wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?)
It is cute when a Salman Khan film has a decent story. Even if the twists and twists turn around in circles, 9/10 of which are predictable. That the rest of the film rests on the women is a pleasant surprise too. Even if it is only a tiny step in the right direction. (Streaming Partner: Amazon Prime)Read more
A Salman Khan film, and I didn’t roll my eyes! Don’t remember doing it even once. Not that the film is without scenes that deserve them, it is just that they were tolerable enough, and few-and-far-between enough to save the eyes some exercise. The same goes for the ears. The background score is loud but not pulsating enough for us to plug our ears. An action film of this genre, being easy on the senses is truly a new experience. Yes, I realise I am setting the bar too low by whatever you have read so far. At the same time, given what we are used to for action films with this crew, the story actually had enough bits and pieces to make us admire what it is trying to do.
...any day I would take that against them getting the punches and Katrina just existing.
What is it trying to do? It is bringing a third party to the India-Pakistan relationship. A party that can take the blame instead of Indians beating up Pakistan. Sure, that isn’t new. But Tiger 3 draws that line cleanly and clearly. I found the twist on the national anthem endearing. It brought extra goosebumps because of how un-jingoistic it became with that slight change.
Are these fresh angles enough to wipe off the cliches and the predictability? I’d say, just about. Or let’s say this. If it weren’t for these, the double-crossings, double-double crossings, suspicions of double crossings and double-double…and the loopholes, oh the loopholes…and the continuity jerks…Tiger 3 would have tired me out. But I actually enjoyed the film despite these unsurprising tropes. In fact, some of them were outright yawn-worthy.
Did the performances have anything to do with the enjoyment? Not entirely. Salman Khan is what he has been and what he is expected to be…Salman Khan. Emraan Hashmi is the calm in the turmoil, but that doesn’t call for any great moves from him.
The supporting cast is charming. From Shah Rukh Khan to Revathy to Simran. It is amusing, loveable, and arguable that Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan draw more cheers in each other’s films than in their own. The bromance is cute, hope they don’t overdo it in the promised franchise. That Kumud Mishra can play a priest as well as he plays a part of a spy outfit, is adorable and of course, a testament to his talent. But, none of that is out-of-the-world surprising, right?
Katrina Kaif is the surprise that tilted the “acting” department to favourable. Her hard work on her accent and diction shows. And she manages to make it look effortless too. She is similarly at ease in her action sequence. So, kudos to her and her stunt double.
The action choreography for her fight pieces stood out. It felt like these scenes received more attention, even more than the ones for Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s quick appearance. So much so that at one point, I wondered if Salman and Shah Rukh need to just exist while Katrina needs to work hard to earn her scenes. But hey, any day I would take that against them getting the punches and Katrina just existing. So, no, not complaining. Yet.
The general trend of Indian action films led by superstars is looking good.
In fact, one scene seems to have been created only to show Katrina’s character, Zoya’s finesse in action. Sure, that scene might have been a way for the makers to address the needs of the Indian masses. Rather, the makers’ judgement of massy Indians’ needs. But, that it was executed with grace and elegance made it an enrapturing watch. And that they generally avoided overt crassness was admirable.
The general trend of Indian action films led by superstars is looking good. They stay entertainers while tweaking the stories just enough to get out of the ‘leave your brains at home’ zone. The promise of the next one in the YRF spy world in the post-credit sequence has me hooked with its premise, a hero pushed to…naah, not going to give the post-credit sequence away either. ;)
Happy festivities to you all!
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Abhimanyu Mathur, DNA : ...In all, Tiger 3 is an entertainer of the best kind. The one that will make you whistle, cheer, and clap, but also sometimes question the absurdity of the plot. But then, this film is delivering what it promised – a relentless entertainer in the garb of a patriotic thriller. Nothing more, nothing less!... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonil Dedhia, DNA : ...Although the film relies heavily on Salman’s heroic abilities it does get tiresome towards the end. But what makes it entertaining is Emraan Hashmi’s character Aatish Rehmani. Every hero needs a worthy villain, and director Maneesh Sharma can use Emraan’s crooked smile and his cunning avatar to make Aatish come across as a man whose emotions have shut down.... full review
Thumbs up, by Vinamra Mathur, FirstPost : ...Both John Abraham in Pathaan and Emraan Hashmi in Tiger 3 have a backstory that justifies what they did and what they ultimately became. They were victims that chose to walk on the streets of villainy and fire. And both embodied their characters with swag and style. But this is about the past. Yash Raj Films is far from done with their universe. We still have War 2 left, and maybe Pathaan 2 and possibly Tiger 4. And before we can even see what lies in these movies, it’ll be all over social media. How about Pathaan, Tiger, and Kabir joining hands to combat social media menace? And do more action and less talking? But only for the slick action and the final surprise post end credits (and Salman Khan’s aura), here’s an extra-half star.... full review
Thumbs up, by Baradwaj Rangan, galatta.com : ...It would have been even bigger with a better villain. Emraan Hashmi is not bad, but he is not able to bring out the angst of being humiliated by his own country, something John Abraham did so well in Pathaan. But Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan are in good form, and it's nice to see Revathy, Salman's romantic interest in 1991's Love, now as his boss. If 007 reported to M, Tiger reports to MM (that's what her initials are). Comparisons to Bond and the Mission: Impossible series are inevitable, but Tiger 3 stands on its own. This is rock-solid Indo-Western entertainment. . Read more at: https://www.galatta.com/hindi/movie/review/tiger-3/... full review
Thumbs up, by Nitin Jain, Glamsham.com : ...Tiger 3 is a better film in terms of its plot, sticking to it without deviating into unnecessary song & dance (keeping it for the last) and its twists and turns including the Pathaan part. A must watch for all Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan fans.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sarika Swaroop, India TV : ...Salman Khan's 'Tiger 3' is an all-time blockbuster. Salman's unique and solid style makes the story interesting. You must also watch this film, surely you too will be shocked to see Salman's action sequence. Overall the film is full of entertainment, action and patriotism.... full review
Thumbs up, by Lekha Menon, Khaleej Times : ...Never mind, for we have a surprise a little after the interval. No prizes for guessing who lands up, but the eruption in the theatre is worth the price of the ticket. And for some extra fireworks, wait till the end credits are over. The Diwali treat has just begun.... full review
Thumbs up, by Himesh Mankad, Pinkvilla : ...Overall, Tiger 3 rides hugely mounted action sequences backed with power performances by Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi. While pacing is an issue at some places, the core plot has enough of an emotional connect to keep you glued on the big screen. It’s great to see Salman Khan doing films of scale that justifies his stardom deserves. Overall, Tiger 3 is an action-packed entertainer that has all the ingredients to emerge Salman Khan’s biggest grosser till date. Watch it.... full review
Thumbs up, by https://www.theweek.in/authors.karthik-ravindranat, The Week : ...Those who leave as soon as the movie ends stand to miss out on something big. Though it has already been leaked, it is worth waiting to see the post credit scene for yourself. While you wait, you can enjoy a beautifully shot song, which also gives Katrina the opportunity to once again show off her dancing skills.... full review
Thumbs up, by Simran Khan, Times Now : ...Needless to say, this one is a must-watch for every Bhaijaan fan. Lovers of the action genre should also consider heading to the nearest cinema hall this Diwali. The others, however, need to know that the film does have some flaws. The first half is sluggardly but the second half makes up for it and you almost forget the complaints you had before intermission.... full review
So-So, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...Tiger 3 is guilty of the opposite: it is too busy anticipating audience’s response to improvise. But yes, it is a well-shot technically sound visually flash action drama—a pat on the back for Anay Goswamy spectral lensing—with much more to offer to the Salmaniacs than his Eid release. Na kisi ka bhai na kisi ki jaan, this time Salman Khan fights for country and family .And it is not quite the ultimate actioner his fans expect. But it serves its purpose.... full review
So-So, by Nikita Thakkar, Bollywood Life : ...Tiger 3 film is made for Salman Khan fans who love to see him doing maar-dhaad like no other. It is a Diwali dhamaka, so we would say, it's a one time watch Bollywood-style action film that will entertain you but in parts.... full review
So-So, by L Ravichander, Deccan Chronicle : ...At the theaters post-Diwali, footfalls are worrisome. They suggest a certain hesitation or even collective rejection, and if that be so, the temptation to write off the Khan for being past his prime would be large. That he is. Tiger, not Khan, deserves more acceptance. Perhaps it will catch up. Hopefully it will. There is a promise for more eerie spy thriller at the end of the film.... full review
So-So, by "Shreyas Pande ", Deccan Herald : ...Tiger 3 had some of the elements to make it a roaring affair, but it failed to deliver in full swing. It still remains a watchable film, especially in the tightly woven and comparatively nicely executed second half. But that is not something you want...... full review
So-So, by Rahul Desai, Film Companion : ...I’d still like to believe that the founding pillars of the franchise are more nuanced. As of now, though, it feels like this tiger is finally showing its stripes. He is moving, but in the same direction as his surroundings.... full review
So-So, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...Watch the film if you're a hardcore Salman Khan fan. The morning shows, even on a Diwali Sunday, were all near-capacity and that tells you something about Salman’s aura.... full review
So-So, by Murtuza, Filmi Beat : ...Overall, Tiger 3 had the potential to be a fantastic film but because of the not-so-amazing screenplay and direction, the movie just turns out to be a decent watch. However, if you are a Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif fan, then it's a Must-Watch for you.... full review
So-So, by Lipika Varma, Free Press Journal : ...In its eventuality, Tiger 3 is an average entertaining actioner that will end up pulling the crowds to the theatres, this festive weekend.... full review
So-So, by "Punarvasu Pendse ", fullhyd.com : ...But that is not what the target audience cares about. Completely ignoring the risk of repeating myself, I'll reiterate - it is all about the spectacle, and as far as that goes, Tiger 3 is going to get lapped up by the masses.... full review
So-So, by Monika Rawal Kukreja, Hindustan Times : ...Tiger fever set in as you watch some long jumps in the air, and instead of safe landings, the hero straight going for the helicopter, because there's no fun in watching high-octane action if it isn't risky. So, go take the risk and give Tiger 3 a shot on the big screen. And sit back for a bit after the end credits and the final song, for there's a big surprise that awaits. Trust me, you won't complain.... full review
So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...All the technical razzmatazz that the film rides on would have come to naught without the presence of a star or two who can add lustre, if only of a superficial kind, to the exercise. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif do not disappoint even when Tiger 3 isn't exactly as fleet as a feline on its feet.... full review
So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...As her partner-in-dishoom dishoom, Salman Khan appears a lot more sombre than starry in his fourth iteration as Tiger. Crying not clobbering colours his portrayal, which earns extra brownie points every time he responds to any patriotism-peddling provocation with conspicuous silence.... full review
So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Perhaps the spy universe needs a radical new element to shake up things – not the threatened reunion with Kabir from War, but characters from YRF’s Dhoom franchise. Now that could actually be fun.... full review
So-So, by Pratikshya Mishra, The Quint : ...I do not expect logic from action films – sometimes most of the fun in the genre comes from bending some rules of physics. But to make that suspension of disbelief possible, the direction and the cinematography must convince the audience that the risk is worth the reward. The unnecessary close-ups and the scattershot editing in the action scenes keeps reminding you that you’re watching a piece of cinema.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepanjana Pal, Film Companion : ...The silver lining of Tiger 3 is that it continues to dream up a world in which, despite the devastation, there is hope. Here, women become heads of states, honour is a bond between spies no matter what agency they report to, and peace is a possibility between warring nations. If only the fantasy could extend to giving us a lead who is a hero rather than a star.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...Which is the only spoiler one must reveal about this film. That they’ve attempted a supposedly, albeit randomly complex script in a Salman flick! Seriously, why bother? As the old adage goes: keep it simple, stupid!... full review
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