Ek Tha Tiger Review

It’s undoubtedly the biggest release of the year. The craze prior to release, the mad-rush for tickets, with theatres overcrowded with people – is something that we have never witnessed for any film before. The very fact that Salman Khan, the biggest box-office draw in India today, is teaming up with Katrina Kaif (who has a massive following of her own) and Yashraj Films, is the reason behind all the hype and excitement.

But what about the film’s content? Salman’s last two films, have set the box-office on fire, but quality-wise it’s been disappointing. Prior to release, director Kabir Khan promised a film that will go way beyond the initial weekend – ‘content will take the film a long way’ he said at a press conference.

Is Ek Tha Tiger worth a watch? Ek Tha Tiger Review below..

Story: Ek Tha Tiger is about a Indian RAW Agent codenamed Tiger (Salman Khan). He is on a mission to track down a professor, who is suspected of selling secret missile technology to Pakistan. Here, Tiger falls in love for the first time, with a beautiful young girl Zoya (Katrina Kaif). What happens next? Is it all about love for Tiger or will he fulfil the task on hand? Watch Ek Tha Tiger to find out.

Ek Tha Tiger Review

What works for Ek Tha Tiger

  • The film starts off very well, Salman’s introduction scene is something to watch out for. Director Kabir Khan has handled the love story beautifully, the moments that Zoya and Tiger share – their chemistry, innocence and banter – is a treat to watch.
  • 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.
  • The USP of the film is undoubtedly Salman Khan. Ek Tha Tiger is a celebration of Khan’s charisma and sheer larger-than-life presence. It’s also his best performance since Dabangg. He is in every frame – from start to finish – and does well in both action and romantic scenes.
  • Katrina Kaif is gorgeous. What do we say? It’s hard to take your eyes off her. Her expressions are slightly ‘blankish’ in the second half, but overall she does well. Her costumes are beautiful and she carries them off with grace and elegance. Don’t miss the ‘Mashallah’ song during the closing credits.
  • The music (Sohail Sen, Sajid-Wajid) is good – Saaiyaara, Laapata, Banjaara are all beautifully picturised. The cinematography is fantastic (Aseem Mishra).

What doesn’t work for Ek Tha Tiger (Negatives)

  • 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.
  • Even though the runtime is short (134 minutes), the pace is sluggish in the second half. The plot is stretched way too long – there is nothing in the second half  apart from chase sequences, with Zoya and Tiger always on the run.

Overall, Ek Tha Tiger is for Salman Khan fans. It has good music, lovely chemistry between the lead couple, mass-pleasing action sequences and they squeeze in a topless scene for Salman too.

As for the rest, it’s neither a intelligent film nor does it provide the necessary ‘thrill’. The story, eventually, turned out to be the biggest disappointment.

Rating: ★★½☆☆



  • Very disappoint after saw this film . Whether went to see this film with huge buzz . No creativity , totally a mix copied film

  • @aki ett is same as that happened to ra.one both films have not good script and we all know script is the biggest star of a movie

  • d thing salman fans need to understand is that b.o collections and critic review are two different things!!! even d muvy is lauded by critics ppl lyk u will go to watch d muvy neways( dnt knw why though) so chill

  • movie is disaster…………….
    same old story wit salman’s overacting…….
    some scenes r brilliantly shot….
    2.5 out of 5…….
    Urs $uperstar,

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • There should be a punisment rule for doing false marketing about a movie . Because it is a cheating with the audience

  • Who are saying it is disappointing they are biggest loosers including this indicine too. It early said if Ek Tha Tiger will earns 120cr then it will be above average becuase its cost are high. But all we know there are a lot movies did 106cr to 115 cr which costs were high even than ek tha tiger but only this site shows they are hits not above average. Grow up loosers.

  • Salman was good ! But katrina again disappoints me….not a good acting at all….no expressions after secong half….for what reason she was in the film i can’t understand ? for salma it’s THUBS UP ! for Katrina it’s THUMBS DOWN !! the rating for me is 3/5

  • it will also have some losses around 2 crores,because theatres,multiplexes are shut down in marathwada area,due to death of honarary.vilasrao deshmukh.

  • 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.


  • I think due to understand such a weak story after half of the shooting katrina kaif was lost her interest . So at the 2nd half she is seen with no expression

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