September 17, 2012
Despite making and breaking his own records by one hit after another, actor Salman Khan says that he is not setting any records as he believes in doing hard work which eventually results in good Box Office collections. Post his back-to-back hits - Dabangg (grossing Rs 215 crore), Ready (Rs 180 crore) and Bodyguard (Rs 230 crore), Ek Tha Tiger (Rs 198 crore) - not only the audience, but even producers are pining their hopes on doing a film with Salman.
“I am not setting any record. I work on something and give my best. Now that the shooting of Ek Tha Tiger is over I am concentrating on every shot of Dabangg 2. I do not think what the result will be, or what would be the TRP ratings of the show, or the Box Office result,” Salman told PTI in an interview.
After hits like Wanted (2009), Dabangg (2010), Bodyguard (2011), his last release Ek Tha Tiger had the highest opening day ever with a collection of about Rs 32 crore. The film also created a new record for being the fastest Rs 100 crore earning film at the Box Office. “All I try to do is give my best at that given point of a time…on that shot. So, I give my best there and if that comes correctly then these things follow. If your work is appreciated then these things follow,” he said.
The Dabangg Khan believes it is all about doing hard work as it yields results at the Box Office. “Like if I say a line which makes you laugh and now you are anticipating laughter you are not going to get it until and unless you say the line in a funny way. So basically, it is all about doing and enjoying your work to the best of your capability. If it is working today then good, but it may not work tomorrow,” he said.
Meanwhile, after several seasons of reality show Bigg Boss showing contestants fighting and hurling abuses, the sixth season will be a “family” one, host Salman has promised. “I get to watch all the episodes including those things that we can’t air on TV as it is completely messed up. We can show only certain things. So I know who is behaving in what way. Little fights and all people do enjoy, but when it goes overboard it’s irritating,” the actor said.
“People want to watch some nice things. And this time it will be a family show for the fact that we shifted it from 11 PM to 9 PM slot. As a channel, we try and put out as much decent things as we can,” he added.
★ Salman Khan finds Amitabh Bachchan cool!
Tina Krishnan | Sep 17, 2012
Bollywood celebrities are capturing the small screen with different innovative ideas of reality shows. Aamir Khan came with Satyamev Jayate, Amiatbh Bachchan is currently hosting Kaun Banega Crorepati- season 6. Salman Khan is one celebrity, who is being repeated for the third time in Bigg Boss, something which has never happened before with any other celebrity.
The actor brings a different aura to the show and some suggest that he is influencing other actors for the same. When asked about the same, Salman says, “Really! I’m influencing people by this show? I have been to busy to notice.” When probed about Mr. Bachchan and how he’s changed his style of hosting KBC, Salman promptly says, “Mr. Bachchan has always been fun and chilled out.”
Commenting on Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate, he says, “I loved Aamir’s show, it was an extraordinary concept and he has done a good job.”
Now, it’s time to see if Big B has any comment on this one.
Shekhar | September 3, 2012
Actor Salman Khan has slammed the reports that he has kicked out filmmaker Shirish Kunder from his upcoming movie Kick, which is remake of hit Telugu film with the same name. The Bollywood superstar says that Joker director has left the film due to other commitments. Now Sajid Nadiadwala will direct it.
Shirish Kunder was to direct the film Kick after the release of his much hyped movie Joker. It was reported earlier that Salman Khan was not happy with Shirish Kunder’s script. So the actor had reportedly asked to do certain correction in it. A couple of days after the news hit the net, Shirish announced that he would not direct Salman Khan in Kick.
On his Twitter page, Shirish Kunder tweeted, “Sajid Nadiadwala will be directing KICK. He had originally envisioned the project and I feel he is the best person to bring it to life.” The director added, “I’ll continue with my efforts to make original films and bring novel stories in a mainstream format. Remakes for now do not interest me.”
His second post fueled the speculations that he has been dumped from the movie Kick over his creative difference with Salman Khan. But upset Salman took to his Twitter page to clear the air. The actor tweeted, “No that’s nt true . shirish left the film . He is working on sm thing else . Ho gaya clear ? Good ! Challo bye . Take care guys n nice (sic).”
However, Salman Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala have been close friends for long and have worked together in films like Jeet, Judwaa, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. Talking about the producer, the Ek Tha Tiger star had earlier said, “Sajid’s narrations are better than those of most directors and I’ve been pushing him to make the switch for years.” He added, “Today, I’m still kunwara (bachelor) but he’s finally turned director!”
August 25, 2012
Kabir Khan’s much-hyped movie Ek Tha Tiger starring Salman Khan and Katrina in the leads, has become the second all time highest grosser of Hindi films after 3 Idiots. The romantic action thriller, which received an earth-shattering response, has smashed all old records and set its own new bench mark that too in just 9-day first week.
Ek Tha Tiger, which released on 3300 screens on August 15, opened to histrionics response on first day breaking the record of Agneepath with its collection Rs 32.92 crore. The movie has collected a total of Rs 154.21 crore nett at the Indian Box Office in nine-day-extended first week. Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots is first all time highest grosser with its domestic collection Rs 202 crore, while Salman starrer landed in the second spot in the all time collection chart.
Ek Tha Tiger has also registered huge response at the overseas Box Office. The movie has shattered all old records of Bollywood in the international market too. Salman-Katrina starrer has raked in Rs 13.75 crore ($ 2,478,928) in USA, Rs 11.25 crore (AED 7,447,507) in UAE, Rs 8.56 crore (£ 974,252) in UK, Rs 2.90 crore (A$ 504,200) in Australia, Rs 80.98 lacs (NZ$ 180,366) in New Zealand and approximate Rs 20 lakhs in Fiji in nine-day opening week.
However, Salmania, massive promotions and its rich production values are some of the major reasons for the huge success of Ek Tha Tiger at the Box Office. The Independence Day holiday and Eid festivities also helped the movie to fetch the big numbers. The film has collected Rs 191.67 crores nett at the Worldwide Box Office in the first week. It should be seen whether it will break the all time collection record of 3 Idiots, which had collected Rs 385 crore worldwide.
15 Aug 2012
“Maine jo ek baar committment kar di, toh main apni bhi nahi sunta”- believe in the tiger’s words, he has fulfilled his committment. Salman Khan does it once again with the year’s most-awaited movie Ek Tha Tiger, that has released today. Directed by Kabir Khan, Ek Tha Tiger, that features Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, is an action, spy thriller, with a dose of romance too. The film has been making headlines ever since it was conceptualised. And if the the promos of the movie is any indication, Ek Tha Tiger has all the ingredients to make it to the top five movies of the year.
What is the story all about?
Ek Tha Tiger is a romantic thriller that revolves around the story of a Trinity College scientist, suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan. The Indian government sends a secret agent, codenamed Tiger (Salman Khan) to find out about the professor’s activities. Tiger gradually falls in love with the professor’s caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif), who is studying at a fictional dance academy. The film engages you strongly with several twists and turns. What happens next? Will Tiger gain victory in his mission or will love take an upper hand? Katrina conceals her real identity behind her barbie doll face. What’s that? Will that endanger Tiger’s mission?
Verdict on performances:
Termed as the mass entertainer, Salman Khan needs no verdict on his acting skills. What makes us love him in the movie is his rugged Tiger-like attitude, that suits him the best. Salman gets into the skin of his raw, rugged, edgy character and makes you admire over his marvellous performance.
When Kabir Khan claimed that everyone will get to see Katrina Kaif’s acting potential in the film, it wasn’t just a mere statement. He meant it and Kats did it. For all those who believe, Katrina is nothing, but, just a pretty face, Ek Tha Tiger is the answer for them. Katrina Kaif, not only looks super stunning in the movie, but, the girl proves that she’s no less in acting as well. The girl definitely gets a thumbs up for her improvised hindi diction and good performance in Ek Tha Tiger.
Ek Tha Tiger, high on action:
The film starts with some heavy dose of action and introduces you with the Tiger Khan. Salman’s entry in the film is sure to give you goosebumps. Khan’s kingly and smashing entry is just wow and makes you say, “The real tiger is back with a bang.” The action sequences in Ek Tha Tiger looks real yet, retains the element of larger-than-life heroism. Katrina Kaif is a surprise here. She is much more than just a barbie doll. Katrina lives up to Salman’s Tiger image, with some good action, which is generally not expected from a sweet, petite girl.
Positives: The second half is gripping. Ek Tha Tiger will rock because of two strong points- good story and Salman’s action packed performance, which is completely different from his other movies. On the other hand, despite the alleged break up, Salman and Katrina haven’t lost an iota of the chemistry, that makes them Bollywood’s ultimate power couple, which they have proved in Ek Tha Tiger. The comfort zone that the couple have shared in the second half of the movie, makes their romance look genuine and real. Ek Tha Tiger gives us the larger than life picture, with some beautiful and exotic scenaries.
Negatives: Katrina Kaif could have worked more on her facial expressions. The first half lacks passion and romance. In fact, at times, romance looks very dull and lacklustre between Salman and Katrina. The film leaves a big question that how can the Indian Government leave Tiger (Salman), a RAW agent so easily? What’s more illogical is that how can such a tough RAW agent fall for a girl so easily, especially when he is on a mission?
Verdict: Ek tha Tiger gets a thumbs up. Ek Tha Tiger leaves a strong message on this Independence day. The film conveys that love goes beyond border. No matter, if it’s India or Pakistan, love and friendship always an upper hand.
★ Ek tha Tiger Movie Review: The Tiger roars !
Cast: Salman Khan as Tiger, Katrina Kaif as Zoya, Ranvir Shorey as Gopi, Girish Karnad as Shenoy
Director: Kabir Khan
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Music Director: Sohail Sen , Sajid Ali , Wajid Ali
Lyricst: Neelesh Misra
The long wait for the Salman Khan fans is finally over with the release of the much-awaited movie of the year “Ek tha Tiger” this Friday on the occasion of Independence Day. With much earlier predictions made about the success of the movie, Salman has again come up with his best and not disappointed his lovers with a power packed performance with a strong script.
Ek the Tiger is a action cum romantic cum spy thriller that revolves that is basically the story of a spy, “Tiger” who works for Indian Intelligence Agency ‘RAW’. The story of the movie revolves around a scientist from the Trinity College who is a suspect for selling the secrets of missile technology of India to Pakistan.
Based on the suspicion, the Indian government appoints a secret agent with codename Tiger (Salman Khan) and sends him on a mission to observe the activities of Professor.
After reaching the place, all the attempts of Tiger fails to meet the Professor when he meets professor’s caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif), who is studying at a fictional dance academy and becomes friend to her. Once Tiger starts spending time with Zoya, he explores the Human side of his life for the first time apart from being a secret agent. Gradually, Tiger falls in love with Zoya.
The action drama starts for Tiger then, when the intelligence world prohibits him from falling in love.
Salman is once again is brilliant with his role as a secret agent following his trend in his earlier hits like Wanted, Dabangg and Bodyguard. Katrina as uaual looks beaufiful on screen and is getting improved with every movie. Ranvir Shorey as Gopi, who plays a RAW officer and Tiger’s friend has also done a tremendous job with his role.
After making various documentary films, Kabir Khan has presented a real good movie in association with Neelesh Mishra who has given a brilliant script for the movie and known for his famous writings book 173 Hours in Captivity: The Hijacking of IC-814.
The shootings of the movie ahs been completed in the exotic locations of Dublin, Cuba and Istanbul.
Music Directors Sohail Sen , Sajid Ali and Wajid Ali has done a great job with music with the music already topping the chart.
Overall, director Kabir Khan has made a complete entertainer making it a must watch movie of the year. You are definitely going to love it after watching this.
Submitted by: Amit Pandey
★ Ek Tha Tiger – Movie Review
Mashallah! Just few minutes past the screening, and I can’t stop crooning this track!! And the adjective not only addresses Katrina and Salman, it also can be said true for the entire film. A complete package, a blockbuster released right on the day of Independence, Kabir Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ is a powerful entertainer.
Revealing even a bit about the story would kill the thrill and suspense of the film and so i would just keep it to what we all know. It’s a love story of a spy, a RAW agent. What Sriram Raghavan could not do with ‘Agent Vinod’, Kabir Khan did with ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. The story is simple and hits the right nail with subtle twists and turns.
Kabir Khan, after, ‘New York’ and ‘Kabul Express’ again scores an Ace in direction. Camera angles, Salman’s entry through cigarette ashes, Russian and Greek delegates taking a nap during the UN Briefing, every minute detail has been taken care of and is inserted in the film for a reason. It makes us experience humour, emotions, thrill, romance, empathy in a little over than 2 hours.
‘Ek Tha Tiger’ is a befitting reply to all those who thought that Salman Khan can only act in a senseless no brainer. This film has sense and Salman does complete justice to it. As choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant rightly puts it, Salman just standing in front of the camera is more than a job done. His style, dialogue delivery is something else, beyond comparisons. He was nowhere OTT like in his earlier films and pulled off a serious character really well. Yes, a few elements, of him removing his shirt and being extraordinarily powerful are added, but hey at the end of the day, it’s a Masala Hindi flick and that too has Salman Khan’s name associated with it. Kabir Khan’s sensibilities, though do cover these elements to a large extent.
Katrina Kaif fans are in for a treat as the lady is seen doing some mind boggling action stunts. She mesmerises and acts well. So we are talking about more than just good looks here. Ranvir Shorey makes an impact in his short yet powerful performance. Rest of the supporting cast does their job well.
Music of the film is not extra ordinary with only ‘Mashallah’ standing out. Cinematography is above average and the film is styled in a fancy manner. The action sequences choreographed are interesting and so are the dialogues. The pace does get a little slow prior to the intermission but the suspense takes over at just the right time.
Now, this Yash Raj and Salman Khan Amalgamation sure calls for celebration and cherry on the top will be the box office figures that are inevitable.
★ Review: Ek Tha Tiger 3.5/5
More often than not, critiquing a Salman Khan starrer is like casting stones at an armoured combat vehicle. No matter how hard one tries to make a dent, it is doomed to be an exercise in futility. The fortified fighting machine on wheels trundles on regardless.
Ek Tha Tiger poses no such worries. A smartly scripted, crisply edited and stylishly mounted love story cloaked in the garb of an espionage thriller, it makes enough sense for the most part to blow away the air of scepticism.
While it is essentially a genre film designed to carpet bomb the audience with all the known tricks of the crowd-pleasing trade, it distances itself appreciably from the established norms of the action-packed Salman Khan movies that have raked in big bucks in recent years.
Ek Tha Tiger delivers implausible superhero stunts galore. However, its punch lines are kept on a leash and the romantic bonding between the hero and his lady love, which drives much of the film, isn’t allowed to degenerate into treacly kitsch.
But no, that isn’t to suggest that Salman Khan fans would have reason to feel shortchanged. He is his usual swaggering, larger-than-life self in Ek Tha Tiger, performing gravity and death-defying acts while romancing a pretty woman whose love for the stars in the heavens makes her the perfect Yash Raj Films heroine.
Wanted, Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard and now, Ek Tha Tiger – 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.
Acting wise, the superstar delivers no major surprises barring the sustained restraint that he exercises in fleshing out the persona of a tough spy who has no real name until it is revealed right at the end of the film. The role is tailor-made for Salman and he goes through the motions without missing a trick.
He is aided, of course, by the no-nonsense screenplay (jointly authored by director Kabir Khan and journalist-turned-lyricist Neelesh Misra). The believable twists and turns that it throws up all the way through to the end keep the pot on the boil even when the heat threatens to dip.
The action sequences, shot on locations as far apart as Zakho in northern Iraq, Istanbul Dublin and Havana, are invested with a high cool quotient. Ek Tha Tiger has stunts that come close to taking your breath away. It’s a Salman Khan vehicle after all.
Filmed on locations around the world, including parts of the world where Hindi cinema has rarely been to before, the story zeroes in on a RAW agent called Tiger who is sent to Dublin to investigate the mysterious ways of an anti-missile technology expert of Indian origin, Professor Anwar Jamal Kidwai (Roshan Seth in a cameo).
The scientist is suspected of passing on classified information to the Pakistani defence establishment. So the Indian spy befriends the part-time caretaker of his home, Zoya (Katrina Kaif) and his pugnacious pug (the dog is called Rocket).
No mission is impossible for our man Tiger, and once he marks out his territory and goes in for the kill, his foes, no matter how wily they are, end up in body bags.
However, in this tale of a valiant spy and his all-out war to save the woman he loves from the intelligence agencies of two nations, the outcome isn’t wholly predictable. The hero takes uncharted detours to get to his eventual goal.
With Katrina Kaif paired with Salman for the first time since the debacle of 2008’s Yuvraaj, the romantic track is given substantial footage in Ek Tha Tiger.
When the spy struggles with the conflict between head and heart and weighs the pros and cons of falling in love with a girl as shadowy as him, the film tends to slow down a little. But such scenes are few and far between.
The narrative gets back into the swing of things quickly enough thanks to the sharply focussed screenplay.
With actors like Girish Karnad (as the RAW chief) and Ranvir Shorey (as Tiger’s trusted operational aide) in the supporting cast, the Ek Tha Tiger gallery of characters rarely gets swamped out of the picture by the starry mannerisms of the male lead.
Ek Tha Tiger isn’t what one whould rate as great cinema, but it isn’t just harmless fun. The pacifist message dovetailed into its core lends the film a far greater degree of relevance than Bollywood spy thrillers generally strive for.
I am going with three and a half stars. Ek Tha Tiger has enough zing, visual and otherwise, to keep you in your seats for its runtime of a little over two hours.
★ Ek Tha Tiger — an action extravaganza !
Film: Ek Tha Tiger
Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey
Rating: *** 1/2
The action is riveting, the stunts breathtaking and the plot racy. In the midst of it all is Salman Khan, Hindi cinema’s poster boy for escapist entertainment. After having acted in some good, bad and terrible films for over two decades, Salman Khan’s Chulbul Pandey regaled masses in Dabangg, Abhinav Kashyap’s quirky take on the masala genre. This was soon after Wanted brought audiences back to single screen cinemas.
Since then, it’s been one monstrous hit after another, including films that had little going for themselves other than the not-so-towering presence of Khan. Most of these — Wanted first, and then Ready and Bodyguard — have been poorly written, are haphazardly put together and have more or less followed a simple formula — piggyback on the ‘bhai’ persona, and play to the gallery.
Ek Tha Tiger is similar in some ways — it’s a film that presents Salman as a larger-than-life, superhero-esque secret agent. There’s action, music and a plot that is tailored to satiate Khan fans looking to get off on his antics.
But, surprise surprise. Director Kabir Khan doesn’t leave things to the Salman factor alone. He banks on it, no doubt, with his film exploiting the actor’s persona to the hilt, but makes sure he makes it a spectacle of it. “I’ll show you how to do it” - his film arrogantly seems to be telling filmmakers chasing multiple crore figures and box office records. There’s style, there’s slickness, and there’s an ingredient almost entirely missing from most other Salman films - wit.
Tiger’s a RAW agent - the best there is. The film opens with a well put-together action sequence shot on the outskirts of Iraq. Tiger kills a bunch of agents after bumping off one of his own men, who defected to Pakistan’s ISI.
Back home, he’s yearning to go back on another mission. He’s assigned to follow acclaimed science expert Professor Kidwai in Dublin, believed to be sharing nuclear secrets with Pakistan. There, Tiger meets Zoya and the expected happens. The two fall in love. But the revelation of Zoya’s true identity throws things out of gear. Can a spy afford romance? And what if the person might be the enemy?
The narrative is linear. Kabir Khan keeps the storytelling simple and the runtime short. The film, if anything, gets over before you expect it to. Designed to be a two hour-long adrenaline rush, Ek Tha Tiger doesn’t pause for breath. There’s very little excess, almost not a single scene out-of-place and the editing watertight. The first half is mostly driven by humour and romance, the scenes between Tiger and Zoya setting up the explosive action that follows.
Hindi cinema’s tryst with the spy genre has been scattered. Dharmendra’s Aankhen, Jeetendra’s Farz, Mithun Chakraborthsy’s Surakshaa and the Mahender Sandhu-starrer Agent Vinod all met with varied success, before Sridhar Raghavan’s tongue-in-cheek take on the latter earlier this year. All of them had ‘khufiya agents’, ‘dushman-e-mulk’ and double crossing femme fatales.
Where Ek Tha Tiger works is the balancing act - it’s a full-blown Hindi film, with desh prem, farz and mohabbat all a part of the recipe. But Kabir Khan treats the film like a stylised Hollywood thriller, never getting into graver issues, but using the set-up as a tool to regale. His plot takes the characters to some of the most exotic locales around the world ala James Bond, each of them woven into the screenplay. Ireland is where Tiger and Zoya meet, before reuniting in Turkey and then taking off to Cuba.
A spectacularly put together action sequence in Havana - probably the best you have seen in a Hindi film - is enough to get back your money’s worth. Expertly choreographed and stylishly executed, it delights you with its clever stunts as much as it does with humour. Sample this: Having landed in a house inhabited by an old couple in-between a chase sequence, Tiger struggles to open the exit door to the apartment. The old man calmly gets up, and opens the latch to let Tiger and Zoya out.
Ek Tha Tiger, at the end of the day, is an out-and-out Salman Khan film. But it’s the rare well-made one. It’s escapist, but it has style. Go watch.
★ Ek Tha Tiger review: Snappy, snazzy & substantial action!
Ek Tha Tiger is an action-packed adventure with an endearing Salman and a roaring Kat, writes Sukanya Verma.
With Wanted, Ready and Bodyguard, Salman Khan [ Images ] did cheesy with such marvelous flair that even though these films are nowhere near quality line, ‘stupidity sells’ became the new mantra at the box office.
No, I am not a Bhaihater or a Bhaitard, colourful expressions recently invented to describe one’s derision or devotion to the actor, addressed so with alarming familiarity, whether in affection or sarcasm. (Please note how I’ve NOT mentioned Dabanng along with the afore-mentioned poppycock because it was genuinely entertaining. Heck, it was one of my favourite films of the year.)
My point is that we’ve gotten so habituated to the commitments and ehsaans, the raggedy humour and the implausible heroics written specifically to reinforce the larger-than-life presence of the superstar that we have started to expect JUST that.
So here’s the good news. Ek Tha Tiger demolishes this mindset with such unhurried relish it will take me one more viewing to believe it’s actually happening.
While exceptional in this regard, ETT isn’t always brimming with bright logic. It has its share of loopholes, convenient bending and tweaking of a hazy script packed with diplomatic protocol inaccuracies, which dumps characters and introduces new ones at its whim and will. But that is a compromise you’re willing to make for a film that doesn’t test your nerves or provoke Salman’s shirt to tear up like a Hulk cartoon.
It’s not like he doesn’t do his shtick. There’s a reason why people queue up as early as 9am to watch a Salman outing wherein the basic purpose is whistling till one’s mouth hurts.
As it happens, a deafening amount takes over the hall’s space when Salman’s Tiger makes a thundering entry into the frame that juggles an imagery of a swaggering silhouette standing at a vantage point of a remote corner in the Middle East, a vigorous kick landing straight into a trembling jaw, a slowmo drizzle of cigarettes and ashes and a Super Salman baritone shooting his first fine words, ‘Kutton ki tarah haanf raha hai. Kitni cigarette peeta hai?’
Despite the outrageous scenario, something tells you, this won’t be your regular Salman fare. But it takes a while before it’s confirmed. All you need to know is Salman Khan plays an intelligence officer in Kabir Khan’s swank spy thriller cum romance that travels to various exotic destinations from Ireland and Cuba to Turkey and Iraq.
While it could certainly do with a bit of edge, Ek Tha Tiger appears content to play out as a linear Agent Vinod meets Veer Zaara meets Mr and Mrs Smith where the priority is to present Salman a bit more uniquely than we are accustomed to.
Sure, he does a lot of crazy stuff and stops a rushing tram from colliding into active traffic with the help of his blazer but he’s no longer the smug hero with a corny catchphrase. He’s just a secret agent who’s incredibly good at what he does and has enough humour in him to acknowledge, ‘Tiger toh kutte ka naam hota hai.’ And so this time it’s his refusal to be selfless and a defiance to be tamed that makes the new, decidedly improved Salman endearing. Also, boy can he work a beard?
Triggering this realisation within Tiger is Katrina Kaif’s [ Images ] Zoya, the breezy pug-sitter with a friendly smile and some badass moves. If only things would progress as quickly for the pace nosedives enormously once Tiger and Zoye begin to hang out, it is hard to forgive the sluggish screenplay and mediocre songs towards the middle. Even their interactions, though not dreary could do with a lot more salt. The humour in their talk is sometimes so subtle; it’s no longer humour.
It’s been a recurring issue in all of Kabir Khan’s films, they look terrific, fairly sensible but fail to make any real emotional connect. Nevertheless, Katrina and Salman look good together even if the latter appears slightly aloof for a character rather ambitious in his romance. Perhaps director Khan purposely downplays it, worrying it would interfere with the action.
Wait a minute. Did I say action? That’s my favourite part. It’s precisely what the romance fails to be — snappy, snazzy, and substantial. Especially the Katrina bits, the Kat roars. Salman is expectedly familiar/splendid with/at the drill and lends the Tiger every possible wow factor (of course, he drops his shirt) but it’s his leading lady’s nimble accomplishments that took me by surprise. Wish there was more of it, especially towards the midpoint.
Having said that, Ek Tha Tiger has a lot going for it with its two certified stars no one will contract an eyesore looking at and a supporting cast (Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad) that never lets you down along with plush production values typical to a Yash Raj product.
And while I was hoping to find a lot more to whistle, I cannot thank Kabir Khan enough to get rid of the Dhinka Chika phase.
Nababnita | August 10, 2012
Superstar Salman Khan’s upcoming action movie Ek Tha Tiger is all set to release on August 15. There have been much hype surrounding Ek Tha Tiger. Not only that the film is expected to become a blockbuster, but it is also expected to prove the unthinkable at the Box Office by crossing the 200 crore mark. Now, let’s talk about a few lesser known facts about the film:
1) Ek Tha Tiger will be Salman Khan’s first movie under the Yash Raj banner.
2) The moviewas earlier offered to Yash Raj’s favourite Shahrukh Khan. Aditya Chopra had approached Shahrukh first for the movie. But, later the film’s script suited Salman Khan more than SRK.
3) ETT will get the touch of Hollywood action. Hollywood action director Conrad Palmisano had trained Salman and Katrina Kaif to do some daredevil stunts for the film. Salman will show off his Parkour skills in the movie.
4) Kabir Khan had recently revealed one of the action scenes in Ek Tha Tiger, where Sallu is shown all beaten up. Interestingly, the sequence turned out to be perfect as Salman was in real pain (as he is suffering from nerve disorder problem) while doing it. Hence, Kabir Khan and team were fortunate enough to get some genuine expressions that shows the actor in deep pain.
5) ETT will be Salman, Katrina’s first movie after their alleged break up. The last movie that they had done together was Yuvraj.
6) The movie is the most expensive film ever made by the YRF banner with a budget estimated by film trade analysts at Rs 70-80 crore.
7) Salman had made a record by scoring century in his last three movies. As per predictions, if ETT too manages to register its name in the powerful 100 crore club, Salman is for sure to make a history in Bollywood.
8) Ek Tha Tiger will be Salman Khan’s fourth consecutive Eid release after Wanted, Dabangg and Bodyguard.
9) There are high chances that Ek Tha Tiger might break Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots’ Box Office record of Rs 385 crore.
10) Salman Khan plays the role of a spy in the film, which is very different and ‘unpredictable’, as revealed by the actor himself. Hence, this unpredictable character of Sallu will raise the public curiosity to know more about him.