I have been keenly following Salman Khan since his comeback to glory with Dabangg in 2010. Sallu bhai churned out 2 more super hits in 2011 with Ready and Bodyguard. And his likeability is just increasing with each flick. So, I had tremendous expectations from ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. I was looking forward to an out an out commercial entertainer with typical Sallu charm in every frame of the movie, some awesome action sequences, good comedy and a few catchy songs. And Ek Tha Tiger delivered the package perfectly!
Salman Khan is the ‘jaan’ of the movie. He looks amazing! Even better than in Dabangg, Ready or Bodyguard. I really liked his dead-pan comedy although at times his dialogue delivery comes across as too flat and emotionless. Dancing is not really Salman’s forte, but his moves in ‘Mashallah’ and ‘Banjara’ songs are entertaining in a very different sense. They really make you chuckle. As usual, he excels in all the action sequences.
Speaking of action, I quite enjoyed Katrina Kaif’s fight scenes as well. She looks gorgeous, but her Hindi and her acting are still very awkward. Good that she didn’t have to emote much in the film.
The story is nothing novel to write about. In a nutshell, it is the love story of two spies, one from India (Salman as Tiger) and the other from Pakistan (Katrina as Zoya), and how they try to beat both RAW (Indian intelligence) and ISI (Pakistani intelligence) in order to break free and live happily ever after.
While the story and screenplay are not very strong, it’s the fast pace of events and beautiful cinematography that keep you stuck to the chair. Many beautiful locales in Ireland, Istanbul and Cuba add to the visual appeal of the film.
It’s worth mentioning the performances of Ranvir Shorey (as Gopi, Tiger’s colleague) and Girish Karnad (as Shenoy, Tiger’s boss). They do complete justice to their roles.
Music by Sohail Sen and Sajid-Wajid is catchy and hummable. My personal favorite is ‘Mashallah’. The other numbers are ‘Banjara’, ‘Laapata’ and ‘Saiyaara’.
All in all, Ek Tha Tiger is a ‘time-pass’ entertainer! No wonder it’s close to earning Rs. 200 crores!