, being around and being casual
and throw punches; perform some stunts as if it was
a way of life.
Kaif has stopped looking all syrupy and sugar sweet
but learnt some acting and expressions in the bargain,
which all she uses in this film; she even justifies
some action scenes!
a film with poorly etched out characters, Girish Karnad
and Ranveer Shorey dont amount to much, really!
The film has two good numbers of which one with a Persian
score is wasted on end titles. Also, what makes Ek Tha
Tiger more watchable are the backdrops of the several
countries making it a visual delight.
Tha Tiger starts with what is called climax that is
a thrilling action scene, a trend established by Bond
movies. This aptly establishes the character and exploits
of the hero. As for action, there is not much of it
in the first part save for a well-executed tram car
sequence. It is the films second part that makes
good the sagging pace of the first half. What also makes
the story tick is the fact that he is an Indian who
conquers the heart of a Pakistani girl (A la Gadar:
Ek Prem Katha) and fighting singlehandedly with the
mighty ISI to save his love.
Tha Tiger, all said, is the triumph of Salman Khans
popularity, the films title which endorses his
image, and the release strategy. The film was a business
hit even before its release. What it has added to the
records are the box office figures not to be broken
in the near future. Having collected Rs 329.2 million
on day one with most of the 3,300 cinemas registering
all house full shows, the film has yet to cater to the
Eid crowd, which is due on Monday.