Critics’ Verdict: ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ Is Gimmicky But Enjoyable

Here’s what the critics have to say about Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’.

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<p>Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the song, <i>Swag Se Swagat</i>&nbsp; from <i>Tiger Zinda Hai.&nbsp;</i></p>
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Film: Tiger Zinda Hai
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Angad Bedi

Excerpts from reviews of Tiger Zinda Hai:

I had fun in this one, once I got past the whole ‘Come Children, Let’s Make A Spy Story For You’ explanatory mode of the flick, directed this time by Ali Abbas Zafar. Literally every plot point is picked up and repeated BEFORE it happens, so everything is easy peasy. I shut my ears every time this happened, and returned only when the action re-started. Which, let me tell you, there is plenty of, and almost all well-choreographed. And the number of vehicles going up in smoke should give Rohit Shetty a complex. You can see the filmmakers’ compulsion in choosing to simplify and flatten matters. Because the Middle East is one of the most complex points of conflict in the world, and the attempt to base a Salman actioner on a real event (a bunch of Indian and Pakistani nurses being held hostage by terrorists in 2014) is in real danger of turning off his ardent fans by being too full of information, which needs processing. I could sense the occasional bouts of restlessness from the row of young fans behind me, which vanished as soon as Bhai came on, all guns blazing. No animals were harmed during the making of this film: this could very well have been the tagline. Tiger squares up with a pack of wolves, and commandeers a horse, and they are all left standing. Oh, and he also sheds his shirt: it is one of Salman’s most effective shirtless moments. The boys behind me cheered lustily. Bhai is in his place, and all’s right with the world.

Shubhra Gupta, The Indian Express

The gap between the original (and superior) 2012 film Ek Tha Tiger is written all over Khan’s weathered visage and his slow-moving body. Looking less war-weary than world-weary, Khan drags himself through the contrived script, which seeks to plant literal and metaphorical Indian flags on the battlefield created by the Islamic State in the Arab world. Zafar, who has written the screenplay as well as the moth-eaten dialogue, doles out prescriptions for Indo-Pak unity and the destruction of an Islamic State-like force. The talk-heavy movie stops short of suggesting that it was India that drove the Islamic State out of Iraq and Syria, but the hints are scattered all over in this fantasy of Indian machismo.

Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in

This film simply isn’t interested in achieving any balance. The emphasis is unwaveringly on Salman the saviour. Katrina, fetching but flimsy, is compelled to take a backseat. Mercifully, the principal antagonist Abu Usman, played by Iran-born, UAE-raised Sajjad Delafrooz is no pushover: he makes his presence felt in no uncertain terms. Undeniably impressive in terms of its scale and flawless technical attributes, Tiger Zinda Hai is an exercise that rings utterly hollow. Its surface nous cannot conceal the sheer purposeless of all the noise it generates.

Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV

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