Director- Maneesh Sharma
Cast- Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Emran Hashmi, Revathy, Kumud Mishra, Simran, Ranveer Sheorey and Vishal Jethwa
Platform of Release- Theatres
By Jyothi Venkatesh
This sequel to Tiger continues the saga of the YRF Spy Universe and sets out to see Tiger (Salman Khan) and his wife Zoya (Katrina Kaif) face a harrowing personal threat when a vengeful terrorist, Aatish Rehman (Emraan Hashmi) from Pakistan, issues an ultimatum that they must comply with his demands or risk losing their son to a brutal fate.
Shridhar Raghavan’s story serves as a canvas for director Maneesh Sharma to put up a high-octane action show that sets out to amalgamate the key elements of duty, personal sacrifice, and patriotism but sadly what you see on the screen is very predictable and Maneesh does not make any attempt to say anything which is out of the box.
Anay Goswamy’s breathtaking cinematography deserves accolades as he deftly captures the scale of this globe-trotting espionage saga that seamlessly traverses across Europe, Russia, Istanbul, India and Pakistan.
While the film leans on familiar spy genre elements, inspired by Hollywood hits and many Bollywood blockbusters, at the same time, it also ensures that there’s no dearth of adrenaline-pumping action sequences that literally makes you sit on the edge of your seat.
Salman Khan emotes very well in some of the scenes, especially with Kumud Mishra and renders a sterling performance eschewing heroism. The best about him is that he looks fresh and is back in perfect form. He goes all outperforming dare-devil stunts that not only defy death and gravity but also logic.
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Katrina Kaif pulls off an action-heavy role with ease, kicking some serious butt and her scene where she fights clad in just a towel with Asian American actress Michelle Lee is worth watching. While Revathy has not been exploited in a cameo, Simran shines as the P.M of Pakistan; Ranveer Shorey has hardly any role worth this salt in the film.
For the first time in his career, serial kisser Emran Hashmi is shorn off romance and shines as the ruthless antagonist, Aatish, despite a very clichéd characterization that really lacks strong conviction. Shahrukh Khan renders a cameo performance as Pathaan, and his entry is integrated seamlessly into the story and is sure to hit home with the fans of both the Khans. Hrithik Roshan leaves a big impact with his entry in the climax, with Ashish Vidyarthi, though it is ostensibly to promote his film Fighter with YRF
Despite its expected storyline and reliance on established spy movie tropes, ‘Tiger 3’ sets out to navigate a very delicate balance between showcasing patriotism and overdramatizing it. Pritam’s music sadly falls short of leaving an everlasting impact.