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You know the thing that confused me was that Kabir Khan said that Saiyaara revealed too much about the movie that's why they can't release the song. But I never felt that anything was really revealed in the song when I saw it in the movie.

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Ek Tha Tiger sets new record - is biggest opening EVER

Salman Khan has once again proved that he is the undisputed king at the box office today.

His latest film Ek Tha Tiger, which released on August 15, has managed to rake in a whooping Rs 32.95 crores at the box office on the very first day.

As a result, the film has succeeded in beating Agneepath's record first day collections of Rs 25 crores, which was the biggest opening for a Hindi film until now.

Media professional and industry observer Abhijit Mhamunkar confirms: "The opening day collections of Ek Tha Tiger is Rs 32.95 crores. It has set a new first day record."

Director Kabir Khan was ecstatic with the numbers. "We very happy," he gushes over the phone. "It's a mind-boggling opening. I never predicted any figures but this is beyond belief. I am happy that people have loved the film."

The director claimed he was not competing with any other film. "I am not comparing my film's box office collections with any other film's. We are sitting on a good amount. I am sure this good run will continue at the box office."

Earlier this year, Agneepath had toppled Salman Khan's [ Images ] earlier blockbuster Bodyguard, which had collected Rs 21 crores on the first day of its release.

Mhamunkar adds, "The film was obviously going to take a big opening but it has surpassed everyone's expectations."

Ek Tha Tiger opened in 3,300 screens with almost 100 per cent occupany as compared to Agneepath, which opened in 2,700 screens with a 95-100 per cent occupancy.

One of the major reasons for such a huge first day collections was the increase in ticket prices. "The prices of the tickets have, on average, been increased by Rs 20. This has played an instrumental part in adding to the box office collections. The price rise has contributed to 20 per cent of the total collection," Mhamunkar says.

Be it single screen or multiplexes, the advance booking for the film has been incredible. It will be interesting to see how soon the film reaches the Rs 100 crore mark.


Aniruddha Guha reviews Ek Tha Tiger — Method in the Salman madness

Film: Ek Tha Tiger (U/A)
: Kabir Khan
: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey
: ***

Ek Tha Tiger (ETT) is probably Hindi cinema's best action film yet. Conrad Palmisano, who's been stunt co-ordinator on films like the Rush Hour series, the Robocop series, Batman Forever and Romeo Must Die, directs four brilliantly put together action set-pieces. They are all lavishly mounted, shot at breathtaking locales, and executed with skilled precision. In the midst of it all is Salman Khan, Hindi cinema's poster boy for escapist entertainment. Thankfully, ETT is the rare Khan film that has a plot too, thin as it may be.

After having acted in some good, bad and terrible films for over two decades, Salman Khan's Chulbul Pandey regaled masses in Dabangg, Abhinav Kashyap's quirky take on the masala genre. This was soon after Wanted brought audiences back to single screen cinemas.

Since then, it's been one monstrous hit after another for Khan, although the films have had little going for themselves other than the not-so-towering, bare-chested presence of the actor himself.

Most of these – Wanted first, and then Ready and Bodyguard – have been poorly written, haphazardly put together films that more or less follow a simple formula – piggyback on the 'Bhai' persona, and play to the gallery. ETT is similar in some ways – it's a film that presents Salman as a larger-than-life, superhero-esque secret agent. There's action, romance, music, all of which is infused to satiate Khan fans.

But, surprise surprise. Kabir Khan makes sure you acknowledge the director too. He banks on Khan's stardom, no doubt, but ensures he makes a spectacle of it. "I'll show you how to do it in style" — his film arrogantly seems to be telling other directors aiming for box office gold. There's method to the madness, and an ingredient almost entirely missing from most other Salman films — wit.

Tiger's a R&AW agent – the best there is. The film opens with an action sequence shot on the outskirts of Iraq. Tiger kills a bunch of agents after bumping off one of his own men, who defected to Pakistan's ISI. Back home, he's yearning for another mission.

He's sent to Dublin to keep an eye on acclaimed scientist Professor Kidwai (Roshan Seth), believed to be sharing nuclear secrets with Pakistan. There, Tiger meets Zoya (Katrina Kaif) and the expected happens – the two fall in love. But the revelation of Zoya's true identity throws things out of gear. Can a spy afford romance? And what if the lover might be the enemy?

The narrative is linear. Kabir Khan keeps the storytelling simple and the runtime short. Designed to be a two hour-long adrenaline rush, Ek Tha Tiger doesn't pause for breath. The pre-interval portions, establishing Tiger and Zoya's romance has some dull patches, but once the plot is established, the film moves swiftly.Rameshwar Bhagat's editing is watertight. Aseem Mishra's cinematography does the film's scale justice.

Hindi cinema's tryst with the spy genre has been scattered.

Dharmendra's Aankhen, Jeetendra's Farz, Mithun Chakraborthy's Surakshaa and the Mahender Sandhu-starrer Agent Vinod all met with varied success. Sridhar Raghavan's tongue-in-cheek take on the last one flopped just a few months ago. All of these films had 'khufiya agents', 'dushman-e-mulk' and double crossing femme fatales.

Where Ek Tha Tiger scores is the balancing act — it's a full-blown Hindi film, with desh prem, farz and mohabbat as part of the recipe. But Kabir Khan treats the film like a stylised Hollywood actioner, never getting into graver issues but using the set-up as a tool to regale. His plot takes the characters around the world a la James Bond films, each of the locations woven cleverly into the screenplay.

A spectacular action sequence in Havana is enough to get back your money's worth. It delights you with its choreography as much as it does with humour. Sample this: Having landed in a house inhabited by an old couple in-between a chase sequence, Tiger struggles to open the exit door to the apartment. The old man calmly gets up and opens the latch to let Tiger and Zoya out.

The film is well cast, with seasoned actors like Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth and the reliable Ranvir Shorey making up the ensemble. Khan's in his element, even though the film strips him off some of his antics – there isn't too much dialoguebaazi, neither is there scope for slapstick. But the usual Khanisms remain. In one scene, TigerMan halts a speeding mono rail with nothing but brute force – the scene is as believable as a shirt tearing off his muscle-rippled body, but should do the trick for his obnoxiously large number of fans. Katrina Kaif looks smoking. She's especially sexy to watch while kicking some ass.

Ek Tha Tiger, as expected, is an out-and-out Salman Khan film. But it's also smart and stylish — not qualities you associate with a Sallu film. Escapism isn't always this much fun. Go watch.


Ek Tha Tiger Movie Review

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.

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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.

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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!

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 Round-Up: Roars and Snores for 'Ek Tha Tiger'

Ek Tha Tiger

What happens when an Indian intelligence officer falls in love with a Pakistani spy? That's the premise of this week's major Bollywood release "Ek Tha Tiger," Hindi for "There Was a Tiger." In it, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif play the roles of the Indian and Pakistani, respectively.

But the hotly-anticipated Independence Day release is not just another first-date romantic drama. It's packed with oodles of action and plenty of death defying stunts, a genre Mr. Khan has dominated in recent years.

Though the film was embroiled in several controversies in previews — most recently its ban from Pakistan — it garnered substantial praise from Indian critics on its release Wednesday. There were others, however, who criticized the film for its haphazard plot.

Here's a roundup of what critics said about the film:

"Ek Tha Tiger, by far, is Salman Khan's most entertaining and accomplished works in recent times," Bollywood critic Gaurav Malani wrote in the Times of India.

Praising the spy-thriller's "tongue-in-cheek" dialogue, "credibly crafted" screenplay and skillful direction, the film, thought Mr. Malani, scores above most Indian espionage flicks for its ability to maintain a cohesive narrative.

Mr. Malani also was impressed with the movie's "imaginative" action sequences which break free from the stereotyped "exaggerated, convoluted and commonplace" action in most masala entertainers. Director Kabir Khan, he noted, "strikes a perfect balance between heroism and realism in this department."

"A two-hour long adrenaline rush" is how film critic Aniruddhha Guha summed up the "action extravaganza" in a Daily News and Analysis review.

"Kabir Khan doesn't leave things to the Salman factor alone," Mr. Guha noted. "There's style, there's slickness, and there's an ingredient almost entirely missing from most other Salman films – wit."

The critic went on to praise the film for its "racy" plot, "riveting" action, "breathtaking" stunts and "watertight" editing, which in his view, made the fast-paced Bollywood flick the equal of any "stylized Hollywood thriller."

"Ek Tha Tiger, at the end of the day, is an out-and-out Salman Khan film. But it's the rare well-made one," said Mr. Guha, giving the film three-and-a-half-stars out of five.

But not everyone was as impressed as these two. Though news portal Rediff's Sukanya Verma was all praise for the cast and the "snappy, snazzy and substantial action," she noted that the narrative "wasn't always brimming with bright logic."

"It has its share of loopholes, convenient bending and tweaking of a hazy script packed with diplomatic protocol inaccuracies," she said.

The "sluggish" screenplay, "mediocre" songs and "subtle" humor were shortcomings "hard to forgive," she added, giving the film three stars out of five.

A Zee News reviewer shared similar views. The movie "compels you to wonder if you truly want to ridicule your intelligence," wrote Gayatri Sankar, giving the spy-thriller two stars out of five.

Even though Ms. Sankar commended the film for its scintillating action sequences, "foot-tapping" score and sizzling onscreen chemistry between the lead pair, she found the script a big letdown.

The movie "falls into the same trap" as most Salman Khan-starrers: dollops of action but no meaningful content. It "will certainly entertain you if you leave your brains outside the theatre!" she said.


Movie Review: Ek Tha Tiger is an exciting Tiger and Kat chase!

Movie Review: Ek Tha Tiger is an exciting Tiger and Kat chase!

by Rubina A Khan Aug 15, 2012

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Movie Review: Ek Tha Tiger is an exciting Tiger and Kat chase!

A poster of the film Ek Tha Tiger. Courtesy: Yash Raj Films

Salman Khan plays Tiger, a RAW agent, one with Herculean physical strength that can take on the world and leave the might of super heroes far behind in his action packed missions to save India. There's no wall high enough for him to scale or a plane slow enough for him not to leap into mid-air. And of course, there's no enemy, namely Pakistan's ISI agents, strong enough to break him and his nationalist resolve toward his country.

The film opens in Zakho, Iraq, with a flying kick so hard, it sets the action tone of the film right away. Tiger reports to Shenoy (Girish Karnad) in New Delhi after every field mission for the last 12 years and this time is no different. The two share a warm camaraderie over drinks and a special daal dinner, with Tiger raring to set off on yet another mission. He leads a boring, undercover life, not to mention single too, in a spartan home in a Delhi neighborhood where his good looks, physique and mysterious comings and goings are more exciting to the women around than the television serials. Of course, their men aren't amused by their fascination with the mysterious neighbour. And before he can get into his buying milk from the milkman morning routine, he is assigned to keep a close eye on one Professor Kidwai (Roshan Seth) who teaches at the Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, who RAW suspects is sharing integral missile information with the enemy. Fellow RAW agent, Gopi (Ranvir Shorey) accompanies Tiger on this mission.

A poster of the film Ek Tha Tiger. Courtesy: Yash Raj Films

Professor Kidwai is batty and Tiger, relentless, in the guise of Manish Chandra, a writer, in befriending the old geezer. Zoya (Katrina Kaif) a student, who is also a part time caretaker of the Professor's home and dog, Rocket, aids Tiger in the process. This is one Tiger that needs no saving on any mission, until he falls in love with the beautiful Zoya and the song Banjaara visualizes his love-struck state of mind amidst the Irish landscape. Many romantic interludes later, you are smitten by Tiger's unspoken love for Zoya, where terms of endearment between them are Zee and Doordarshan, which go on to play a bigger role in the scheme of things to unfold post the interval, where the story takes a very surprising turn.

Without giving away what follows the exciting and unpredictable turn in the plot, the film traverses Istanbul in Turkey and goes on to Havana in Cuba with the leading pair of the film lending their beautiful selves to the exotica of the locations, especially in the song, Laapata filmed in Havana. What comes between their love? Do Tiger and Zoya survive the international chase of RAW and ISI heads and agents? Ek Tha Tiger wouldn't be a thriller romance if I told you anything more!

The action in Ek Tha Tiger is spectacular and every bewildering, unrealistic action sequence is just that much more exciting with Tiger enacting the same! From stopping a train to leaping off a motorbike into a plane already in mid-air, Salman Khan makes it real! The cinematography by Aseem Mishra is seamless and brilliant, not once invading the space of the characters at work in the foreground. The background score attempts to incorporate the local sounds of music when in Havana and Istanbul especially, and it works. The dialogues are "very Salman-esque" like "Main dress de raha hoon, utaar thodi raha hoon!" and only he can carry off these lines with his easy charm and panache on screen.

Salman Khan's portrayal of the RAW agent, Tiger in the political jungle of life, is forceful and subtle at the same time. In the stylised action scenes, a bruised and wounded Salman exudes a rockstar like cool that's very, well, cool. But when he plays the love struck Tiger, Salman's the undisputed Khan of romance with his expressions of love! Ek Tha Tiger feels more a love story set in an action thriller plot line when the Tiger-Zoya love story commences, but the film straddles the divide well in shifting gears from action to romance ably.

Katrina Kaif looks stunning, playing Tiger's feisty Tigress in the film, but it's her action scenes that add dimension to her character. She has a hero's part almost in the film, with a well-written character and her striking presence in literally, every frame of the film. She, too, balances the different shades of Zoya well with her able performance and has gone far beyond her initial days of just being the pretty girl in the film.

Girish Karnad's performance as the RAW head is mediocre, but doesn't hamper the film given it revolves primarily around its two main protagonists, Tiger and Zoya. Ranvir Shorey is good in his Gopi act.

The director, who has earlier directed Kabul Express (2006) and New York (2009) has a firm grip on the story and the screen play, without compromising on the entertainment value of the film at all. There's everything and more in Ek Tha Tiger that you'd want to see in a film – good looking lead cast, story, glamour, an endearing romance, good performances, some laughs, picturesque locations, thrilling and exquisite action, patriotism and most importantly, a good time at the movies!

Rating: ****


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Movie Review : Ek Tha Tiger

Film: "Ek Tha Tiger"; Starring: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif; Directed by: Kabir Khan; Rating: ****

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Film: "Ek Tha Tiger"; Starring: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif; Directed by: Kabir Khan.

There is something about the Salman-Katrina pairing. Something that goes deeper than a real-life affection. Even deeper than that crackling pitch-perfect chemistry that we see among endearing star-pairs, like Raj-Nargis, Rajesh -Mumtaz, Shah Rukh-Kajol...you name it!

Here in "Ek Tha Tiger", we see a look of genuine protectiveness in Salman's eyes every time he looks at Katrina Kaif. That look suits the film's purposes fine. "Ek Tha Tiger" is the love story of two spies from different sides of the border who during the course of their volatile sinister cloak-and-dagger work, fall head over heels in love.

As the lovers flee their enemies, they are pursued by do mulk ke dushman. Which is nine mulk less than where Shah Rukh's Don was wanted.

moview review of ek tha tigerSalman's spy-hero code-named Tiger cuts through the chase, brings the secret agent's role down to an amiably human level, drawing secret alcoves of childlike vulnerability and, yes, humour from his character's secret life, making the spy's double life look doubly redeemable.

Every time Salman looks at Katrina his eyes melt. Kabir Khan taps the actor's potential to fill up the screen to great advantage. Even while flexing his biceps through four continents in some of the best staged action sequences in some never-seen rugged exotic spots of the earth (full marks to action director Conrad Palamisano) Salman gets lots of very quiet contemplative moments with his beautiful co-star. For once the superstar looks neither bored nor distracted. And he isn't impatient to move on.

Ruminative reflective rich in self-mocking resonances, Salman's spy in "Ek Tha Tiger" is a remarkably restrained and expressive character. He handles both the action and the romantic sequences with seamless empathy.

review of ek tha tigerKatrina gets better with every film. As a woman who had a genuinely happy childhood that has been snatched away by the nature of her profession, her eyes convey infinite pain. She conveys pain and love with as much elan as she kicks ass when the need arises. Yup, this lady rocks.

Kabir Khan whose earlier Katrina starrer "New York" defined Islamic isolation during times of terrorism with gripping gusto, this time, decides to have fun with the espionage genre without trivialising it. The blend of action and romance is achieved with a fluency that we've seldom seen in the action-romance genre.

The storytelling is laced with a loads of humour. Aseem Mishra's camera-work punctuates the pungent drama of lovers on the run, capturing the bustle and the festivity of Ireland, Cuba and Istanbul with much warmth and affection and a detached fascination that is the opposite of touristic curiosity.

ek tha tiger movie reviewKabir Khan has an eye for everyday details. Though his frames are arranged to convey aesthetics, the beauty of the moments shared by lovers is never defined by their surroundings.

It's a very commonplace attraction seen in umpteenth Hindi films of every hue and variety. What makes director Kabir Khan's telling of this routine love story come alive, is the presentation and packaging, both unique but never over-punctuated.

Epic in design the film has a surprisingly low number of main characters.

Kabir works on building the love story through the intelligently-written interaction between the two protagonists rather than their exotic environment or the incidental characters. Still, Girish Karnad as Tiger's boss and Ranvir Shorey as Salman's buddy-in-arms are first-rate. Never letting the script down.

It's not easy to make an intelligent film on intelligence without tripping over the barbed wires of politics and espionage jargon. Kabir Khan strips the love stories to its bare necessities without diminishing the density of the drama.

"Ek Tha Tiger" is more a passionate love story than an actioner. Brilliantly scripted and deftly directed it's Salman Khan's best film in ages. As for his chemistry with Katrina Kaif, it is the stuff legendary love stories are made of.

Very few films make you sit at the edge of your seat when the hero fights and then makes you recline in sighing submission when he romances his sweetheart, in equal measures.

"Ek Tha Tiger" gets it right.

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Ek Tha Tiger

Tiger is one of India's most effective espionage agents. But when this brave heart falls in love, even he has to seek cover to realise his dream.

Movie Review: Kabir Khan's movies—Kabul Express; New York, Ek Tha Tiger start with the similar sepia-toned skyline montages of what could be Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq; strife-ridden country associated with extremists. In ETT, the montages pass quickly. A voice-over tells you of how Governments fight shadow battles of espionage and intrigue with faceless agents.

Cut to India's finest RAW (Research & Analysis Wing) agents Tiger--Salman Khan. He enters the screen, dramatically, shoes first, kicking butt in a crowded bazaar; with his trade-mark checked scarf around his neck. He ambushes a handful of traitors single-handedly in a long-drawn high octane action sequence that is clearly inspired by Jason Bourne(Bourne Identity/Supremacy series) and James Bond (Quantum of Solace). Mission one successfully completed Tiger returns home to a middle-class neighbourhood in New Delhi.

Barely have his wounds from Iraq healed when his boss, Girish Karnad, (impressive performance) packs him of to Ireland to spy on a professor (Roshan Seth) who may be trading missile technology secrets with Pakistan.

Before he sets out, the boss ominously warns Tiger how agents must never let their hearts rule their head. But when Cupid strikes even Tigers become pussy-cats. The spy is drawn to college girl Zoya( Katrina Kaif) and he's almost ready to settle down with her, when the twist in the plot is revealed. Kat is a secret agent for the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence); she owes allegiance to India's archenemy Pakistan.

Post interval, ETT goes on to focus on the Tiger-Zoya romance. Since they have unfinished business, the plot allows them to lock eyes at a peace summit in Istanbul. Passions are rekindled. This time they let their own feelings rule and elope. Chased by their own people and the enemy, the couple traipse in Cuba and other foreign locales, riding bikes and cuddling up while some lack-lustre songs play in the backdrop. One must say there is nothing raw about the Kat-Sallu romance in ETT; it's synthetic.

Leaving the plot open for a sequel, just in case Salman's fans demand one; ETT ends with telling you how Tiger's file went missing because, once this super-spy decided to go off the radar, no intelligence agency could actually track him down.

Tip off: ETT is no Dabangg, Ready or Bodyguard. It's more evolved, less chalu( read entertaining.) Salman'isms' are rationed. And the hero does so many unbelievable stunts, it makes you ponder on whether- Bollywood's answer to Spider Man, Superman and Batman; is apna Sal'man.'


Ek Tha Tiger First Day Early Estimate
Circuit Collections
Mumbai 10.80
Delhi UP 5.50
East Punjab 2.50
CP 1.50
CI 1.35
Rajasthan 1.60
Nizam 1.50
Mysore 1.40
West Bengal 1.15
Bihar 0.40
Assam 0.22
Orissa 0.17
TNK 0.30
Total 28.39


ETT Pegged As Biggest First-Day Grosser At 30 Cr

Yash Raj-Salman Khan Ek Tha Tiger (ETT) is all that it was billed to be – on opening day, at least. The film, which took a phenomenal 100-per cent opening across India, is expected to break records and become the highest first-day grosser at Rs 30 crore.

Salman Khan has always had tremendous success at the ticket counter during Eid, and today being a national holiday helped considerably. Tradewallahs believe the film will clock the fastest Rs 100 crore in the history of Indian cinema.

In Mumbai, Vinay Choksey of VIP Enterprises says, "In Mumbai, the response to the film has been astonishing. The first-day collections will be around Rs 30 crore all-India and Rs 11 crore in Mumbai. The film benefited from the national holiday today but collections will drop tomorrow as it is a working day. The film will cross Rs 90 crore post the long weekend as Monday is an Eid holiday."

In Gujarat, Ajay Bagbai of Rajvi Trade Link adds, "Although the film is running house full, it has received a mixed response from the audience. The first half is a little slow but Salman Khan fans will watch the film anyway. So the film's all-India, first-day collections will be around Rs 30-32 crore and Gujarat-Saurashtra is estimated at Rs 4 crore. Tomorrow will witness a 40-per cent drop. But by the weekend, collections will total Rs 130 crore."

In Delhi UP, Sanjay Ghai of Mukta Arts says, "Without a doubt, this film will be a blockbuster. On its first day, all-India collections will be around Rs 32 crore and in UP-Delhi, close to Rs 7 crore. By Monday, the movie will join the 100-crore club."

In Punjab, Surendra Saluja of Lakshya Movies says, "The first-day collections of ETT received an extraordinary response. The evening shows are also house full. In East Punjab, the film will earn Rs 1.5 crore but collections will drop tomorrow. The momentum will pick up in no time, during the long weekend."

In West Bengal, Debashish Dey of Aum Moviez says, "ETT has elicited an extremely positive response and the film is a pure treat for Salman Khan fans. It is not a typically commercial film like Dabangg or Bodyguard and it has a niche-like look. On its first day in West Bengal, it will earn close to Rs 1.5 crore."


Salman Khan roars, producers crouch

The actor continued to have his way with Yash Raj, when he hosted several private screenings of Ek Tha Tiger and even a party, a first for the banner

As far as Salman Khan is concerned, rules are meant to be broken. Or in the least, bent to meet his needs. And thus, the actor has so far made sure that he got his way with his producers, Yash Raj Films - be it parking his vanity van in the sacrosanct premises of the studio, or having his Ek Tha Tiger co-star Katrina's dress altered for a song. Mirror has learnt, that Khan has managed to turn a few rules upside down even after the film shoot is over. He managed to hold two private screenings at the YRF studios for his friends and family. And then parties in the premises till the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, in the history of Yash Raj, such screenings or aftermovie-parties are a first.

Thus on Monday night, Salman along with brother Sohail Khan, father Salim Khan, sister Alvira Agnihotri and brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri were huddled in the screening theatre in YRF Studios. Of course, co-star Katrina Kaif, sister Arpita, her ex-beau Arjun Kapoor and certain other friends from the industry, including Rani Mukerji's parents were also present.
A source close to the star told Mirror, "Salman is really excited about Ek Tha Tiger. He believes that his family and close friends will give him an honest opinion. And thus, he has arranged for not one but several screenings of the film. While a few shows will be held at Ketnav, the screening theatre in Bandra where most of Salman's films are held, the majority of screenings will take place at the YRF Studios in Andheri."
Another source, who was present for the screening on Monday, added, "Malaika and Arbaaz were absent. Salman's mother was also not there. So another screening will soon be held for sure. But the Monday screening was a success. The film started at 10 pm. But nobody left the studio compound before 4 am. After the film, they were partying till morning."
Interestingly, YRF, a production house that does not hold press shows till the date of release to keep their film a secret, have allowed Salman to arrange special screenings this time around. Needless to say, this Khan knows how to create his own set of rules.

Ek Tha Tiger is paisa vasool entertainer!

Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif

Salman Khan is a species that invites admiration and applause in any kind of film format or movie genre. Off late we have seen enough of him in mindless comedies and inflated action flicks. But the Yash Raj banner and, more particularly, director Kabir Khan project him in a sober, suave and sensible way over his patented pedestrian image. And since the film follows a sane storyline over silly slapstick, one is able to appreciate and enjoy it better.

In the prologue chase-sequence where he is introduced as an intelligence officer on assignment in a foreign country, Salman Khan escapes his opponents by splurging money in an open market and subsequently camouflages in the crowd that is busy pouncing on the currency. Be rest assured that what follows would be 'paisa vasool' entertainment.

Tiger (Salman Khan) is an Indian intelligence officer who's sent by RAW to Dublin to keep an eye on a science professor. There he comes across Zoya (Katrina Kaif) and expectedly falls for her. Until it turns out that even Zoya is on an undercover mission. Now Tiger has to choose between duty and love.

Aditya Chopra sketches his story on the unusual premise of what would happen if an Indian intelligence officer falls in love with a Pakistani spy. The conflicts in the love story come quite naturally through the animosity between the two neighbouring nations, prevalent for decades. On a broader level the film implies how love can overpower all inherent differences. Yet it never makes a very conscious attempt to sound preachy or positive about the state-of-affairs between the countries. Chopra's story is credibly crafted into a riveting screenplay by Neelesh Misra and Kabir Khan.

At first instance, it seems like the love story is barging in the spy-drama. Until you realize that Ek Tha Tiger, largely, is a love story on the backdrop of an espionage thriller and not the other way round. Once we realize that, the romance track is never a hindrance. Rather the Indo-Pak spy couple lends the love story its uniqueness. Nevertheless there is no compromise on the spy setup of the film either. Director Kabir Khan commendably balances the love story and the spy drama, with each element taking precedence at different junctures in the film as per the requirement.

The beauty of the film is that, though the protagonist goes against his establishment for a girl from a rival country, you still root for him. Their integrity towards each other makes you overlook the fact that the two spies went rogue. Thereby Ek Tha Tiger is more of a rooted romance tale over a mechanical spy-thriller. Where it scores above most Indian espionage flicks (including the recent Agent Vinod) is that fact that though it frequently changes geographical boundaries, the narrative never wanders aimlessly.

Unlike most desi actioners where the stunts are often exaggerated, convoluted and commonplace, Ek Tha Tiger boasts of some imaginative action sequences smartly choreographed by Hollywood stunt coordinator Conrad Palmisano. It isn't of the existing variety where a dozen goons go flying in the air by hero's one kick. Kabir Khan strikes a perfect balance between heroism and realism in this department. So the background score or editing patterns don't have to be overblown for the impact. The tram sequence in first half and the freeway chase in the second is sure to invite applause in cinema-halls.

Despite a serious spy setup, the film has a very cool sense of humour. The tongue-in-cheek lines often make you smile even in the most unusual circumstances. Aseem Mishra's cinematography lends the film a grace that the genre demands, as he captures the essence of Ireland, Cuba, Istanbul and other countries with elan.

Salman Khan carries an urbane charm and looks uber-cool dressed in formals. He is resourcefully restrained sans his customary buffoonery. His acting ability is best exploited in this film after a long long time. Katrina Kaif is gorgeous as always and puts in a confident act. Her agility in action sequences adds to her conviction. And more importantly she shares terrific chemistry with Salman Khan, something that was missing in all their earlier pairings. Ranvir Shorey as Salman's associate makes for a good supporting cast. Girish Karnad and Gavie Chahal lend decent support.

Ek Tha Tiger, by far, is Salman Khan's most entertaining and accomplished works in recent times. Hope he takes the correct cues from this film and stays away from mediocrity henceforth.

Verdict: Very Good


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Ek Tha Tiger collects Rs 32 crores on day one

As expected, Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger has opened to superlative response at the box-office.

The business is so humungous that it has broken all earlier records of other top grosser including his own films.

If early estimates are to be believed, the film has collected Rs 32 crores. The last biggest record for the first day collection was for Agneepath which collected Rs 22 crores. That film released on Republic Day and this one has released on Independence Day.

Most theatres had occupancy in the range of 70-100%. The multiple shows running in multiplexes helped the business grow by the show. The film has opened equally good in multiplexes as well as single screens. And while at that this is just the day one figures.

Trade circles are upbeat that the business would be steady, if not better, and everyone is keenly looking forward to the extended first weekend collections. That could be another record-breaking figure!


'Ek Tha Tiger' sets new box-office record

Actor Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger set a box-office record of sorts by notching the highest-ever first-day collections. While Ek Tha Tiger collected Rs 32 cr. Hrithik Roshan-starrer Agneepath held the record earlier by collecting Rs 23 crore on its first day.
Khan's previous hits - Bodyguard and Ready- also posted high earnings at the box-office on their first day of release, at Rs 21 crore and Rs 12.5 crore respectively.

Khan is known for choosing his film's releases around Id. Not many analysts believe this is a good decision because it's considered a period of austerity. Trade analyst Amod Mehra said, The industry felt Ek Tha Tiger's release during Ramzan was not wise as most single-screen audience would stay away from watching films in this period.'' However, he said that Ek Tha Tiger witnessed heavy blackmarketing of tickets at many single screen today-an indicator of rapid business in Bollywood circles.
Box-office pundits feel the Salman Khan-starrer will scale other Bollywood highs as well. Statistically speaking, they felt that it would also reach the magic figure of Bollywood - 100 crore - in the shortest possible time. Said Vishal Anand of Fun Cinemas,"Ek Tha Tiger has not only got the biggest opening ever, many of our multiplexes will mark their highest single-day collection with this film.'' He estimates that the film will break the 100-crore mark in five days as against a week needed by other blockbusters.

Ek Tha Tiger: Salman breaks his 'Dabangg' record

Early morning, on August 15, Salman Khan's sister had tweeted: "The TIGER has arrived! Congratulation & all the best to the whole team of Ek Tha Tiger! You'll have to break all records!"

The day was barely over and the team seemed to be well on their way to live up to her wishes. Mass hysteria, perhaps only witnessed during Rajinikanth's films, ensued since 9.30 am on Independence Day. Letting go of the age-old Indian tradition of watching the Prime Minister speak from the Red Fort, people lined up in front of the ticket counters at various theatres across the country. Some, we heard, were even monitored by cops, just in case the multitudes decided to break into a song and dance sequence.

When we tried to gain access to a suburban single screen theatre, we were told that a ticket that usually costs around Rs 90 is being sold for as much as Rs 750. "Abhi abhi madam Rs 800 mein le ke gayi ticket," our arguments about 'high pricing' were easily dismissed. Incidentally, the last time black marketers had a ball was during Dabangg when each ticket sold for as much as Rs 450.

Manoj Desai, owner of the G7 multiplex in Mumbai termed it 'crazy'. "People have been whistling every time Salman is on screen. It is fabulous. We are sold out till next Wednesday. This film will surely break all records. Even the black ticket rates are the highest in the history of cinema," Desai told us.

Salman's hard work seems to have paid off. Anand Vishal, Head of Operations, Fun Cinemas called the response to Ek Tha Tiger 'phenomenal'. "This film has procured the highest sales for Fun Cinemas till date. Till now, it was Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Shows are full till Monday. I will not be surprised if the film crosses the Rs 100-crore mark in supersonic speed. If things go the same way, the film may cross the Rs 150-crore mark by Wednesday," said Vishal.

In fact, according to trade expert Taran Adarsh, this film has put Salman in a league of his own. "And I feel this is just the tip of the iceberg. The real scenario will unfold during Eid. Ek Tha Tiger will not just break all records, it will be the fastest one to do so. As of now, the day one collections have crossed Rs 30 crore," said Adarsh.

From a social network site, we learnt that people (even with pre-booked tickets) were turned back by cops due to full parking lots and uncontrollable mob. Perhaps to avoid such ugly encounters, the film's team, who had earlier planned to go for the first day first show at Gaiety, took a rain check.

However, those close to Salman, revealed that the actor did arrange for a special show for the Being Human kids in Bandra. In fact, after attending the special screening along with Katrina Kaif, he went home to relax.


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Salman hits on Madhuri

When Bollywood superstars and arguably one of the most charismatic on-screen jodis — Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit-Nene are seen together, viewers can't think beyond their blockbuster movie Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (HAHK) and the same happened when Khan along with actress Katrina Kaif visited the set of Colors' Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

Taking a walk down memory lane, Sallu and Mads recreated the magic from HAHK much to the joy of their fans. The two actors reprised the famous Didi Tera Deewana's 'gulel' scene after almost 18 years.
The Bollywood beefcake did admit that after all these years, nothing about Madhuri has changed. While he stood and watched Madhuri dance to the song, we hear that Katrina asked him whether he had forgotten his steps. To which Salman replied, 'I didn't have any steps then, and I don't have any steps now.'
Informs a source, "Salman was at his irresistible best. When Karan Johar confessed that he had tried to use the gulel and failed to hit the bull's eye, Salman not only hit what he had aimed for but claimed to have never missed his mark either."
All we can say is better luck next time KJo!


Salman challenges Katrina

Salman Khan threw a challenge to his former lady love and "Ek Tha Tiger" co-star Katrina Kaif when they visited the sets of "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5". He wanted her to prove her improved Hindi-speaking skills.

Katrina and " Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa" contestant Shibani Dandekar have a tough time speaking in Hindi. However, they have been trying hard to brush up their skills, and believe they have improved a lot.

So, when Salman challenged them to speak in Hindi, Katrina said: "Aap kaise ho (How are you)", to which Shibani replied: "Main ache hai (I am fine), How are you?"

It was enough to impress Salman and he gave the girls a standing ovation!


Katrina's reaction on Salman-Aamir's Andaz

Moving away from the conventional hero-heroine iconic jodi songs, Rithvik and his partner Sneha decided to choose Aamir and Salman as their jodi for their performance in Colors' 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' this week.

Dancing to 'Do mastane chale' from the movie 'Andaz Apna Apna', this duo brought back memories from the movie which made Katrina ask Salman whether this madness had occurred in the movie too.

Enlightening the audiences, Salman said that when Katrina first saw 'Andaaz Apna Apna', she did not understand the movie because she did not understand Hindi. She saw the movie with a straight face without realizing the punches.

The next time she saw it was after polishing her Hindi and that was when she understood the humor and couldn't stop laughing at the antics in the movie. Congratulating Rithvik and Sneha on their performance, Salman confessed that he would never have been able to remember the choreography and was glad that he could relive the madness from back then.


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Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger creates history!

Ek Tha Tiger has not only opened to packed houses, if initial trade reports are to be believed, the movie has set new records on the day 1 of its release. The Salman-Katrina starrer has broken the first day records of Hrithik's Agneepath and SRK's RA.One. The film reportedly amassed over Rs. 30 crore on Wednesday.

"To state that #EkThaTiger has created History would be wrong. Wed figures are BEYOND HISTORIC," tweeted trade expert Taran Adarsh.

"#EkThaTiger Wed biz still being compiled. Yashraj still getting data. So one can only estimate. Anywhere between 32 to 35 cr nett. Ab bolo!" he added.

"#EkThaTiger biz on Wed is humungous, historic. But wait for Eid celebrations. It will create History *again*. Picture abhi baaki hain!" Adarsh's another tweet read.
"The 1st day box office collections of Ek Tha Tiger can be simply termed in one word as 'spectacular'. Something like this has never before happened in Bollywood. The movie made an approx 30 Crores (as per early estimates) on it's Day 1 at the Indian box office. Ek Tha Tiger did not just do good in a few circuits as there is really no circuit where the movie didn't break apart a set record," reports Koimoi.com.

"Ek Tha Tiger has smashed the opening day collections of Hrithik Roshan's Agneepath which had amassed a mammoth 23 Crores. The movie also broke the much hyped Shahrukh Khan's Ra.One opening day record of 25 Crores. Salman is out to break all the box office records ever set in India," adds the website.
Overseas records smashed!

The film is doing outstanding business in overseas market.

"#EkThaTiger storms Overseas markets. Starts with a BANG... UK Wed 96,663 ... Australia Wed A$ 72,617. Mind-blowing figures!" tweeted Adarsh.

"#EkThaTiger in CI circuit, #Bodyguard, till now, was the biggest opener [91.50 lacs]. #EkThaTiger collects 1.38 cr, thus creating History," he added.

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Anupama Chopra's review: Ek Tha Tiger

Ek Tha Tiger
Direction: Kabir Khan
Actors: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad 

Ek Tha Tiger is Salman Khan's best film since Dabangg. But because his last two films were Ready and Bodyguard, the bar is not exactly high. Still,

Ek Tha Tiger has more of a story as well as greater coherence and emotion than both those films put together.

Director and co-writer Kabir Khan takes the larger-than-life Salman Khan persona and wraps it in an engaging story that services it. Of course it's played out like a comic book but if you're willing to suspend disbelief there's fun to be had.

Salman is Tiger, a super-heroic RAW agent who sprints, shoots and crunches bones without a glimmer of worry or sweat. He's also smarter than the ISI baddies he's up against, all of which is established in a kick-ass opening sequence that has nothing to do with the film.

But he is only half a James Bond; unlike 007, Tiger has no women. In fact, he hasn't taken leave in 12 years. But then, a mission involving anti-missile technology takes him to Dublin, where he meets Zoya, played by Katrina Kaif. Tiger's steely resolve is no match for her beguiling smile.

The intrigue goes for a toss and we move into-full blown romance.

I don't want to reveal the plot but the love story doesn't halt the action. The globe-trotting continues from Dublin to Istanbul to Havana.

Tiger continues in his superhuman mode, at one point even stopping a tram with his brute strength. But what's enjoyable is that Katrina also kicks butt.


It's such a pleasure to see a Hindi film heroine not playing a damsel in distress. The action, choreographed by Markos Rounthwaite and Conrad E Palmisano, is spectacular.

There are chases on terraces, runaway trams and lots of smashed cars. It does tend to go on and on.  In places I got really exhausted.

But the screenplay by Kabir and Neelesh Misra requires Salman to emote and play a character. Thankfully, he makes an effort. Of course, he is always in invincible hulk mode -- yes, there is a brief shot of him taking his shirt off -- but there is also sweetness and a touch of vulnerability, especially when he first meets Zoya.

He seems almost perplexed as he falls in love. Katrina doesn't have enough to work with but she works hard to give Zoya some weight. Their romance seems effortless.

In places, Ek Tha Tiger becomes downright silly. So the modus operandi might be to think of it as a fairy tale with spies and guns. And enjoy the ride.


Critics Report: Ek Tha Tiger burning bright

Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad and Roshan Seth
Director: Kabir Khan
Plot Synopsis:
A romantic thriller which tells the story of an Indian secret agent, codenamed Tiger (Salman Khan), who is sent to find out about the activities of a Trinity

College scientist suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan. Tiger falls in love with the professor's caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif) who is studying at a fictional dance academy located at TCD, and together they embark on a roller-coaster journey that takes them from Dublin to Istanbul then to Kazakhstan and Chile.

Critics give a thumbs up to the film with a flare!

SalmanTaran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Rating: 4.5/5
Is Ek Tha Tiger at par/better than the previous Salman starrers? All I'd say is that the comparisons, though inevitable, are erroneous. As a standalone film, Ek Tha Tiger is enthralling and most significantly, an entertaining motion picture. On the exterior, it is a compelling love story/thriller. But beneath the entertainment that it offers, it carries a message as well. Loud and clear. If the spectators can see through the coating, great. Even if they don't, they will yet go back in high spirits.

Kabir Khan's direction is thoughtful, focused and never goes off-track. In fact, Ek Tha Tiger takes the detective genre in Hindi movies to a fresh altitude. Besides, Kabir and co-writer Neelesh Mishra open the cards gradually and the highpoint is the interval point when Salman unravels something shocking. Post interval, the film throws one surprise after another and it reaches its crescendo in the concluding stages, with the climax making a solid impression.

Blemishes? Not really, but, yes, the leisurely unfurling of the love story in the first hour slackens the narrative occasionally. Since the sequences are so cute and the fact that the ones performing them are Salman and Katrina, one doesn't really mind it, actually.

When you have Salman in a movie titled Ek Tha Tiger, the director doesn't need to convince the audience that he is a tiger. Salman looks the part! Clutching the thriller with his dynamic presence and performance, Salman is, without doubt, the lifeline of this film. He pulls off the part with flamboyance. Also, he brings in so much visceral rousing energy to the film, every time he appears on the screen. Salman and Katrina pair up after a hiatus in Ek Tha Tiger and their chemistry is electrifying. Though an out-and-out Salman starrer, Katrina is not relegated to the backseat. Neither is she Salman's arm candy here. She has a meaty part and to her credit, she handles it with aplomb. Also, watch out for her stunts... This is a new Katrina here!

Girish Karnad is excellent. Ranvir Shorey is first-rate. His scenes with Salman are truly wonderful. Roshan Seth is adequate.

On the whole, Ek Tha Tiger is a high-octane thriller that works big time. This one has style and substance, both, besides dazzling action, stunning international locales and stylish execution. Most importantly, it has Salman Khan, the trump card of this enterprise. There's no denying that Salman's charisma has resulted in a mind-blowing, astounding, never-seen-before start at the ticket window, but the film's content will sustain it thereafter. The film has long legs to prolong its splendid run. This is, without doubt, Salman's best. Sure shot Blockbuster!

Roshni Devi, Koimoi.com
KatrinaRating: 3/5 stars

Considering that it's a YRF product, the rest of the movie has enough romance, action and chase sequences to look forward to. Can Zoya and Tiger make it? Watch the movie for the ultimate twist in the tale.

Aditya Chopra's story smartly mixes a spy thriller with a love story which is sort of exciting. Kabir Khan and Neelesh Misra's script has its share of flaws. The story of the scientist in the first half shows Tiger quite inept as a spy and isn't even given a proper conclusion. Also, why RAW decides to help their rogue agent Tiger towards the end is up to the viewers to decide. The movie also seems a bit long with the duo on the run most of the time. Dialogues are good and keep a good dose of humour.

Also, you heave a sigh of relief to see a movie that talks about Pakistan and India and doesn't indulge in jingoism or have a long patriotic tirade about Mera Desh.

Salman Khan is good as Tiger except that his expressions can seem a bit blank at times. Katrina Kaif is lovely as Zoya and smoothly carries off her bubbly and emotional scenes. Though Ranvir Shorey doesn't have much screen time as Tiger's comrade Gopi, he is wonderful in his role. Girish Karnad performs well as Tiger's boss, Shenoy.
Verdict: For those asking, yes, Salman Khan does take off his shirt. Salman fans won't be disappointed by Ek Tha Tiger. For others, it's a fun watch even though it's a bit long. Watch Ek Tha Tiger for Salman Khan at the top of his game and some exciting action scenes.

Gaurav Malani, Times Of India
Verdict: Very Good

Salman Khan is a species that invites admiration and applause in any kind of film format or movie genre. Off late we have seen enough of him in mindless comedies and inflated action flicks. But the Yash Raj banner and, more particularly, director Kabir Khan project him in a sober, suave and sensible way over his patented pedestrian image. And since the film follows a sane storyline over silly slapstick, one is able to appreciate and enjoy it better.

Aditya Chopra sketches his story on the unusual premise of what would happen if an Indian intelligence officer falls in love with a Pakistani spy. The conflicts in the love story come quite naturally through the animosity between the two neighbouring nations, prevalent for decades. On a broader level the film implies how love can overpower all inherent differences. Yet it never makes a very conscious attempt to sound preachy or positive about the state-of-affairs between the countries. Chopra's story is credibly crafted into a riveting screenplay by Neelesh Misra and Kabir Khan.

Director Kabir Khan commendably balances the love story and the spy drama, with each element taking precedence at different junctures in the film as per the requirement.

The beauty of the film is that, though the protagonist goes against his establishment for a girl from a rival country, you still root for him. Their integrity towards each other makes you overlook the fact that the two spies went rogue. Thereby Ek Tha Tiger is more of a rooted romance tale over a mechanical spy-thriller. Where it scores above most Indian espionage flicks (including the recent Agent Vinod) is that fact that though it frequently changes geographical boundaries, the narrative never wanders aimlessly.


Despite a serious spy setup, the film has a very cool sense of humour. The tongue-in-cheek lines often make you smile even in the most unusual circumstances. Aseem Mishra's cinematography lends the film a grace that the genre demands, as he captures the essence of Ireland, Cuba, Istanbul and other countries with elan.

Salman Khan carries an urbane charm and looks uber-cool dressed in formals. He is resourcefully restrained sans his customary buffoonery. His acting ability is best exploited in this film after a long long time. Katina Kaif is gorgeous as always and puts in a confident act. Her agility in action sequences adds to her conviction. And more importantly she shares terrific chemistry with Salman Khan, something that was missing in all their earlier pairings. Ranvir Shorey as Salman's associate makes for a good supporting cast. Girish Karnad and Gavie Chahal lend decent support.

Verdict: Ek Tha Tiger, by far, is Salman Khan's most entertaining and accomplished works in recent times. Hope he takes the correct cues from this film and stays away from mediocrity henceforth.


Blessy Chettiar, DNA
Rating: 3/5
For a change, there's more to Ek Tha Tiger than just comical maar dhaad and a larger than life Salman Khan flattering the audience that loves him so much.

Ek Tha Tiger is an action lover's paradise. Seconds into the film, when you've not even settled well in your seat, there's cigarette ash settling down on screen in slow motion. Tiger has just thrown his first kick, a signal of his arrival. Not to mention the theatre erupts in applause and mirth seeing their favourite Bhai in his element. Many kicks, jumps, punches and gun shots follow in a soiled, yet beautifully shot Iraq. When Tiger isn't travelling, he's busy making neighbours jealous and suspicious of his profession. Then he punches some more so we know all's well with the world.

Even though Salman's screen presence tends to overshadow even the strongest actor, Katrina stands her ground. She manages to impress effortlessly. Girish Karnad's act seems a bit contrived, while we wish Ranvir Shorey had more screen time.

Aseem Mishra's cinematography makes even the dirtiest streets look like they're straight from a Yash Chopra film (hell, this is a Yashraj film!). Istanbul's Blue Mosque, Cuba's street culture, London's Trinity College, everything is captured well enough to add richly to the production value. Then there are some of the best (and long) chase and action sequences, choreographed by Hollywood's Conrad Palmisano, that keep you hooked till the end. Rameshwar S Bhagat's editing is sharp and manages to maintain a consistent pace throughout.

Director Kabir Khan ensures he exploits Salman's screen presence, while also adding substance to all that jazz around. The twists in the tale are enough to keep you from snoozing due to an overdose of action.

Verdict: Salman never fails to entertain and the release of Ek Tha Tiger is aptly timed. This Tiger is sure to bite his way to another box office success. That's not news anymore.

Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar
Rating: 3/5
Reviewing a Salman Khan film is like ironing a pair of jeans: really, what's the point. People will watch it anyway. Filmmakers know this. Having signed up the super-star, they're left to do precious little besides cash in on the supposed 'Sal-mania'. The character isn't important. The audience believes Salman is a character himself. They react to him. They know, in this case, Katrina Kaif is his ex-girlfriend. She talks about him not being married yet. Audience laughs. Any rubbish remake (Bodyguard, Ready) could have sufficed. Ek Tha Tiger, directed by Kabir Khan (Kabul Express, New York) in that sense, is an immensely worthy exception.

For one, the sensible, sorted director's ensured the film has a script. Though only Aditya Chopra (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Rab Ne Banadi Jodi), the credited story writer, could be behind a deeply romantic idea of two secret service agents of rival countries falling desperately in love. One's from the ISI (Pakistan's Inter-services Intelligence), the other from RAW (India's Research And Analysis wing). The heroine looks comfortable in her skin, is gorgeous. The hero is well, after all, the hero. Both, dressed well, profess love under the backdrop of three striking cities: Dublin, Istanbul and Havana. Locations are lovely. Cross-border romance is compelling enough. Chemistry works. You can tell Yashraj, the producers of this film, are trying to merge some of their non-resident South Asian audiences abroad, with Salman Khan's "single screen" viewers back in India. Neither might be disappointed.

At the time of writing this review, it's hard to estimate the film's box-office receipts. Yet, never in my recent memory have I stood in a long line, all the way outside a mall, trying to get into a packed multiplex, with a ticket bought in advance, for a 9 am show! And this is only Independence Day. Eid is yet to come. There is still a whole weekend to go. As they say, "Jab khuda mehrbaan..." Well, I would rather not finish that sentence.

Verdict: At least this Salman film was worth it. For the first time since Chulbul Pandey (Dabangg), the actor's played a character, which to begin with is saying a lot.

Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV
Rating: 3.5/5

Ek Tha Tiger poses no such worries. A smartly scripted, crisply edited and stylishly mounted love story cloaked in the garb of an espionage thriller, it makes enough sense for the most part to blow away the air of scepticism.

While it is essentially a genre film designed to carpet bomb the audience with all the known tricks of the crowd-pleasing trade, it distances itself appreciably from the established norms of the action-packed Salman Khan movies that have raked in big bucks in recent years.

Ek Tha Tiger delivers implausible superhero stunts galore. However, its punch lines are kept on a leash and the romantic bonding between the hero and his lady love, which drives much of the film, isn't allowed to degenerate into treacly kitsch.

Acting wise, the superstar delivers no major surprises barring the sustained restraint that he exercises in fleshing out the persona of a tough spy who has no real name until it is revealed right at the end of the film. The role is tailor-made for Salman and he goes through the motions without missing a trick.

He is aided, of course, by the no-nonsense screenplay (jointly authored by director Kabir Khan and journalist-turned-lyricist Neelesh Misra). The believable twists and turns that it throws up all the way through to the end keep the pot on the boil even when the heat threatens to dip.

The action sequences, shot on locations as far apart as Zakho in northern Iraq, Istanbul Dublin and Havana, are invested with a high cool quotient. Ek Tha Tiger has stunts that come close to taking your breath away. It's a Salman Khan vehicle after all.

Ek Tha Tiger isn't what one whould rate as great cinema, but it isn't just harmless fun. The pacifist message dovetailed into its core lends the film a far greater degree of relevance than Bollywood spy thrillers generally strive for.

Verdict: Ek Tha Tiger has enough zing, visual and otherwise, to keep you in your seats for its runtime of a little over two hours.


Salman Khan talks about Ek Tha Tiger, Katrina Kaif and Rs. 100 cr club

He pulls her leg at every opportunity he gets, she's probably the only person allowed to make fun of him in public.

Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan could have been Bollywood's ultimate power couple, but the 'close friends' haven't lost an iota of the chemistry that makes them sizzle

on-screen in the upcoming action thriller Ek Tha Tiger.

As they stop over at the HT Cafe office for a tell-all session, we get to see the Sallu-Kat magic up close and personal.

You've teamed up with Katrina after a long time. Does she seem different?
Katrina: Congratulations! You get the medal for the 500th time this question has been asked in the past few days (laughs).
Salman: Haan, bas thodi lambi ho gayi hai (Just that she has grown taller now).
Katrina: Yeah, I was a growing girl. I don't know. I've grown up completely. Or, maybe not!

As a person or as an actor?
Katrina: If I were to say that I've grown completely as a person that would sound a bit funny. I haven't realised how much time has passed. Years go by so quickly.


When you first worked with Salman, you were starting out in the industry. Now, you are a huge star. How has your equation changed?
: When I walk onto the sets now, Salman will stand up or he will kick me (laughs). It's exactly the same. He thinks that when I talk, I don't make sense. One day he'll get the genius of my statements. But the main difference is before, when he would try and improvise with our lines, I'd get a heart attack. Now, I'll say, 'okay, give me a minute.

Aamir Khan says Ek Tha Tiger is more than just Salman Khan.
Salman: More than Salman Khan? He wants to take credit for it? Salman Khan is Salman Khan.
Katrina: You can write Salman Khan in a big font, and then, give credit to Katrina Kaif, Kabir Khan and Aditya Chopra in small letters.
Salman: Sabse chotte wale toh tere (The tiniest font for you).

Salman Khan

Salman, you shot this film when you were unwell. Was it tough?
Salman: No, it was easy. I've been handling the pain for the last eight years. But, I had surgery recently, so I had to be careful.

Apparently a few body doubles were used.
Salman: We have to use body doubles for rehearsals. Agar 10 baar jump karna hai toh kaheko 10 baar jump karo yaar (If I have to give the same jumping shot 10 times, why should I do it myself?) Doing the action scenes was difficult because when we designed them, we thought it would be hot. But when we started shooting (in England), the temperature was below 0 degrees, and I was wearing t-shirts all through. All the fighters around me were wrapped in jackets and I was the only one shooting in a t-shirt.

You often visited a caf called Del-Mar when you were shooting in Mardin, Turkey. Now, they're calling it Salman Khan Caf.
Salman: (surprised) They are? We ate there once and I liked the ambience, so we used to hang out there. They wanted to learn different cuisines, and found Indian food interesting. So, I had my chef teach them. The owner was very sweet. He used to chant with this tasbi (a religious beaded chain), which he gave me when I left. I took it on the condition that I would return it the next time we met.

What have you learned from Ek Tha Tiger?
Salman: It's a good question, but I don't know how to answer it. Aisa lag raha hai ki hum spiritual class ke andar mein hai (Seems like we're sitting in some spiritual class). We've had many years of experience in filmmaking. We know where the director is going to place the camera, what we have to say, etc. With this film, we knew it would be good, but we didn't expect this kind of action.
Katrina: You didn't learn anything from me?
Salman: Shut up, yaar.

Katrina, does it help to have the biggest action hero next to you? Did he give you tips?
Katrina: There was one point in the film, where we were doing the kicks, where I was not very comfortable. Though it was all choreographed, I wasn't able to remember the sequence. Salman asked me to treat it like a dance. That was the best tip — make it like a dance step and then worry about the pose.

Katrina Kaif in the song, Mashallah from Ek Tha Tiger.

The ticket prices for your films have increased. How do you react to this?
Salman: I don't like these things, but it's not in my control now.

So are you trying to sort it out?
Katrina: Are you talking about this 'Rs 20 extra' thing?
Salman: Mujhe samajh mein aata hai ye badi rakam Being Human ko kyun nahi de sakte. (I don't understand why this money cannot be given to Being Human).

On the subject of sequels, lots of people want to see a second part to Andaz Apna Apna.
: For Andaz Apna Apna, I think they must make a sequel.
Salman: Nahi! Andaz Apna Apna nahi yaar. (No sequel for this one). Initially, when Katrina saw the film, she
didn't understand a word. She was sitting with a straight face and asking me what was so funny. Fir baad mein jab inhe Hindi samajh mein aayi toh, inhone wapas film dekhi (later, when she started learning Hindi, she realised what was so funny).

Would you like to do it again, Salman?
Salman: The film was a disaster. It didn't even last four days in the theatres. Now everybody likes it. But it's been 20 years since the first movie, so the sequel has to be at least 10 times better.

Katrina, you haven't signed any films after Dhoom 3. Are you taking a break?
Katrina: I've never signed films more than eight to nine months in advance.
Salman: Yaar aisa lagta hai ki teen saal aage ki planning kar rahe hain, fayada kya hai? (It seems like we've got to plan for the next three years. What's the point?)

So, is Sohail's film, Sher Khan, finally on track?
Salman: We have two scripts ready, but we haven't decided which one to start yet. We still have two months to think about it. Sher Khan requires a lot of hard work, especially from me.

Is it going to be made in 3D?
Salman: No.

What are your expectations from Ek Tha Tiger after giving back-to-back hits in the recent past?
Salman: What do you want me to say? Inshallah, the film should be a disaster? You want me to say that it has been horribly made and I'll kill you if you even enter the theatre?

We're asking about the Rs. 100cr club.
Salman: The ticket prices have increased, there are many theatres and even more fans. Business should increase. Today, you're emphasising on the Rs. 100 cr club. Tomorrow it will be Rs. 200 cr, then Rs. 300 cr. India is a growing nation. Finally there's electricity in many villages.

(Transcribed by Shalvi Mangaokar, Soumya Vajpayee and Sumedha Deo)

Tiger takes on the other Khans

How many people have asked you about Shah Rukh Khan?
Katrina: No one.
Salman: You are the first one. It's not right to ask such questions. Unki picturein hain usme mera kya role hai? (What's my role in his films?) He has nothing to do with my films.

Salman Khan with Shah Rukh Khan.

But SRK has always asked about you.
: Poor guy, I feel bad for him.

Your film is coming up, then there's Aamir's Talaash and after that, SRK's film will release. The industry is already talking about which Khan will make the most money. Does that bother you?
Salman: I'm happy when anybody makes money. Just don't lose money. Films should do well and people should praise you.

In between, there were talks with Atul (Agnihotri) about a sequel to Bodyguard. Are you still working on it?
Salman: It's a difficult sequel to make. We need to make a sequel to No Entry. It's an outstanding script.

Salman on why he doesn't answer fan mail: I remember the autographed photo that I got from Jeetendra sahib, which somebody gave me saying it was personally sent for me. I was really proud, and for many years, I thought it was true.

My team reads the letters and if there's anything interesting, they bring it to me. Beech mein sab blood-shlood ke letters aane shuru ho gaye the. Yeh pata nahi kiska aur kahan ka blood tha par blood tha. (We started receiving letters written in blood. Now, who knows whose blood or what kind of blood it was?)

To put an end to that, we stopped replying.

Salman Khan on Being Human Foundation: He is known for his largesse, having set up the Being Human Foundation to fund his charity work. Salman Khan admits that the education system has become "hugely commercialised" and "Being Human will do something in this sphere soon".

Salman Khan

He says, "I hope children study at least till the seventh or eighth grade. Thodi bahut English, Hindi aur Marathi seekhlein (they should learn a little English, Hindi and Marathi). Being Human is trying to do something along these lines. Education that goes up to R10 lakh is out of reach. When I was in school, we paid R5 in the fifth standard, R6 in the sixth and so on till we passed high school," recalls the actor, who is gearing up for the release of his next Eid biggie, Ek Tha Tiger.

Ask the actor for more details on the project, and he says: "Itna bol diya hai, bas ho gaya. (I've said this much, that's enough)."

Salman is also expected to produce and act in the Hindi remake of director-producer Mahesh Manjrekar's Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho. The 2010 Marathi film focuses on the loopholes in the Indian education system a la 3 Idiots.

Salman explains, "The Hindi remake will have to be a commercial film, and not a documentary. It may fetch a National Award, but what's the point if no one goes to the theatre to watch the movie, and instead watches it on DVD? People should buy tickets, enjoy the film and spread the word. And whatever money is eventually collected from the ticket sales should be given to a charitable trust."


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Salman Khan's 'Ek Tha Tiger' roars; Box Office collection estimated around Rs 35 cr

Mumbai: Salman Khan's most awaited film 'Ek Tha Tiger' might have received mixed response from critics, but the Kabir Khan film has kept the Box Office ringing since its release.
produced by Yash Raj Films, ETT has been shot at expensive locales spread across 5 countries. The Rs 75 crore budget film has reportedly made a business of Rs 32 crore on the first day itself!

Popular trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to write, "#EkThaTiger Wed biz still being compiled. Yashraj still getting data. So one can only estimate. Anywhere between 32 to 35 cr nett. Ab bolo!(sic), and added, "To state that #EkThaTiger has created History would be wrong. Wed figures are BEYOND HISTORIC(sic)."

The film has received unprecedented response in just a day's time. Wonder what the weekend will unfold!


Being logical is boring, says 'Tiger' Salman Khan

New Delhi: Forty six year old Salman Khan keeps swiveling his chair like a restless child. Swiveling, much like his mind - one minute the actor is claiming, 'doing a movie with Katrina is a big pakao thing' and the next, he is aggressively talking about a journalist who reported wrong facts - all this, LIVE on national television (CNN-IBN). He needs a gentle reminder by his former girlfriend and 'Ek Tha Tiger' co-star Katrina Kaif every now and then - sometimes to stop swiveling his chair, and at other, to stop swiveling his mind and making statements that could end up scripting headlines the next day. But then, this 'Dabangg' star is used to making headlines. Let's not forget that much before he became the darling of Bollywood's 100 crore club, he'd been in news for his legal wrangles (He was arrested for rash and negligent driving in 2002 when his car rammed into a Mumbai bakery causing the death of one person and injuring three others. 2006 saw him trooping to the court for hunting down the endangered Chinkara.) There were also reports of the star harassing Aishwarya Rai back in 2002 following their break-up.

But that's all history! Ask the thousands of Salman Khan fans who have crowned this star as a superstar and he in turn has proclaimed himself as the champion of Being Human. (By the by, for those interested Noorulla Mahboob Sharif was the name of the man who died on a footpath in 2002 when Salman Khan's car ran over him.) And his fans love him; perhaps, for being fallible like them, for occasionally being in the wrong like them, for being reactionary like them, for being human and hence, not always purely logical like them.

'Kabir (Khan) is in that logical zone, and I think logical zone is boring,' says Salman about the reported difference of opinion between his 'Ek Tha Tiger' director and himself. He goes on to defend his world - 'Everything is logical, but logical in a logical way, on a very larger than life.' Katrina cuts him in at this point (keep reading to find out what Katrina said.)

Ek Tha Tiger: 10 things you need to know before watching it

The film that stars Salman as an Indian spy on the run (who must battle the danger of falling in love in between - or so the promos seem to suggest) is expected to be the star's next big blockbuster. 'My cinema is at the best, most realistic cinema, it's the happiest form of cinema, it's an art, it's an art to see that that the country goes in the correct direction,' Salman defends himself when Katrina questions his logic. It is slightly unnerving to imagine Salman Khan's pot-boilers being the blueprint for the country and the direction it heads in. But let's, for a minute, imagine a world where people take a cue from say Chulbul Pandey of 'Dabangg' - Will all problems be resolved by fights? Will girls be threatened into accepting proposals? (reference to his dialogue: Pyaar se de rahe hai rakh lo warna thapad marr ke bhi de sakte hai) And will we have to have the Munnis to get badnaam?

"Look at 'Ready!' 'Ready' is like a family which is a happy family together. And the other family is a bad family which they convert into good family," Salman explains the goodness in his kind of cinema where everything seems to filter down to monochromes of either black or white, but the grey, grainy and gritty details of the reality seem to be missing. 'For example all my films. You might think that's heroism, I don't think that's heroism, I think that's being normal,' claims Salman. His many larger than life action sequences from his many blockbuster films might be the perfect recipe to get the crowds whistling but that being dubbed as normal is once again, simply unnerving.

Yet to paint him in black and white would be like making the same (and grave mistake) that he seems to have a tendency for. He might seem to be impulsive and reactionary but one cannot ignore the fact that he is a very successful star who not only has a strong clout in the industry but who is also said to be involved in many charitable projects.

He is the kind of star who wears a very casual dark blue shirt, with plain dark blue pants and matches it with a casual, chunky yellow watch but (perceivably) expects to be acknowledged as a superstar. While on one hand, he is known for his mercurial temperament, on the other, he has his friends and team who swear by him (in this case it was a public relations executive who vouched for him being extremely cooperative while promoting the film and one simply couldn't ignore Salman's bodyguard of many years, Shera, who was physically shifty as he ensured everything went smoothly around bhai).

Interestingly, what Katrina Kaif said about his sense of logic when she interrupted him (mentioned earlier in this piece) perhaps best defines the being of Salman Khan - ".logic on a scale as if life was a fairytale and if we could do anything we wanted in life. Life is made of dreams." And who knows what goes around in Salman Khan's dream world!

(Vanita Singh is Associate Features Editor at CNN-IBN)

DISCLAIMER: All quotes are from Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's interview to CNN-IBN.


Edited by -Preeti- - 16 August 2012 at 9:48am

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