Ek Tha Tiger
Out Now On-Demand
Hindi espionage blockbuster. Salman Khan is Tiger, a secret agent caught between the shadowy intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan.
- Kabir Khan('Kabul Express', 'New York')
Thriller, Romance, Bollywood, World Cinema
Rating: M contains violence
Hindi with English subtitles
India, Ireland, USA
Since he is a megastar, any Salman Khan-starring movie comes with certain expectations and with Ek Tha Tiger being his first film with Yashraj Productions, which has its own style, there was bound to be hype. So does the build up match the actual film? Yes and no.
This is the story of Tiger, an Indian RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) agent with a James Bond-ish reputation who takes out Pakistani ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) agents across the world with ease and well choreographed action sequences. One day he is sent on a mission to Dublin to observe an Indian professor suspected of selling secrets to the ISI. There he meets Zoya, the professor’s part time house keeper. They fall in love but it is not that simple. So we go through heart break; sweet, romantic songs; wild chases across the globe; and twists and turns to see the couple live happily ever after.
Since it is a Salman film there are corny one-liners, silly comedy and action sequences ranging from cool to cheesy. Exotic foreign locales, beautiful cinematography and glamour are hallmarks of a Yashraj film.
Ek Tha Tiger's lack of logic and script loopholes prove inconsequential to enjoying the film. And it doesn't matter that it is too long, more a romance than a thriller, or that whenever the film moves to a new foreign location we never engage with the locals (even Cubans are glamorous, happy and seemingly prosperous and one reference to Che Guevara is converted to a romantic line).
Salman Khan is himself and Katrina is incandescent even if her repertoire is limited. Dimagh ko frigde mein rakho (leave your brains in the fridge) before going to the theatre and you'll enjoy.
ON A MUSICAL NOTE : EK THA TIGER
Ek Tha Tiger can boast of good music & lives up to the reputation of Yash Raj banner. It provides a wide variety of sounds from Arabic to Irish to Middle eastern to latino as the film has been shot over different international locations, i.e Ireland, Cuba, Istanbul etc.
Laapata is my pick of the album. With some amazing latino beats & the fragrance of Cuba, K.K & Palak's soothing rendition has added a new dimension to this romantic track. A must listen for all music lovers. .
Saiyaara is a melodious track that boasts of beautiful poetry by Kausar Munir. Mohit Chauhan has weaved his magic around the song . Tarannum's voice sounds really fresh & gels well with Mohit. The song to watch out for.
Mashallah is another crowd puller. A visual treat as the picturization is superb. The song carries a persian sound & has been shot in a middle eastern location. It seems to be lifted from an Arabic wedding song. Shreya does an awesome job as she gets in sync with this Arabic melody in tandem with Wajid & Benny.
The sounds created by Middle Eastern instruments i.e hand-tapped tambourine, the djembe and the darbuka seems magical.
Banjaara is a high tempo number rendered by Sukhvinder. It's a fast foot tapping number wherein lot of drums, guitars, bongos can be heard. It's got a bit of Irish theme in the tune having been shot in Dublin. The best part is the bag pipes.
Tiger's theme composed by Julius Packiam is awesome. It's a fast paced instrumental track which induces a feeling of mystery or suspense. A musical delight for the young audience.
Sohail Sen leaves his mark as a music director. Sajid-Wajid as guest composers & Julius Packiam with his background score are alos good.