Salman and Katrina’s team work is what makes this sequel work
By FATIMA PATEL
If you enjoyed Ek Tha Tiger, then Tiger Zinda Hai will set the screen ablaze for you.
You may say Tiger Zinda Hai is predictable, far fetched in some scenes, but this sequel is an enjoyable watch.
The story fast forwards eight years on from where it left from the first franchise. Indian RAW agent Tiger (Salman Khan) and ISI agent Zoya (Katrina Kaif) are now married and living a peaceful life with their son, having long left their lives as spies. However, their plans soon change when Tiger is hunted down by his former boss at RAW to go on a mission to rescue 25 Indian nurses who are held hostage at a hospital by a dreaded terrorist organisation that has taken over Iraq.
From here it becomes a Salman Khan show and the Sultan delivers with screen presence, punchy one liners and above all huge star power.
Nonetheless, Katrina is not far behind. She too follows Salman in the mission, although from the Pakistan side, to rescue a further 11 Pakistani nurses. It is because of his wife Zoya that fuels Tiger to unite RAW with ISI for the rescue mission.
The marriage between ISI and RAW for this mission, adds a human touch to the storyline, which is heartening to watch especially considering the political tensions between both countries.
Peace lovers will most certainly enjoy the scene where the agents from both sides talk about how if India and Pakistan were one, they would have the best cricket team in the world, as is the conversation about the music artists that if the likes of Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Abida Paveen and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan were all doing a concert together, how wonderful would that be! It all makes it a jubilant watch.
However, for me the real scene stealer is Katrina. When it’s a Salman Khan action drama, it’s hard for the female lead to get much mileage, but Kaif does and delivers some kick ass stunts.
Katrina compliments Salman Khan perfectly and it’s this team work that makes the film work, in an otherwise predictable and loose storyline. The pace of the film could have been a little tighter and perhaps the storyline could have been a little tenser, especially considering the subject has been taken from a real-life incident. I also feel that Ali Abbas Zafar could have done a lot more with the direction, considering he had the star presence of Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.
The supporting cast do a good job. Paresh Rawal is effective and the antagonist, Abu Usman played by Sajjad Delafrooz performs his role well.
Over all Salman fans are not going to leave the theatres disappointed as they will most definitely get to see an avtar that they’ve enjoyed before in Ek Tha Tiger.