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Aug 162012
 




By Naveen

(Note from SI on why we have two reviews for Ek Tha Tiger: Naveen’s review presents a different perspective of the movie from NRI actor Sonny Chatrath’s uplifting take on the film. The two writers come from different directions. For Naveen, a movie is more than just a movie – It’s a reflection of the nation’s psyche, scars and its history. As an actor, Sonny views a 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. SI has no preferences on the two reviews.)

Yash Raj Films (YRF) and Salman Khan must think India is a nation of born losers.

Why else would YRF release this unpatriotic movie directed by Kabir Khan on the Indian Independence Day?

…and know what?

Indians are going to respond with a “Hell Yeah!” in unison by making this movie a big hit and reaffirm Sallu Baba’s numero uno status in Bollywood.

The last Salman Khan movie I saw on the big screen was “Karan Arjun” and that was a couple of decades ago.

I maintained a clean record of avoiding his movies until today when I decided to check out if Salman Khan is a Tiger or its more common family member, Pussy.

To my surprise there were not more than 20 people for the 10:45 pm show.

Was it because it was the middle of the week?

Was it because people wanted to wake up early and hunt down Aamir Khan and Abhishek Bachchan who are shooting for Dhoom 3 in Downtown Chicago?

Or have they finally given up on Salman Khan?

It is safe to say it’s not the last one.

Bollywood Star Salman Khan in Ek Tha Tiger

Story

Tiger (Salman Khan) is a Secret Agent working for RAW, India’s intelligence agency.

He has been on deadly missions continuously for 12 years and still thirsts for more.

Tiger’s boss Shenoy (Girish Karnad) sends him to Dublin on a mission to observe the actions of an Indian Scientist (Roshan Seth) suspected of selling secrets to Pakistan.

Gopi (Ranvir Shorey) is Tiger’s secret aide.

During the mission he meets and falls in love with Zoya (Katrina Kaif), a student and caretaker of the scientist. However, it turns out that Zoya is an ISI Agent from Pakistan and she is stealing secrets from the scientist.

As Tiger decides to follow the heart instead of the head, what follows is a cat and mouse game between Tiger, Zoya, RAW and ISI with incredible twists and turns. This forms the rest of the movie.

The first half of the movie establishes Tiger’s credentials as a heroic secret agent and Tiger-Zoya romance.

The second half is all action.

The plot of scientist selling secrets is abandoned midway. Continue reading »

Aug 152012
 

NRI Film Actor Sonny ChatrathBy Sonny Chatrath

(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.

Salman Khan in Ek Tha Tiger

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). Continue reading »

Aug 132012
 

Tiger? Ha ha ha

In less than 36-hours, Salman ‘Murderer‘ Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger will debut on movie screens worldwide.

Unless there’s a meteor strike on Planet Earth, Ek Tha Tiger will rewrite the box office books in India.

It doesn’t matter one whit whether the movie is a work of art or a numbing piece of trash.

Because the Box Office Gods are smiling on this Bollywood scumbag. :(

The hype machine is in full throttle.

Plus, Indian moviegoers have a well-established reputation for seldom straying from trash.

Ek Tha Tiger?

So what’s Ek Tha Tiger all about?

Best as we can understand Salman Khan plays an Indian secret service RAW agent Tiger sent to London on some kind of observation mission.

RAW suspects an Indian scientist is traitorously hobnobbing with the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI.

Once in London, all hell breaks loose.

Of course, with Tiger on the prowl, what else do ya expect. ;)

There’s a romantic angle featuring that awful British import Katrina Kaif.

The rest, we suppose, is bang-bang-chase-comedy-fight-run-comedy-sing-dance-fight stuff.

Yash Raj Films is the producer and Kabir Khan the director of Ek Tha Tiger (Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad, Ranvir Shorey).

Laapata – My Favorite

The Indian audience has already voted for Mashallah via their clicks on YouTube.

Mashallah has garnered nearly 4.9 million views on the YouTube video channel.

But the song has not appealed to me as much as Laapata with its European flavor.

Mashallah – 4.9m Views

The dancing is awful, Katrina Kaif looks obscenely slutty in the worst possible dance and Salman looks haggard.

But the song is alright.

Sad, that the picturization doesn’t do justice to the song.

And, and, and then the song has “allah” in the lyrics.

That should give Muslims in South Asia and elsewhere an immediate adrenaline boost.

Katrina – Classless, Obscenity Defined

I have watched this Katrina Kaif thingie in several Hindi movies and countless video snippets including the above.

Seldom do I find even in Bollywood one so crude and utterly graceless and classless in movie after movie as this hopeless creature Katrina.

Hell, she makes even Priyanka Chopra seem the epitome of grace!

How this abomination Katrina manages to stay atop the Bollywood ladder boggles the mind.

Well, in Mera Bharat Mahaan anything can happen.

Even Chuhas can turn tigers. ;)