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Ek Tha Tiger
By Joginder Tuteja, 5 Nov 2012
User Rating:3
MOVIE DETAILS

Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad
Director: Kabir Khan
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Music: Sohail Sen, Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics: Kausar Munir, Anvita Dutt, Neelesh Misra

THE FILM

Till its release, Ek Tha Tiger had created so much excitement and hype that it was all the more surprising to see a plain average film being offered by the big daddies in the business. With a story that holds your interest only in bits and pieces, action which has far better precedents in quite a few Bollywood films itself (leave aside Hollywood) and performances which are decent, not exceptional, Ek Tha Tiger leaves a lot to be desired.

The prologue is set well though. The action sequence in Iraq, though not out of the world, established Tiger well and you know what this man is capable of. Fair enough. However the film steps into the love story zone once Zoya (Katrina Kaif) comes into his life. That's also acceptable. After all, as confided by Tiger in his partner (Ranvir Shorey), it is important to win the girl's trust for the mission's success. But then for how long in a near two hour film? 10 minutes, perhaps 20 minutes, but not for an entire first half.

However the film veers towards romance, and how! So what we get to see are lake side rendezvous, tryst with the shooting stars, a 'prem kahaani' being developed, a dance or two following and stuff alike. Frankly, all the enthusiasm that had been built after the opening sequence goes downhill and by the time the interval card is flashed, you end up wondering if Ek Tha Tiger would actually come back on track in the second half.

Thankfully it does, well to some extent at the least, as the romantic moments are given a break and action takes over. There are spurts of adrenalin rush that do come in (especially the scene at the airport where Salman-Katrina are in disguise and then also the extended sequence in the climax) but then these too turn out to be set pieces than the kind that actually make you look at the film as one intriguing affair that was expected from Kabir Khan.

While Kabir seems to have kept himself in check and hence not really taken the realistic route right through the narrative (something that was his strength in New York and Kabul Express), even Salman Khan is way too controlled. That's okay; after all it would have been a sacrilege to expect a Dabangg here. However for his loyal audience, there are just a 3-4 spots in the film where he actually entices a nod of approval. What he does well is to be in the character instead of going overboard.

As for Katrina Kaif, she has a large presence in the film and does well in the light hearted scenes as well. In fact her on-screen chemistry with Salman is good too. However one wouldn't term this either as a performance oriented role per se as action takes over the entire second half. As stated earlier, nothing wrong with that but then the edge of the seat impact is missing, especially when one would have expected a film to go one up over the likes of Agent Vinod or Kurbaan (which were again about spies).

The promos pretty much indicated what the story was all about. However don't expect a comma after what was seen so far. Reason being that it is a full stop beyond the promo. You have seen it, you have seen it all. Moreover attempts to bring twists in the tale are way too obvious and on your face that you can see them coming three scenes before they actually happen, leave aside seeing them a moment before. Also, for those expecting a Bourne film in the offering then well, we are far away from that, at least as far as Ek Tha Tiger is concerned.

DURATION

The film's duration is 133 minutes

SPECIAL FEATURES

- Making of the film
- Deleted Scenes
- Music Videos

Special Features are put together in an exclusive DVD while the 'making' is quite classily done as well. While each of the prominent cast and crew members talk about the film, the genesis of the characters and the legends attached with Tiger, one can sense that good justice has been given to the highest grossing film of the year. However one does misses some substantial behind the scenes action that could have been incorporated as well. Yes, there are a few shots of this happening as the segment takes a viewer to different countries live on location. Still, for a film of this scale, one expected a lot more.

The DVD emphasizes on how the makers incorporated tonality of a region while shooting in different countries. Well, while it is indeed commendable, to do something like this is not unique and has been a part of mainstream Bollywood culture since the days of Amitabh Bachchan starrer The Great Gambler which too was shot in various countries and had brought to fore a similar thought process.

The deleted scenes are decent but again not the kind that makes you wonder if a big screen viewing would have been an added bonus. Ditto for the music videos which are a fair inclusion but not quite a must watch.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

- 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
- Subtitles - English, Arabic, Dutch, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo

PRICE

Rs. 299/=

CONCLUSION

Of course box office had a different story to tell since Ek Tha Tiger ended up throwing some extraordinary numbers, courtesy a fabulous five day long weekend which did the job for the film. However, beyond that one does expect a film that boasts of much better content coming from the house of Yash Raj, Salman Khan and Kabir Khan, each of whom has much more accomplished work to their credit.
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