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Why should Hollywood have all the fun? Even India and Pakistan can save the world. Especially since Tiger is alive. The regular action fare – nothing more than you expect but nothing less either.Read more
The same ol’ collaboration between the intelligence bureaus of India and Pakistan. The same ol’ attempt at bringing the two nations towards each other. The same romance. From the trailer, it looks like Tiger Zinda Hai is only trying to cash in on the Salmania with as little effort in story-writing as is possible.
Just about everything is centered around making Salman Khan look cool. That 25 Indian nurses need to rescued is incidental. It is Salman who is rescuing them and that is all that matters. They haven’t even bothered to give him a signature line, let alone decent dialogue. The two voiceover lines and the single line that we see him mouth in the trailer – are all blatantly lame. You almost feel bad for Salman Khan trying to infuse them with meaning and/or energy.
Trying my best to find something to look forward to this Christmas. And failing.
Tiger Zinda Hai releases on 22 December, 2017.
- meeta, a part of the audience
You don’t expect subtlety and you don’t get it. There is no humility here, Tiger Zinda Hai is about how Tiger aka Salman Khan attempts to save hostages, kill villains, love his family all while he patches up the relationship between India and Pakistan to promote world peace. When you go in wanting that, you walk out smiling because you knew exactly what was going to happen. In that sense, Tiger Zinda Hai is satisfying. Else, it is pretty much mundane.
They aren’t experimenting much with the genre by keeping it plain, simple and in line with expectations.
Salman Khan is himself and the rest are just props around him, including Katrina Kaif. Sure, she gets to throw a few kicks around and is quite slick about it too. But, ultimately Tiger Zinda Hai wears the Salman card so much on its sleeve that you don’t even want to spend energy in thinking, “Hey but, how did that happen?”
In fact, the most apparent show of cashing in on Salmania is that he is given some of the lamest lines ever. It is like the writers know that it doesn’t matter what he says, as long as he has the quintessential swagger about it - almost willingly mocking the fans. Especially when the lyricist has come up with decent lines like, “narazgi kagzi teri”1 or “Swag se karenge sabka swagat”2, you wonder why some of it couldn’t have seen its way to the dialogue.
The story does have the villain and the hero outsmart each other constantly but that comes across as going through the drill. The addition of humour and patriotism also look like adding salt and pepper to bring flavour rather than being germane to a plot. Very conveniently the motivation of the covert operation moves from saving lives to national pride to world peace to saving lives to national pride to world peace.
The humour is not in the jokes or situations as much as it is from the ridiculous concepts. The world’s most romantic 8-year old who is also the hero’s “I don’t care how you do it, just do it” boss, the national spy who also knows how to paint portraits on snow, the number of empty cars blown up, the amount of time the villain gang waits to shoot while the hero’s team does a panorama sweep with a machine gun – bring smirks rather than smiles.
Amidst this though, the biggest positive is that songs don’t interrupt the proceedings. To that extent things are taken seriously. Of course, the background music more than compensates by abruptly alternating between a romantic tune that is tempered down to be sad as required and a pulsating, thriller, Bond-esque tune.
Clearly, they aren’t experimenting much with the genre by keeping it plain, simple and in line with expectations. They do tread into the controversial territory of preaching sisterhood between India and Pakistan. While it is a noble thought with a lot of merit but the oversimplification fictionalises it a bit much.
The humour is not in the jokes or situations as much as it is from the ridiculous concepts.
1Your resentment is only on paper
2We will welcome all with a swag (with a play on the Hindi word for welcome)
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, TIGER ZINDA HAI is a high-octane masala entertainer that stays true to its genre and delivers what it promises: King-sized entertainment. At the box office, the audiences will give the film an epic ‘swagat’ as it is bound to entertain them thoroughly. This one is a SURE SHOT BLOCKBUSTER and nothing can stop it from setting new records. Get ready for the Tsunami at the Box Office. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The film is well made and has enough masala to make it a blockbuster; after Salman Khan’s lukewarm Tubelight, this one is meant for the star to please his fans. A part three is undoubtedly on the way. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini : ...The movie has sharp one liners and the jibe on Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik’s marriage had audiences laughing a good two three minutes till the scene ended.... full review
Thumbs up, by Ronish Baxter, Desi Martini : ...Most waited an Must watch movie. BHAI IS BACK with full of action and romance. Salman and Kat together look great. AAP sab Kare SWAG SE SWAGAT of NEW YEAR with Bhai.... full review
Thumbs up, by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini : ...then also it is for you. I am not a big action fan so found it a bit heavy going and a bit too long. However, it can be a good movie to watch in a crowded theatre where the energy is infectious and can carry you along.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Director Ali Abbas Zafar has crafted a superb action movie with some pretty strong moments. The best of the lot deal with India and Pakistan rivalry and camaraderie. It's good to see an action film that slows down momentarily to show some insight. This one's definitely a smart watch. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Anish Mohanty, Kia Gia : ...Tiger Zinda Hai' is a hugely entertaining film in which the director has also tried to tell a story that could have been difficult to narrate in a standard commercial film. He blends in the authenticity of a well-researched espionage thriller and an escapist commercial fare in good proportions and delivers a solid entertainer.... full review
Thumbs up, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...All hail Ali Abbas Zafar! When you’ve Salman Khan as your lead star with the backing of a studio like Yash Raj Films you tend to fantasize things making them larger than life. Ali, however, has stuck to basics and goes huge whenever it was needed in the story. Though he tries to infuse patriotism in the story, it was fine with me but still unclear how others will accept it.... full review
Thumbs up, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Indian spy thrillers have historically conjured up the kind of tense channelled in Pierce Brosnan's paan masala commercial. This one, excuse the pun, comes as a breath of fresh air.... full review
Thumbs up, by K K Rai Reena, STARDUST : ...Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger Zinda Hai is a masala entertainer, aimed at masses, with blockbuster written all over it. The movie is going to compensate the audience for lack of entertainment in Tubelight. Go for it at least once in a theatre near you. Given the holiday season, the flick is going to witness a rich harvest at the box office. Overall above average fare! Read more at: http://www.stardust.co.in/article/latest-buzz/movie-review-tiger-zinda-hai/12892... full review
Thumbs up, by Lasyapriya Sundaram, Times of India : ...With such a premise, the storyline needed to be far more compelling and the editing much tauter. Needless to add, a lot of sequences defy logic, but at the same time, there are many moments that will leave Salman Khan and action film fans impressed. ... full review
So-So, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...As for her chemistry with Salman, his eyes melt like a icrecream cone left out in the sun, each time she’s around. Will someone make an intense love story with the two?... full review
So-So, by Shubha Shetty Saha, Daily Bhaskar : ...Tiger (Salman Khan) is alive and literally kicking the ass in the second installment of the Tiger story. The Indian agent of the RAW of the 2012 film, Ek Tha Tiger is back, but rather reluctantly. Eight years later he’s happy fighting wolves in Austria with his son, Junior and Zoya (Katrina Kaif). For those uninitiated, Zoya is the Pakistani spy working for ISI that he had fallen in love with in the previous installment.... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Ali Abbas Zafar tries hard to make this augmented experience both racy and exciting, but all his tricks and treats are laid out in un-invigorating fashion. That might not be a hurdle for the fans though! ... full review
So-So, by T J Reddy, fullhyd.com : ...I repeat, this is Bhai's world and we are just living in it. To all of us who can find humour in the farcical nature of these films, this is a breezy weekend evening. But if you can't laugh with it or at it, you're in for a long fight with a very game Tiger that may see you end up right beside one of the wolves from the opening scene.... full review
So-So, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...Watch this if you are in the mood to see a stoic, stone-faced swashbuckling superhero, aka Salman Khan, and some supremely well-executed action sequences. Don’t go looking for soul, though. ... full review
So-So, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...There’s still some time to catch up with Hollywood, but Tiger Zinda Hai is probably the best a filmmaker could do with a superstar. Just wait for the moment when Salman Khan dodges the most dreaded criminals and their rocket launchers while riding a horse. ... full review
So-So, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...In that split second, one could only imagine the questions that ran through his mind. Can one cheer for a Pakistani flag? Is it a test? Would Bhai approve? The tension was palpable. Then, “Woohoo!” And so ended 2017... full review
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...I wouldn’t deny that ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is an entertaining ride and Salman fans will have a great time watching their idol take off his shirt and display his muscled torso while bashing up bad guys. The action scenes are larger-than-life and would warm the heart of any action junkie. ... full review
So-So, by Raja Sen, NDTV : ...At one point in the film, Indian intelligence starts setting up genuinely fascinating contingency plans in case Tiger fails. These, unfortunately, are far more interesting than what Tiger does end up doing, which is basically to bring the biggest guns to a knife fight. Ah well. GI JaiHo. ... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...Tiger Zinda Hai is way too long at 2 hours and 41 minutes, but it packs some thrilling action and a beloved leading man presented in just the manner that the fans seem to want to see him.... full review
So-So, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...The action parts are great. No doubt about it. And thankfully there's little romance and fans can gasp at how cool he is, lifting Katrina over his shoulder and walks with one hand in his pocket. When the shirt comes off, though, you think people from Madame Tussauds have not been given enough credit. I'm a fan, and yet I know, it's time to stick to the singlet...... full review
So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Background music floods the action sequences in the hope that they exude greater pace and tension than they actually do. Nurses trapped in the war zone have been rescued with greater efficiency in Mahesh Narayan’s Take Off.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bardwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...ulius Packiam is the film’s hero. His background score is the equivalent of the electro-shock paddles that doctors on TV keep pressing on patients’ chests. But there’s only so much resuscitation one can do when faced with such a dearth of ideas... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In short, the film actually isn’t interested in telling you anything about what exactly happened with the group of Nurses in Iraq, brutally using them as a mere plot and nothing else. So in case you are really interested in knowing or watching a ‘not-to-be-missed’ gem showcasing the incident in a brilliant, outstanding manner then watch Malayalam film TAKE OFF at the earliest, available at the leading online portals with English Subtitles…… and do yourself a favour.... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...Tiger this time has a few good men at his disposal but Khan doesn't pass off as the most active and dangerous agent out there. In fact it's Zoya who comes across as the wonder woman, one present at the right place at the right time, doing all the hard work. As the 30-minute climax unfolds, a lot of it in slo-mo, Zafar has achieved the impossible. sex slaves have been freed, a child soldier is rescued, there's minimum casualty and ISC is no more. What's left? World peace? Which is why this too ends on an open note. Because if history has taught us anything, it's that man's need to cause harm and people's appetite for Salman Khan are unlikely to change.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kamaal Rashid Khan, Khaleej Times : ...It's a waste of time to watch such an unreal movie that one wouldn't know whether it is comedy or action or both or it's a computer game. But if you are a fan of Salman and Katrina and watching them is enough, then it will be good enough... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...Sure, at 160 minutes' plus, this movie is more than a bit of a stretch (both literally, and figuratively). Give him a few more minutes, forget evacuating the few nurses, King Salmander would have vanquished the entire IS (he’s already martyred half the militia to hell). I get it. Not hard to tell who’ll unconditionally love it. That’s really all there is to report from this battlefield.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sukanya Varma, Rediff : ...Of course for all its nerve, the argument is NEVER equal. Pakistan is always defensive to India's offensive. The aman ki asha facade falls through the minute a Pakistani hoists an Indian flag and there's a conspicuous lack of reciprocation. Almost as if to salvage the awkwardness of it all, a Pakistani then hoists his own flag as well.... full review
Waseemakhtar058: Nice movie Tiger zinda hai
viraj_bake: Tiger Zinda Hai is full paisa wasool! #BhaiRocks
T_KhanOfficial: Tiger Zinda Hai: Action packed from the outset and throughout. Worth a watch and a great story.
subhihasan_: Tiger Zinda Hai 9/10
soulsearch4444: Do watch TIGER ZINDA HAI. Especially if you a Salman fan. I super loved it. Good action, well directed and Salman Khan rocks his role!
ShoaibA19344027: tiger zinda hai amazing movie love u salman
Saeedcena1Ahmed: Last night I watched tiger zinda hai with my family .best movie what an action by zoya and tiger . Love u salman sir.
rubinaiimtiaz: impressed w tiger zinda hai all thanks to ali zafar for directing that movie
ritikkr01: I love u Salman bhai Tiger zinda hai movie Blockbuster good movie Love u bhai
Rakeshk75553573: A1 movies Tiger zinda hai Desh Bhakti film
RajusPrakesh: Tiger zinda hai first show and first day super 5 ***** Aisi film Bolliwod me aaj tak nahi bani super, , R..LoVeS oN A.P.S.K..
RajKumarbalmik9: #Tiger zinda hai it's owsome movie
pettypunjabi: Tiger zinda hai has such a beautiful storyline and message
NotRaman2_0: Saw Tiger Zinda hai.. What a cinematic masterpiece better than Homeland and Saving Private Ryan. #Respect
mehboob51329056: Tiger zinda hai is nice film
malhar_rao: Salman sir great it's very good and great film TIGER ZINDA HAI. I am big friend of Salman Bhai we like very much
Kanhaiyasaxena4: Tiger zinda hai movie is solid
imran83159590: tiger zinda hai movi is best
HookerPritam: Tiger Zinda Hai such an amazing movie with lots of good actions and brilliant script.
hafizah_isaac: Tiger zinda hai best teruk. 15/10 i bagi! ♥️♥️♥️
drswethamoode: Different reviews by different ppl...but my review for tdy...Tiger zinda hai is a flick that shouldn’t be missed #TigerZindaHai #MovieReview
Devil78499555: Best action,best starcast and best movie I have ever seen @tiger zinda hai really @BeingSalmanKhan Bhai dil khush kar diya
Being_Sarmi: Tiger Zinda Hai Aur boss kya Zinda Hai yaar
Anisha290: I think I'm starting to warm upto Salman Khan, absolutely loved Tiger Zinda Hai!
am_irfan: Awesome movie Tiger zinda hai
AliaaaNoor: Salman khan in Tiger zinda hai.❤>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
aleemmaru: Tiger zinda hai mad movie ❤️
AdityaK42842259: What a film Tiger zinda hai Wow
AakashR98184823: Tiger Zinda Hai I Like This Movis
ruchi_kr27: I went and watched latest Salman Khan movie "tiger zinda Hai" umm... 3/5 rating
magsi_akber: Don't know why Tiger Zinda hai is earning as much as it's just an average movie.
javeria: Tiger Zinda Hai will give you a good feel™ for every bad feel™ Gadar gave you
HanaanQ: Tiger Zinda Hai was deeeecent. Standard Salman Khan movie. Everything OTT
1Kritesh: Tiger zinda hai achha film hai ETT se story entertaining me action ETT se Achha nhi hai
TheRedTailedBoa: Tiger Zinda Hai. Par Kyu?
Subhash_ati9: Tiger Zinda Hai could've been a nice mix between Baby and Airlift. So much potential. Messed up the final act big time.
Navdeep56140588: Tiger zinda hai kash film bhi zinda hoti
MrTippler: Tiger zinda hai, hum sharminda hain.
Kolacasinac: Just watched Tiger Zinda hai. Salman khan can't resist making boring films :(
hey_dhrmsh: *Tiger Zinda Hai* Me: Bahnchod mere 300rs. toh mar gaye lekin
Gayatrikalita3: Explore more genres of movies. Kick, Bodyguard, Ready , Tiger Zinda Hai ....all look the same !
Batla_G: Tiger Zinda Hai Script Murda Hai
Ayynam: Tiger Zinda Hai dekhne ke baad filmein dekhne ki iccha marr gayi hai #WorstMovie
anmolarora036: Tiger zinda hai lekin movie dekh ke audience mar jayegi BC #CancerZindaHai #tzh #TigerZindaHai
AdMadRadLad: #OneLineMovieReview of Tiger Zinda Hai: lacks freshness, stellar performances and a gripping storyline. Tiger mar hi jaye toh acha hai.
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