8 years after the events of the first film, 25 Indian nurses and 15 Pakistani nurses are captured by ISC (the stage-name used for ISIL) under the leadership of Abu Usmaan (Sajjad Delafrooz). The American government orders for an airstrike on Usman’s hideout because Usman had executed an American spy. Shenoy (Girish Karnad) requests his American counterpart to delay the assault so that he could ensure the rescue of the Indian nurses as a result of which he gets a week’s deadline. Knowing that it would be difficult to accomplish such an improbable operation, Shenoy orders to recruit back Avinash Singh Rathore aka Tiger (Salman Khan) for the mission.
Can Shenoy and RAW find an absconding Tiger and convince him to join the mission? Why did Usman capture those 40 nurses? What was his purpose? Can RAW effectuate the operation and accomplish it in the deadline?
Positive Points: –
- With the innumerable amount of fake CGIs, improper background and pathetic set designs that we discerned in Bollywood films this year, the excellent production value of Tiger Zinda Hai comes as a relief to the Indian audience.
- 2017 has witnessed many bright examples of supporting actors overpowering the leads of the film effectively. Paresh Rawal and Sajjad Delafrooz ensure that they get added themselves to the same list with their powerful acts.
- If we just forget about logic, we can’t help but admire the execution of the action sequences and should probably thank the Almighty that Bollywood has finally started purging the South Indian style of action.
Negative Points: –
- Seeing American characters speaking in Hindi was the most disturbingly funniest part of the film. I couldn’t help but laugh at the dubs that had replaced the original conversations. I really can’t comprehend as to why such a fatal flaw was inducted into the movie as it obliterated its thrill everytime such a montage appeared on screen.
- Honestly, the basic storyline of Tiger Zinda Hai is good with some really excellent ideas. However, these ideas and hence the entire storyline have been poorly implemented.
- A weak screenplay by Neelesh Mishra and Ali Abbas Zafar and an even weaker directional effort by the latter mauls the otherwise excellence that the flick could have offered us.
- It’s good to see patriotism on screen but there was no requirement of incorporating the same in a film like Tiger Zinda Hai. Nevertheless, I consider it to be a minor and ignorable flaw and hence I won’t be lacerative for the same.
- At about 160 minutes, the feature seemed sort of overstretched and excruciating.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
Ali Abbas Zafar isn’t a bad director and has given us good films like Sultan and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan but we shouldn’t forget that he also gave us a movie like Gunday. Zafar knows how to make things look bright and over the top but his vision doesn’t go beyond the screenplay which is lamentable. There are several instances where his direction nettled me either due to its lack of logic or lack of detailing or a feeling of being rushed. Some exemplary examples can be Zoya entering Bagdadi’s room with a weapon, the entire Tiger vs Coyote sequence (especially the scene where a Coyote enters into Tiger’s car and we don’t get to see what happened next), most actions sequences where the terrorists use staffs instead of guns (*facepalm*), Tiger using his shirt to save himself from poisonous gas and many more.
Zafar’s screenplay work along with Neelesh Misra is no less disappointing principally when the crux of the film was powerful and had many scopes of rendering Tiger Zinda Hai into a great movie. The most difficult element in this case was to go hand in hand with the predecessor and the film falls flat there. Zafar and Misra probably forgot that Tiger and Zoya were fugitives and aren’t supposed to be visible on camera at all. Moreover, there was no sense in the Saare Jahan Se Accha logic of Tiger. On a broader sense, Tiger Zinda Hai is sort of a complicated film but the makers went too easy on it.
The action sequences were wonderful but lacked sense and logic which is common for Bollywood. The dubbing work was pathetic and uncalled for. If the makers did the same in order to reach a wider audience then it was probably their greatest misjudgement because Indian junta has matured enough to accept the use of multiple languages in a film (the success of Udta Punjab should evince the same). The music by Vishal-Shekar is good but doesn’t stand up to the standards of the first film. Julius Packiam’s background score is excellent and probably one of the best things in the flick. Marcin Laskawiec’s camera work is satisfying and Rameshwar S. Bhagat’s editing work is okayish.
Salman Khan and Katrina Khan are excellent in the action sequences but when it comes to acting, their constant display of flat emotions is vexing. Most supporting actors haven’t gotten a chance to display their acting chops properly though the ones who did shine through the limitations were Paresh Rawal, Sajjad Delafrooz, Kumud Mishra and Anupriya Goenka.
Rawal’s cameo was stellar and his thespian excellence somewhat helped in giving a new dimension to a unidirectional film. Delafrooz was sterling as the movie’s antagonist and he showcases the intricacies of his character very articulately. Most actors in his shoes would have been soporific but not him. He expresses his emotions through his stoic face artistically which is a sign of a good actor.
Final Verdict: –
Tiger Zinda Hai was one of the most anticipated movies of the year and might just end up as the highest grosser of the year. It had a great plotline, production value and entertaining actions sequences but they don’t abate its poor execution. The flick is no doubt entertaining but it could have been much greater in many ways and falls way short of the same. Of what it deserves, I’m awarding it an extra 0.5 for the film’s magnificent production work.