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Ek Tha Tiger

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An action romance which is less action, more romance. A little less buffoonery, a little more story. A little less Salman than we expect, a little more Katrina than we expect. Ek Tha Tiger ends up being a regular love story with a national angle and will in all likelihood be underwhelming for the fans.

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44 reviewers have given Ek Tha Tiger an average rating of 3.1/5.0 (?)

23 yays
13 nays
8 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Ek Tha Tiger is neither here nor there. It’s neither this nor that. It’s not an all-out action film, nor is it a heart-wrenching romance.... full review

So-So by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...The first meetings between Tiger and Zoya are written well, but truth be told, a real spark of passion is missing between Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...that brings me to a conclusion about our Indian Cinema wherein talented directors such as Kabir Khan easily bow down in front of the STAR ENIGMA and make a film which really doesn’t seem to be representing their own vision of film-making.... full review

Thumbs down by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice ...Since the screenplay is not engaging enough, the loopholes in the story itself become more apparent. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...a high-octane thriller that works big time. ... full review

Thumbs up by Keyrun Rao, Bollywood Life ...The film talks about peace, love and friendship, all without being preachy or sanctimonious.... full review

Thumbs up Buzz in Town ...While witty and funny dialogues keep you entertained, fine cinematography adds to your movie experience.... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...Reviewing a Salman Khan film is like ironing a pair of jeans: really, what’s the point.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...No Salmangiri here; His 'sophisticated' and 'cool' look does not work... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Barely tolerable... full review

Thumbs up by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...Growling Kat, Roaring Tiger... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...S for Tiger... full review

So-So by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...Expected more but not all that bad!... full review

Thumbs up by Yusuf Poonawala, Desi Martini ...Ek Hai Salman... full review

Thumbs up by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...Ek Tha Tiger is an action lover’s paradise. Seconds into the film, when you’ve not even settled well in your seat, there’s cigarette ash settling down on screen in slow motion. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...probably Hindi cinema’s best action film yet... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Meanwhile there are nagging memories of another cold turkey (oh, by the way, part of ETT was shot in Turkey) called The Tourist, featuring Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and no story.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...This is a spy film and it needs a certain level of intelligent storytelling.... full review

Thumbs down by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ... the least annoying Salman Khan movie in ages.... full review

Thumbs up by Kritika Deval, ...Despite a few yawn-worthy moments here and there, the chase sequences, more than a few LOL lines, Salman's cool-as-a-cucumber spy act - all in slickly executed settings - make Ek Tha Tiger one helluvan entertainer. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...But with the Tiger in his den, Kabir manages to weave action with emotion to dish out an entertaining fare. ... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Solgama, ...when it comes to story line or mass entertainment it’s a huge let-down. ... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...It’s such a pleasure to see a Hindi film heroine not playing a damsel in distress. The action, choreographed by Markos Rounthwaite and Conrad E Palmisano, is spectacular. ... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...far from unwatchable ... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...So we have Salman jump, run race, shoot, scale and in between romance his girl across three gorgeous continents and that is supposed to suffice. Well.... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express overwhelming is the Bhai’s past aura that serious keeps threatening to slide into silly, and the moment you give in to that in-between space, the film becomes something you can enjoy. Most of the time. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Until you realize that Ek Tha Tiger, largely, is a love story on the backdrop of an espionage thriller and not the other way round. Once we realize that, the romance track is never a hindrance... full review

So-So Indicine ...Ek Tha Tiger is for Salman Khan fans....As for the rest, it’s neither a intelligent film nor does it provide the necessary ‘thrill’. The story, eventually, turned out to be the biggest disappointment.... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...The plot seems stretched; unexplained loops.... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...An apology of a spy... full review

So-So by Janhvi Samant, MiD DAY ...Salman mostly sleepwalks through the entire film. The stunt man's omnipresent and the computer graphics to cover him up are really shoddy. ... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...a slick spy thriller with loads of stylish action... full review

So-So by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...The first 20 minutes of Ek Tha Tiger makes for a case for the arrival of India’s action thriller of global standards; a huge a step up for a 100 crore-club aspirant... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...the failsafe formula appears as enduring as Salman’s eponymous secret agent who scours the world in search of enemies of the nation and dispatches them to the devil without breaking into a sweat. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...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. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...It could have been snappier, and the girl could have been much better, but the film should be applauded for giving us a non-sleepwalking Salman, and enough genuine bang for our buck.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Snappy, snazzy & substantial action!... full review

Thumbs up by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ... it’s not a superhit film for me but I was entertained throughout and I think Salman should do more films like this.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Rest assured, this is the kind of film that doesn’t get into the high or low-brow argument. It’s a simple story, told with conviction and with enough star-value and action to keep everyone happy.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...Director Kabir Khan succeeds in making a good entertainer as a masala thriller espionage story.... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...ETT is no Dabangg, Ready or Bodyguard. It's more evolved, less chalu( read entertaining.) Salman`isms' are rationed... full review

Thumbs down by Mr Care, Upper Stall ...While slightly more deserving than it’s predecessors, it’s lack of character almost makes you wish for their campiness and over the top flavor... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...Sadly, forcing a love story in it makes this concoction too lethal to consume.... full review

Thumbs down by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM ...thoroughly disappointing... full review

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Comments (21)


So what's Salman Khan supposed to be in this movie? Some kind of supercop/superspy? I've seen the promo for the music video where Katrina Kaif (who is stunning, though I question her taste in men!) is drumming wearing a kilt and a loosened necktie while Salman Khan stalks around her and pretends it's dancing.

Everybody in our (admittedly Caucasian and American) Bollywood film group can't stand him, and think he comes off as abusive to women - who are his fans, anyway?


Sadly, the worth of the film does not even matter. That it will be a major hit, we all know. On the other hand, films like Udaan are declared a flop at the Box Office.


And "Thumbs Up"? I have clearly stated that I am "Not interested in watching" this film. Do take care of this error.


"Seeing a woman in a Hindi film do cat-like moves is entertaining, alright" - That was one of the major 'plus' sequences for me :P


@Meetu : Tell me dear lady,being a neutral(i mean a non Salman fanatic),should i watch it at a theatre?Or should i rather wait for the DVD?


meetu: I think movie's second half is watchable.


The movie was pretty good. No real story, but it kept you engrossed. They could have done with shorter songs, especially the Cuba one. The ending was a little tame for the kind of action we saw throughout the movie. But loved the movie overall anyway.


Here is how Salamaniacs should perceive if they might get disappointed after watching d movie , the film title refers to a major concern about Tigers being getting extinct from Indian jungles , the movie was released on 15 august Independence day just to support dis cause Ek Tha Tiger .

Farida Rizwan:

Good review.. may be I will still go ahead and watch it for Salman and Katrina


With Salman Khan having on the screen, it was without any doubt that the film is a super entertainment dosage, and with so much of expectations, thankfully it served its purpose and fulfilled the hopes and beliefs of the 'Aam Janta - The Mango People'. It’s a treat for Salman Khan’s fans and a strongly recommended for all the moviegoers. On the whole, Ek Tha Tiger is a sure-shot


@TimLiebe The rest of the world, dear sir, the rest of the world.

@Rahul sorry about the glitch. Will try to get it fixed asap.

@Harsh :)

@Anuj wait for the DVD for sure.

@Jake true - second half has a little more action than the first one.

@Lil cool!

@guddu ha ha ha ha

@Farida thank you! :D


That movie is awesome & loving to see salman katrina together,Now its all proven that salman is full masala himself.


Hated it...
I was not supposed to watch anyways, but got confused by some very favorable reviews...

Another romantic film! I am still waiting for a real espionage thriller from Bollywood... & enough of this Indo-Pak love stories... yes I got the point, Bollywood means well but there are other things you can talk about...

Saw some people praising Katrina's stunts... I'm sure it was some stuntwoman who will never be known...

Salim Qureshi:

It is one of the worst movie of salman in recent times after Bodyguard.


@Meetu - argh! None of us get Salman Khan's appeal - and we'd like to see Katrina Kaif in more movies he's <b><i>not</i></b> in. We all enjoyed MERE BROTHER KI DULHAM, even while knowing the story's A Mile Wide and An Inch Deep - and we thought ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA was one of the more all-around satisfying <i>masala</i> we've seen recently.


@Jitaditya i'm sure it was a stuntwoman, but still a woman character getting those stunts looked cooler than usual ;)

@Salim :) yes sir!

@TimELiebe Agree! :D

gabbar singh:

I am surprised by the review. As someone who isnt a fan of bollywood films because they all lack imagination or originality, i found the film engaging and enjoyable. Its not a work of art but the production shows high standards. I dont know why the action scenes are questioned, they are easily some of the best from bpllywood- the chase at the start, the shop and tram sequence in ireland, the couple being chased through the streets and roofs in Cuba, in addition to the final fight sequence, all were excellent. Also pleased the film was only 2 hours 10 mins. Really left you wanting more! Go watch it!


Most overrated film, though smart then other Salman films
But seriously it didnt really make sense
The worst part was the scene where Salman stops a train from clash with his jacket it was so stupid
Even the climax wasnt too convincing
Overall decent


Direction: 2
Story: 2
Lead Actors: 3
Character Artists: 1.5

Dialogues: 1
Screenplay: 1.5
Music Director: 1.5
Lyrics: 1


didnt you realise that salman's body double was used in most stunts?


@Silvan of course, and Katrina too. :)

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