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Ek Tha Tiger  (2012 - Hindi)

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Ek Tha Tiger cumulative rating: 3.05 out of 53.05/5 (205 users)

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  • Tamed Tiger….

    Ek Tha Tiger rating: 5 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 15 Aug 2012)

    When you hear the word ‘Tiger’, what first comes to your mind? – The Royal Bengal Tiger of course. In context of our movies, we can’t think beyond the deadly characters Amitabh Bachchan essayed in movies like Hum - Fearsome and Lethal. So when we came to know that Yash Raj banners next big flick’s title was going to be ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ the expectations started building up. And by signing up the hulky Salman Khan in the lead, it felt like the promising title would finally be done justice to. Salman Khan, who has been riding real high with back-to-back blockbusters, all of which have targeted to the out-and-out mass audience. Though his last flick Bodyguard left a sour taste in the Sallu-fanatics’ mouth as it was not at par to the expectations in comparison to Salman Khan’s Masala entertainers like Wanted, Dabbang or even Ready, But yet it left the box office counters raking with moolahs left right and center. One thing is for sure that even before its release, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ is going to shatter all box-office records as per Salman Khan’s past history, Fan following and a 9-day week {which includes a national holiday plus Salman's lucky mascot – Eid}. But will the fans get what they expect from a Salman Khan film? Let’s find out.

    ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ is the story of a top R.A.W agent named Tiger {Salman Khan}. His boss {Girish Karnad} assigns him and his associate Gopi {Ranvir Shourie} a mission where they have to chalk out information from a Scientist Kidwai {Roshan Seth} based in Dublin. Tiger meets Zoya {Katrina Kaif} who is Kidwai’s caretaker and gradually (and expectedly) falls in love with her. Little does he know that all these will lead him to a road full of obstacles. Story has some shades clearly matching with Saif Ali Khan’s spy-thriller ‘Agent Vinod’ which released earlier year to a lukewarm response. First half of this film is pretty entertaining and has some good balance of Action-filled, Romantic and funny moments. But as the movie leads towards the interval, the narrative begins to drag. The second half has some interesting chase sequences followed by several itsy-bitsy fight scenes, but soon we realize that on a basic story level, Ek Tha Tiger is just a plain cat-and-mouse chase drama. Screenplay writers too decide to play on the Salman Khan factor rather than working on the second half or the finale. On the positive side, there are some interesting scenes like the entire chase scene in the beginning, followed by the Salman-Girish chat about the latter’s love-life, the Salman-Katrina introduction scene followed by their chat in hostel, the whole Twist after the Istanbul meet, chase scenes in Cuba followed by Katrina’s rescue. One would love those small flashback moments of Salman Khan when someone keeps asking him what he does for a living, Or Does he have a Girlfriend, etc. Wished the makers retained the same level of humor throughout the film.
    On the flip side the Tram sequence is ruined by some silly antics, followed by the very predictable and dragging pre-interval portions. Also, the disappearance of the story and fun element in the second half leading to powerless climax and some shoddy C.G.I Action scenes. Camera work is of top notch and all the locations of Cuba, Turkey, Ireland and various places are mind-blowing. Thanks to the cinematographer, one does get a feel of watching an international film. Editing is highly required right from the pre-interval portions till the finale, since the length of the film is a bit worrying and there are many portions which could have been trimmed.

    Also, Music has always been a great USP of Salman Khan’s films. Out here, the songs are good but certain not chartbuster-material. Still, ‘Laapata’ & ‘Banjara’ are good visual treats, followed by ‘Saiyara’, an underrated gem from the film. The most popular song ‘Mashaallah’ is used in end credits, which is a big disappointment, but you will forget your worries and start to enjoy watching Salman-Katrina in this song which is brilliantly choreographed. Background music is average.

    Kabir Khan’s directorial debut ‘Kabul Express’ was a fantastic film, followed by ‘New York’ which was perfect blend of commercial and hard-hitting cinema, though not at par with his first film. Out here though, Kabir Khan fails big time as he has not been able to do justice to a Salman Khan entertainer. He is a total misfit in such films where we don’t even catch a single trace of his film-making style or technique. One does expect at least a decent film when we see Kabir’s name, but out here it’s just the name - the soul is highly, almost totally, missing.

    When it comes to designing a crowd-puller – no one even comes close to Salman Khan. He has that magnetic touch which automatically pulls his audience to cinema hall giving him back to back Blockbusters. The audiences too have full faith in this actor and know that they will get 100% entertainer. Sadly out here the audience might feel bit let down as the makers have underplayed the Salman Khan card. His stardom or mania is not captured fully nor is given proper justice with this half baked script. Still Salman Khan looks fantastic in this film and has done his part with total dedication. You will love him in all those comic scenes, action scenes and the shirtless scene followed by the romantic scenes might which might remind you of ‘ Yuvvraaj ’. We just wish he starts focusing on his subjects and stop taking its audience for a ride. Katrina Kaif is fine and looks beautiful, but not mesmerizing. Loved her in all those action scenes. Ranvir Shourie, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth, Rajendra Sethi and others hardly have anything to offer.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hain Dum ?

    Dum hain… in first part and some good action chase scenes, but when it comes to story line or mass entertainment it’s a huge let-down. The film starts off like a roaring tiger, but slowly keeps getting mellowed down {funnily enough, it reminds you of the strepsils ad where the lion sounds like cat}. Instead of being a fearsome Tiger, this tiger ends up being a tamed one which does very little besides merely reacting to its ring-master {which in this case are the producers}. ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ is definitely not a bad film, but when we see it as a quintessential Salman Khan entertainer, which its both designed and promoted as, it’s a letdown for both masses and classes. It seems as if the makers came up a one-liner story, got Salman & Katrina and just took Kabir Khan for namesake and made a half-baked film which won’t cater to either classes or masses, but with some great mathematics, logistics and marketing will end up fooling its audience by minting loads & loads of money.

    Ratings : 2.75/5

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