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Ek Tha Tiger Review

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Indicine | Indicine Team

The action sequences are brilliantly shot. The first one on the train, while a bit over-the-top, works purely because of Salman Khan. There are plenty of chase sequences which finally culminates in the climax, where Salman jumps straight from a bike onto a plane! It’s the same old stuff though, every bullet that Tiger fires hits the target. The villains, unfortunately, left their contact-lenses back at home.

No logic behind the storyline or scenes: Your left with a lot of unanswered questions towards the end of the film – (possible spoilers, don’t read if you haven’t watched the film) why does the RAW suddenly decide to help Tiger towards the end? What is Zoya really after? Why is the ISI so casual and ever-so-forgiving towards her? The professor’s character is shut out completely after the first half. The script has a lot of loop-holes and the twists and turns don’t work.

50

Average Movie
 
 

Critics Reviews

 
Koimoi | Roshni Devi

Aditya Chopra’s story smartly mixes a spy thriller with a love story which is sort of exciting. Kabir Khan and Neelesh Misra’s script has its share of flaws. The story of the scientist in the first half shows Tiger quite inept as a spy and isn’t even given a proper conclusion.

Salman Khan is good as Tiger except that his expressions can seem a bit blank at times. Katrina Kaif is lovely as Zoya and smoothly carries off her bubbly and emotional scenes.

Kabir Khan’s direction is well done though he does make Salman Khan’s Tiger more superhero than spy. Ek Tha Tiger might seem a bit long in between, but once the action starts, it gets on track. Julius Packiam’s background score is alright. Sohail Sen and Sajid-Wajid’s songs are good.

60

Recommended
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Mayank Shekhar

For one, the sensible, sorted director’s ensured the film has a script. Though only Aditya Chopra (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Rab Ne Banadi Jodi), the credited story writer, could be behind a deeply romantic idea of two secret service agents of rival countries falling desperately in love. One’s from the ISI (Pakistan’s Inter-services Intelligence), the other from RAW (India’s Research And Analysis wing). The heroine looks comfortable in her skin, is gorgeous. The hero is well, after all, the hero. Both, dressed well, profess love under the backdrop of three striking cities: Dublin, Istanbul and Havana. Locations are lovely. Cross-border romance is compelling enough. Chemistry works. You can tell Yashraj, the producers of this film, are trying to merge some of their non-resident South Asian audiences abroad, with Salman Khan's “single screen” viewers back in India. Neither might be disappointed.

60

Recommended
 
 
Indiaglitz | Joginder Tuteja

There are spurts of adrenalin rush that do come in (especially the extended sequence in the climax) but then these too turn out to be set pieces than the kind that actually make you look at the film as one intriguing affair that was expected from Kabir Khan.

The biggest hurdle that one finds in the entire exercise is the fact that what was expected to be a fusion of good sensibilities (Kabir Khan) and mass offering (Salman Khan) is diluted instead of getting enhanced in 'Ek Tha Tiger'. One can sense that neither of the two could actually go all the way in bringing out their best.

As for Katrina Kaif, she has a large presence in the film and does well in the light hearted scenes as well. In fact her on-screen chemistry with Salman is good too. However one wouldn't term this either as a performance oriented role per se as action takes over the entire second half.

50

Average Movie
 
 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

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.

70

Recommended
 
 
DNA India | Aniruddha Guha

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.

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.

70

Recommended
 
 
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

Kabir Khan's direction is thoughtful, focused and never goes off-track. In fact, EK THA TIGER takes the detective genre in Hindi movies to a fresh altitude. Besides, Kabir and co-writer Neelesh Mishra open the cards gradually and the highpoint is the interval point when Salman unravels something shocking. Post interval, the film throws one surprise after another and it reaches its crescendo in the concluding stages, with the climax making a solid impression.

90

Recommended
 
 
Bollywood Life | Keyrun Rao

Kabir Khan manages to blend the painstakingly researched style of his documentary films with the elements of commercial masala fare and that is perhaps his biggest achievement in Ek Tha Tiger. The song and dance doesn’t look forced and the dialogue written by Neelesh Mishra is witty. One of the initial conversations between Tiger and Zoya in which she tells him that he is old enough to be married, brought the house down. There are many such situations sprinkled through the film.

80

Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Sukanya Verma

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 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.

60

Recommended
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Aparajita Ghosh

Ek Tha Tiger may not be as superb as cracked up to be, but it’s surely a one-time watch film. Salman Khan is a bit out of sorts and doesn’t throw himself fully into his role, but let’s not forget that he filmed Ek Tha Tiger right after his surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia and was in pain throughout the shoot. Katrina Kaif looks darn pretty and acts well in a few sequences, particularly the ones involving her shedding tears.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Yahoo | Kunal Guha

This film seems to be director Kabir Khan's ultimate fantasy to script a desi Bond flick (like Tezz). Sadly, forcing a love story in it makes this concoction too lethal to consume. The chase sequences have been choreographed with meticulous detailing of parkour stunts. But this fails to have an impact as Salman only manages to jog clumsily and his unenthusiastic baby steps are followed by Olympian leaps across buildings. Aseem Mishra's cinematography does justice to the yellow outdoors of Cuba and makes Iraq seem just enough dusty to be believable.  But stereotyping locations also means tacky and predictable visuals. Turkey: Blue Mosque, Cuba: montage of people puffing cigars and hip swaying to Rumba. It's like the script writer was inspired by a tourist brochure.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

Kabir Khan's EK THA TIGER by no means is any patch on the director's earlier work, NEW YORK. But with the Tiger in his den, Kabir manages to weave action with emotion to dish out an entertaining fare. What works for the movie are its action and the Salman-Katrina jodi. Music is an irritant that was not required. In fact, when they break into the first song almost 45 minutes into the movie, it's like an afterthought (chalo ab ek gaana dalte hain). It slackens whatever momentum was gathered up until this stage. The only song that has any spunk comes on after the end titles begin to roll.

100

Recommended
 
 
Film Tadka | Janhavi Patel

Salman Khan does more than play himself and endears himself to the audience in a role tailor-made for him. He is at ease in the emotional and action scenes. He clearly had a ball shooting the movie and he knew what he was doing. Some of his indulgent inputs are evident. Yes, he shows off his six-pack in a forced t-shirt changing scene. He is restrained and complements Katrina’s character. Their chemistry hasn’t been better. Her acting is decent and the girl can kick butt! Most probably, a body double was used in the action scenes but Katrina looks very comfortable doing them. Needless to say, she looks pretty as a picture. Ranvir Shorey and Girish Karnad lead the able supporting cast.

70

Recommended
 
 
Wogma | Meetu

But hey, what do you need any of that for when you have two of the best-looking people in the industry filling every frame of the screen. Interestingly, Ek Tha Tiger, unlike most Salman films or even action films, gives the lead lady a lot to play with and a lot more screen time. A welcome change, however wasted it might have been rendered by Katrina Kaif’s emotionless, heavily made up, facial muscles - almost as if she was directed to match Salman’s attempt at acting.

The action too is more or less lackluster, except for the chase sequence in the climax. Seeing a woman in a Hindi film do cat-like moves is entertaining, alright. But, of course, they had to go ahead and spoil it by some awful use of what looks like green screen and shoddy post-production work.

35

Not Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

Director -producer Aditya Chopra takes over the mantle of story-writing and puts on the table romance in a very hopeless scenario and director Kabir Khan laps it up with his screenplay and penchant for exploring the unseen locations. So you have Tiger tracing through Iraq, Dublin, Istanbul, Havana amongst others. Their writer-director's teaming however falters in bringing out the novelty factor in the story and easily slips into a predictable domain. Most of the twists and turns in the film can easily be guessed almost 3-4 scenes before they actually happen. Even the climax is very conventional. Moreover, the film proceeds very much on the lines of Hollywood film Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

60

Recommended
 
 
DNA India | Blessy Chettiar

Ek Tha Tiger is an action lover’s paradise. Seconds into the film, when you’ve not even settled well in your seat, there’s cigarette ash settling down on screen in slow motion. Tiger has just thrown his first kick, a signal of his arrival. Not to mention the theatre erupts in applause and mirth seeing their favourite Bhai in his element. Many kicks, jumps, punches and gun shots follow in a soiled, yet beautifully shot Iraq. When Tiger isn’t travelling, he’s busy making neighbours jealous and suspicious of his profession. Then he punches some more so we know all’s well with the world.

60

Recommended
 
 
Bollyspice | Shalu Dhyani

Ek Tha Tiger is a film that had everything going for it – two biggest stars, high production values, immense hype, but once again the lack of a good script brought a potentially good film down. This Tiger doesn’t quite manage to roar.

35

Not Recommended
 
 
Sify | Sonia Chopra

Director Kabir Khan, deviates from the trend of making content-heavy films to come up with one that’s light and airy. The film’s simplicity (the story can be capsuled in a single sentence), is refreshing and that is its biggest strength. It is to the credit of the makers, that they’ve kept the lines clean, and not gotten into self-indulgent sub-plots and a plethora of extraneous characters. Neither does it fall into the item-number trap that many commercial “family films” fall into.

70

Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Raja Sen

And yet, not so much. Director Kabir Khan scales down the ambition as he aims for a safe mainstream middle-ground in his Ek Tha Tiger, a spy-thriller which takes a while to get boiling but eventually crackles along quite effectively. That other Khan -- the one whose name is enough to give distributors orgasms and make trade analysts hunt out new hyperbolic adjectives -- does his bit and does it well. In a film industry which has trouble keeping secret agents anything but laughable, Salman out-Dons Shah Rukh and out-Agents Saif. He's not quite Ethan Hunt, but -- as we see when he hangs nonchalantly from a well-cut blazer on the top of a runaway tram -- he's something all right.

60

Recommended
 
 
Zeenews | Gayatri Sankar

After an incredible ‘Kabul Express’ and somewhat gritty `New York`, a masala entertainer like ETT wasn’t expected from director Kabir Khan. Yash Raj Films has certainly spent a whopping amount on the exotic locations that are a treat to watch but haven’t helped the film gain a cult status.

However, the film does have superbly directed action sequences, foot-tapping songs by Sohail Sen and Sajid-Wajid, and a tinge of Salman Khan`s special comedy that does make you cheer.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
IBNLive | Rajeev Masand

Salman Khan's performance in 'Ek Tha Tiger' is moody at best. He jumps into the action scenes whole-heartedly but seems lost in the film's dramatic portions, looking subdued even, like the birthday boy who's having no fun at his own party. The romance between him at Katrina Kaif is sweet, but almost awkward – this film could have done with a little more passion between its leads. Katrina, faced with a fair bit of action herself, commits herself to the role, but her character has a cardboardish edge.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Hindustan Times | Anupama Chopra

Director and co-writer Kabir Khan takes the larger-than-life Salman Khan persona and wraps it in an engaging story that services it. Of course it’s played out like a comic book but if you’re willing to suspend disbelief there’s fun to be had.

But the screenplay by Kabir and Neelesh Misra requires Salman to emote and play a character. Thankfully, he makes an effort. Of course, he is always in invincible hulk mode -- yes, there is a brief shot of him taking his shirt off -- but there is also sweetness and a touch of vulnerability, especially when he first meets Zoya.

60

Recommended
 
 
Mid-Day India | Janhavi Samant

Salman mostly sleepwalks through the entire film. The stunt man's omnipresent and the computer graphics to cover him up are really shoddy. What do you think a fan won't be able to tell it isn't Salman's back?

 What's also surprising is the complete lack of chemistry between him and Katrina. Strangely, they are almost avuncular and hardly have any intimate scenes or dialogues together. Girish Karnad talks with some indistinguishable accent while Ranvir Shorey manages to draw a few laughs.

 While Ek Tha Tiger doesn't stoop to the level of Ready or Bodyguard, this film is definitely not Dabang or Wanted material either. We all know that Salman's persona itself is part of the narrative of his films. His dry wit and one-liners almost always redeem the film. Well, not this one. There's simply not enough of Salman in Ek Tha Tiger. But yes, Salman does have a sexy butt.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Filmfare | Rachit Gupta

But there are three aspects of Ek Tha Tiger that impress more than its lead man. The first and perhaps the most important is its leading lady Katrina Kaif. That she looks like a zillion bucks is a given, but that she’s aced the physically-demanding stunts with ease is quite a jaw dropping revelation. As she matches Salman’s action prowess pound to pound and punch to punch, she looks like India’s answer to Lara Croft. She holds her own in moments of drama too. But credit also goes to Julius Packiam’s background score that adds emotional depth to every key scene. That is Ek Tha Tiger’s masterstroke. The film also maintains a respectable level of continuity.

Kabir Khan’s eye for detail shows as he uses random developments in scenes as plot points and narrative tools in later scenes. For example, (Spoiler alert) while romancing in Cuba, Salman and Katrina learn to hop onto the side of a bus and ride it too. This particular technique helps them escape a predicament in a later scene. The film is full of such developments, which add to the story’s experience.

80

Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | Meena Iyer

Kabir Khan's movies—Kabul Express; New York, Ek Tha Tiger start with the similar sepia-toned skyline montages of what could be Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq; strife-ridden country associated with extremists. In ETT, the montages pass quickly. A voice-over tells you of how Governments fight shadow battles of espionage and intrigue with faceless agents.

70

Recommended
 
 

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