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Movie review: Tiger Zinda Hai - Salman does what he knows best, beating the hell out of bad guys
Storyline: The film is based on the 2014 real life incident of abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL. Indian agent Tiger (Salman) combines forces with Pakistani agent Zoya (Katrina) to fight a ruthless militant leader to secure the release of Indian nurses held hostage.

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger Zinda Hai released across theatres today, to end the year 2017 on a positive note. Since it's a Salman Khan film, it has to fall amongst the most eagerly awaited films of 2017.

The film is the sequel of the 2012 Kabir Khan directed Ek Tha Tiger. With this film, Salman and Katrina return to the silver screen as a pair after a gap of five years. They had last starred opposite each other in Ek Tha Tiger. The film has been directed by Ali Abbas Zafar of Sultan fame.

Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sajjad Delafrooz, Girish Karnad, Sudeep, Angad Bedi, Nawab Shah, Kumud Mishra

Director: Ali Abbas Zafar

Duration: 2h 45m

Genre: Action thriller

Rating: 2/5

Review: The one thing that the film has in abundance is pure and raw action. The makers have roped in Hollywood stunt director Tom Struthers who has worked in some big budget international movies like The Dark Knight and Inception, to design action sequences. Action is Salman Khan's forte, and in this film too, he does what he knows best, beating the hell out of bad guys.

But the problem with Tiger Zinda Hai is the same as with most Salman Khan movies. They severely lack logic and reason. But then, Bhaijan's fans don't care about that, do they? The film in the end is nothing but all swagger and prance. Being a spy thriller, the film could have done with a little more sense and sensibility.

The rugged, stone-faced Avinash Singh Rathore aka Tiger, the ever invincible RAW agent, evades bullets, fights a pack of hungry wolves and still emerges in one piece without a scratch. Vehicles in the film either do crazy somersaults or turn into balls of fire.

Tiger is now living a secluded life with his wife Zoya (Katrina) in Austria. Zoya is the same Pakistani spy Tiger had fallen in love with in the prequel. Tiger is summoned by the agency chief (Girish Karnad) and pressed into service after a group of Indian and Pakistani nurses are abducted by religious extremists in Iraq. Zoya too joins him on the mission to take out the terrorists and save the nurses.

However, the only thing that the film strives to achieve is to proclaim Salman as the sole saviour with even Katrina taking a backseat. The antagonist, Abu Usman, played by Iran-born Sajjad Delafrooz, however, shines in his role and makes his presence felt in almost every scene.

Apart from its grand scale, technical attributes, exotic locales, and but of course, Salman Khan, the film has nothing else to offer. Not only does it lack a decent script, it most importantly lacks logic and sense. The entire storyline seems flimsy, to say the least. If at all, Tiger Zinda Hai will only serve to the interests of either ardent Salman Khan fans or action junkies. Watch it only if you must.

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