Starring Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Angad Bedi, Paresh Rawal, Kumud Mishra, Anupriya, Pradeep Rawat
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Storyline: Inspired by real events, Tiger Zinda Hai is a sequel to the blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger and an espionage action drama that follows a daring rescue mission in Iraq.
Tiger Zinda Hai Review
I’m an avid consumer of escapist cinema. I like to watch films that are larger than life, a somewhat predictable plotline where at the end, everything turns out alright, and Tiger Zinda Hai is everything that. I don’t want to see a depressing “arty” flick that reflects reality. The majority of the moviegoers wants to see a movie where they can escape reality. And that’s why I have an issue when critics try to bash “masala films”.
Tiger Zinda Hai is everything that you can expect in a Salman Khan movie. Salman playing an extension of himself, grandeur location, a somewhat less logical script, romance, comedy and an elaborately choreographed action sequences. BUT TZH offers you a little bit extra. Tiger Zinda Hai conjoined the master storytelling of Ali Abbas Zafar and the charisma of Salman to reflect magic on the big screen. What I have a major issue with all Bollywood film’s is the “Interval”.
Indian films are only ones in the world to have intervals. Now what intervals do is that it break’s the narrative. The first half may be very great but it halts at a certain point and then resumed the director has the pressure of delivering another high point continuously to draw the audience back into the narrative. And this is Bollywood’s Achilles heel. But TZH doesn’t need to worry about that as it excels in both halves.
Tiger Zinda Hai Trailer
The only problem is the length – 2.5 hours. The movie could have been crispier in a length just under 2 hours. The acting is the right amount – it’s not overdone except at some places, and the actors look like RAW or ISI agents. A pleasant addition to the franchise was Paresh Rawal. Rawal was exceptional as the double-crossing, money and power hungry shark. Rawal lights up the scene with his presence and he delivers my favourite laugh out moment in the movie “yeh bhabhi hai?” Sajjad Delafrooz as Abu Usman gives you the chills – there is a certain amount of intrigue and fear in his characterization of a cold-blooded terrorist.
Other actors too play their part fittingly well. While I feel the movie could have left out the only song in the narrative, I do understand the need for it – to set up the plot. The action sequences will leave you craving for more. TZH out and out is the “it” movie of the year that you had been waiting for. I found it delightful and captivating. The movie has all the right elements of a blockbuster in the making. Do watch it, you’ll get your money’s worth.