FACT I: On August 14, by 9pm, all 16 shows at IMAX, Wadala, for August 15, were over 70 percent booked. The first show at 9am had a 90 percent turnout. I’m sure by the time the day ended, the results were better than the first show. Add to that the fact that there are more than 1,250 plus shows in Mumbai alone today. Multiply that by shows all over India and you will get a fair idea of what the first day collection will be. Methinks this will be a landmark film in BO collections on the opening day itself. A smart move by the producers.
FACT II: Salman Khan is a phenomenal craze. He has risen to cult status. Never mind the content of his films, just his presence alone is enough to ensure the returns for his investors. His fans just need to see him on screen. The ceetis and taalis flow when he is in action mode. And in EK THA TIGER, though his shirt comes off for a few fleeting seconds, there is an uproar in the multiplex; it’s as though they were waiting for this to happen.
REVIEW: Kabir Khan’s EK THA TIGER by no means is any patch on the director’s earlier work, NEW YORK. But with the Tiger in his den, Kabir manages to weave action with emotion to dish out an entertaining fare. What works for the movie are its action and the Salman-Katrina jodi. Music is an irritant that was not required. In fact, when they break into the first song almost 45 minutes into the movie, it’s like an afterthought (chalo ab ek gaana dalte hain). It slackens whatever momentum was gathered up until this stage. The only song that has any spunk comes on after the end titles begin to roll.
Tiger (Salman Khan) is a RAW agent who is the most experienced in the team. Shenoy (Girish Karnad) the RAW chief is proud of his agent and entrusts him with the most daring of assignments which spans the entire globe. So you have the film beginning in Zako, Northern Iraq, then moving on to Ireland, Istanbul, Havana, and London, apart from India. On an assignment in Ireland to track down a retired Indian professor, who apparently is sharing Indian secrets with the ISI, Tiger runs into Zoya (Katrina Kaif). He takes her help to gain access to the recluse professor and his home. From action to romance to action to spying, Kabir brings the film to a nice suspense point at the interval.
What works for the film big time apart from Salman Khan is the action. It’s slick and woven well into the script. It pushes the story forward unlike the song which jerks it backwards (by many miles). Also, the fact that Salman is gung-ho about the action and romance in this film is a huge plus. Clearly, he is having the time of his life, doing what he loves to do best and in return getting appreciation from his fans.
Here is the break-up of the 5 star rating.
Two stars are for action and the remaining three for the fact that this is a Salman Khan film and is guaranteed to rip open the Box Office!
FACT III: A Salman Khan film does not need a review!
FACT IV: This one will wipe out whatever deficit Yash Raj Films may have accumulated with their last few releases.
Ratings : 5/5
Review by Martin