Its futile to review a Salman film, but the actor who faced a setback earlier this year with Tubelight underperforming at the box office, is back with a bang with Tiger Zinda Hai, a heady cocktail of high octane action and patriotic jingoism. And the makers skillfully traverse the route to render the perfect platform for Salman to deliver a charismatic performance.
Tiger Zinda Hai begins where it left in its prequel Ek Tha Tiger, with Tiger leading his retirement life in contentment with Zoya and Junior Tiger somewhere in Austrian Alps. But duty calls when his RAW team lead Shenoy sir ( Girish Karnad) sends him on a impropable mission to evacuate 25 Indian nurses from the clutches of terrorist group ISC in Iraq, before US launches an airstrike to wipe out almost everyone in that zone. Tiger assembles his own coterie of army men and launches his own counter-mission to pull off this rescue misson.
Inspired from true events, though the political complexity is kept superficial at all the levels ,director Ali Abbaz Zafar creates authentic atmospherics and several nerve wracking moments throughout the film. Added to the fun is compelling high octane action which will give ample bang on your bucks. In several scenes though, logic is sacrificed for patriotic jingoism and emotional manipulation, but this fast paced film is inundated with several clap trap moments which makes up for the logical flaws . Salman especially is in terrific form, with the actor clawing himself efficiently in the pulsating action scenes and portrays a matured demeanor in the film’s sensitive moments. The makers provide him ample scope to display histrionics, and our bhai certainly doesnt disappoint. My favorite scene was the opening entry sequence of Salman, with him battling with pack of wolves in the austrian alps. Absolutely nerve-wracking. Katrina Kaif, too gets a meaty role and delivers a solid performance, especially impressive in the action sequences. The film is also elevated by decent performances from its supporting cast , including the ever dependable Paresh Rawal as the Indian Fixer and the main antagonist, Sajjad Delfrooz as the menacing head of the terrorist organization.
At close to 2 hours 30 minutes, TZH is overlong and patterned with logical loopholes, but I was hardly bored. The film is a slick made with terrific action and coupled with the mesmerising charisma of our venerated leading actor guarantees full-blown entertainment. Watch the scene where Salman comes out in a full-blown terminator form, decimating a brigade of terrorists. Bang bang boom !!
PoPcorn Entertainment Rating – 3.5/5