Ek The Tiger Review : Zandu Balm Tiger !!
Saw it yesterday .. Let’s go straight forward . . On the whole movie worked for me, Salman was good and Katrina Steal the show with her #Tigress moments. The only three moments when I heard claps in 80% full show was two action sequences of Katrina(And it was clearly herself, no body double) and last final scene when Salman geared up his Bike to catch plane.
So what was initial expectations from movie ? “Story of rugged, rough and tough Spy, on a mission, who roars like Tiger and don’t need any suit for super hero stunts”. This was one and only expectations from movie. But movie was complete U turn from expectations. Movie started with thanda entry scene of Bhai. This time no claps, no seetis, no Taalis for his entry scene. Somewhere charisma required was complete missing in opening action scene. But still it was action scene which at least suits what we were expected from movie title. But what we get after that for next one hour was completely unexpected. Tiger who still was require to convince audience that he is actually a “Tiger”, turned into Cat and fall in love with Fox Katrina. After so many linearly executed unexpected light moments (Audience was not coming for these moments) intermission point comes at such a predictable note that I hear at least 2 voices from audience predicting what’s coming at interval point. My verdict during intermission point was “Story of FOX who converted Unproven Tiger in to proven Cat”.
Now comes second half, as predicted Fox Katrina was alive. But thank god second half was complete transformation and give the audience what they were looking for, thrill and action. Second half was so indulgent that for once audience completely forgets “What happened to professor, what was his mission? “. Both the protagonists were on run. Fight scenes in Cuba was superbly executed, but surprisingly it was Katrina who turned into Tigress from fox and got all accolades. Her two stunt scenes brings the house with loads of claps and whistles for first time. No she didn’t dominated the show at any point of time, but she steal the show at moments when applauds was meant to be for Salman. Salman got his much awaited due of Claps in final scene when he do 90’s Khiladi stuff, geared up the bike and catch the flying plane.
This is first time I felt movie divided between two halves and second half saves it with many questions left unanswered leaving the actual mission of Salman in first half to dust bean and take the story to entirely different route in second half. And i must say Action of second half was better than Batman, Superman or any other Hollywood action movie.
And this was my final verdicts after second hour “Story of FOX who converted Unproven Tiger in to proven Cat and proved herself Tigress !!“.
PS : How the story should have been told :
Movie should open with Two lovers on run (Entire Cuba fight sequence) in first 40 minutes and then should told the meeting of Salman-Katrina in background, cut short into next 30 minutes and interval should be at point where ISI agents caught them in Cuba. And then second half should take the chase sequences forward with full of action and some twists.
PS2 : I have not seen Batman, Superman movies.