(Note from SI on why we have two reviews for Ek Tha Tiger: NRI actor Sonny Chatrath’s uplifting review presents a different perspective from Naveen’s take on the film. The two writers come from different directions. As an actor, Sonny views the movie from an entertainer’s ‘don’t over-analyze’ perspective – A movie is just a movie where you go to have a good time in the company of friends and family. For Naveen, a movie is more than just a movie. It’s a reflection of the nation’s psyche, scars and its history. SI has no preferences on the two reviews.)
Whenever we think of Sallu Bhai, the first thing that comes to mind is the shirt coming off, and some weird one liners, such as “Itne Ched Karoonga Ki Confuse Ho Jaoge Ke Saans Kahan Se Len Aus ……….”
But Ek Tha Tiger was a class apart.
I can comfortably say that I see this becoming a big hit because of our beloved Sallu Bhai.
Ek Tha Tiger is about Tiger (Salman Khan), who is a RAW agent, not uncooked, but Research, and Analysis Wing for those who are wondering what the heck is a RAW agent.
But this agent is different, instead of working behind the scenes like Jason Bourne, or James Bond, he is flamboyant.
He sings in the streets, and fights the baddies in the middle of town for one, and all to see.
Tiger is sent to Dublin to keep an eye on an Indian Scientist, who is suspected of leaking top secret documents to the enemy (Pakistan).
I do feel we should find another enemy now, Pakistan is so 18th Century now. He meets a charming ISI Agent Zoya (Katrina Kaif), and falls in love with her at first sight (This part sounds familiar).
The rest is a roller coaster ride of a story that takes you to multiple countries across the globe, while keeping you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
I highly recommend this movie, for the over the top action sequences, and one of the hottest Indian Actresses, and the beautiful locations, Dublin, Iraq, Turkey, and Cuba.
The story is not perfect, but who cares right?
This is a Salman Khan movie, and people wait a whole year for him to come up with a block-buster on Eid every year.
I must admit, Sallu, and Katrina still look good together, but our Sallu baba is Jinxed. He can’t seem to hold on to his women.
Another remarkable thing was, there were no kisses at all even though the on screen chemistry was great.
The supporting cast of Ek Tha Tiger was equally good.
Girish Karnad plays Tiger’s Boss Mr. Shenoy.
As Tiger’s partner Gopi, Ranvir Shorey switched from adorable to deadly with ease.
Roshan Seth did a fairly decent job as the mad scientist.
The ISI Agents were well cast as well.
The music of Ek Tha Tiger has been well composed.
Mashaalla seems to be the best song of the film, Banjara is a filler, Jaaniya is a melodious ballad, Laapata is also nice.
The nice thing about these songs is that most of them have been performed by some of the finest singers in Bollywood.
Music has been composed by Sajid-Wajid, and Wajid is one of the singers in Mashalla.
Go for It
My advise is to not take the story too literally, because the director has taken a lot of cinematic liberty, and it shows.
But since the movie is clean, it is for the whole family, so take bunty, gudiya, daada ji, and daadiji for this one.