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Tiger is an Indian media franchise, consisting of two Bollywood films and a graphic novel series. The original work is 2012 film, named Ek Tha Tiger, directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Yash Raj Films.[1] It centers on a fictional character, an Indian spy (RAW) named "Tiger", who falls in love with a Pakistani spy (ISI).[2] It has a sequel named Tiger Zinda Hai, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, that released on 22 December 2017.[3] The sequel is based on the 2014 abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL.[4] The first film also spawned a series of graphic novels, published by Yomics World.

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Created byAditya Chopra
Original workEk Tha Tiger
Print publications
ComicsEk Tha Tiger: Saving The High Seas
Ek Tha Tiger: Caught In The Web
Films and television
Film(s)Ek Tha Tiger
Tiger Zinda Hai
Video game(s)Ek Tha Tiger (Android game)
Ek Tha Tiger (Windows game)
Soundtrack(s)Ek Tha Tiger



Ek Tha Tiger (2012)Edit

An agent code-named "Tiger" (Salman Khan) – India's top spy and an officer of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – is conducting a mission in northern Iraq. Tiger is forced to kill one of his own men who has defected to Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). He subsequently kills many ISI agents in his escape from Iraq. Tiger returns to India and reports to his boss, Shenoy (Girish Karnad), in New Delhi. He is immediately sent on a mission to Dublin to observe a scientist of Indian origin, Professor Anwar Jamaal Kidwai (Roshan Seth), who teaches at Trinity College and is suspected of sharing his findings with the Pakistani defence establishment. Fellow RAW agent Gopi (Ranvir Shorey) accompanies Tiger on this mission. Tiger meets the scientist but fails to spend enough time for his observance and instead begins to spend time with the scientist's caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif), who is studying at a local dance academy. He tries to befriend Zoya to extract information, but begins to discover his human side as he grows closer to her. Tiger is attacked and robbed at his residence by a person suspected to be an ISI agent. Gopi repeatedly warns Tiger not to fall in love with Zoya, but his love cannot be stopped. Tiger asks Zoya for a date and there they both came to know about their feelings for each other. Before telling her his feelings, during a visit to dance academy, Tiger discovers that Zoya is an ISI agent and refuses to commit treason on Pakistan when he asks. Instead of killing Zoya, Tiger lets her go.

Some time later, Tiger and Zoya meet again at a UN Foreign Minister's Meeting in Istanbul when Zoya signals to him using a cryptic message. They decide to leave everything for their love and fool their respective agencies by taking a flight to Cuba, having told their agencies that they are in Kazakhstan. Some years later, their agencies trace Zoya and Tiger due to a CCTV recording. They track them down in Havana, Cuba, and the ISI agents catch Zoya. Tiger meets Gopi, who is searching for him for RAW, and having lied to Gopi that both Tiger and Zoya intend to return to India and cooperate with RAW, convinces Gopi to save Zoya from the ISI agents. Instead of returning to India, the pair trick Gopi and escape aboarding an aeroplane. Tiger calls Shenoy, who tells him that RAW will find both spies. Tiger tells Shenoy that they will only return when Pakistan and India no longer need ISI and RAW. In the epilogue, several images of Tiger and Zoya in cities including Venice, Cape Town, Zurich and London are shown, where sightings of them have been reported. But neither agencies could catch them.

Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)Edit

A sequel titled Tiger Zinda Hai was announced on 13 September 2016. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reprise their roles from the first film. In this film, Tiger is presumed to be dead by both the agencies, but it turns out that he is alive and fighting by himself against a global terror organization.[3] This sequel is based on the 2014 abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL.[4] Indian agent Tiger and Pakistani agent Zoya join forces in the name of humanity, against the militant messiah Abu Usman. Tiger Zinda Hai is an espionage action drama that follows a daring rescue mission in Iraq.

Unititled Third "Tiger" film (2021)Edit

A third film and the last film of the franchise is currently under development and Ali Abbas Zafar will return as the director and will start scripting the film after the release his another film Bharat with Salman Khan which is an official adaption of the 2014 South Korean film Ode to My Father.

Cast and charactersEdit

Character Film
Ek Tha Tiger
Tiger Zinda Hai
The End of Tiger
Avinash Singh Rathore (Tiger) Salman Khan
Zoya Humaini Katrina Kaif
Shenoy Girish Karnad
Captain Abrar Gavie Chahal
Indian minister Ashok Awasthi Siddhartha Basu
Gopi Ranvir Shorey
Professor Anwar Jamaal Kidwai Roshan Seth
Abrar’s assistant Avinash Badal
Amelie Lisa Byrne
Tokas Ahran Chaudhary
Cuban guard Jawed El Berni
Brad Justin Fuentes
ISI agent Feroz Troi Ge
Pakistani misister Zarksis Khandhadia
Cuban boxer Oscar Navin
News reporter Juhi Parmar
Bagga Rajender Sethi
Rabinder Samar Jai Singh
Abu Usman Sajjad Delfrooz
Namit Angad Bedi
Firdouz Paresh Rawal
Azaan Paresh Paahuja
Rakesh Kumud Mishra
Hakim Najmeddin Al Hadad
An arms dealer Erdal Beşikçioğlu


Occupation Film
Ek Tha Tiger
Tiger Zinda Hai
Tiger 3 film
Director Kabir Khan Ali Abbas Zafar Ali Abbas Zafar
Producer(s) Aditya Chopra
Screenplay Kabir Khan
Neelesh Misra
Ali Abbas Zafar
Neelesh Misra
Ali Abbas Zafar
Aditya Chopra
Story Aditya Chopra
Composer(s) Songs:
Sohail Sen
Background Score:
Julius Packiam
Background Score:
Julius Packiam
Cinematography Aseem Mishra Marcin Laskawiec
Editor Rameshwar S. Bhagat

Release and revenueEdit

Film Release date Budget Box office revenue
Ek Tha Tiger 15 August 2012 ₹750 million[5] ($14 million) ₹3.344 billion[6] ($63 million)
Tiger Zinda Hai 22 December 2017 ₹2.1 billion ($32 million) ₹5.7 billion ($87.32 million)[7]
The End of Tiger 21 December 2020 TBA [8]
Total ₹2.85 billion ($46 million) ₹9.044 billion ($150.32 million)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Ek Tha Tiger (2012)Edit

Year Ceremony Category Recipient Result
2012 People's Choice Awards India 2012[9] Favourite Movie Ek Tha Tiger Won
Favourite Movie Actor Salman Khan
Favourite Movie Actress Katrina Kaif
Favourite Action Movie Actor Salman Khan
Favourite Song of The Year "Mashallah"
Favourite Action Movie Ek Tha Tiger Nominated
3rd BIG Star Entertainment Awards[10] BIG Star Most Entertaining FILM OF THE YEAR Kabir Khan/Aditya Chopra Won
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – Male Salman Khan
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Film – Female Katrina Kaif
BIG Star Most Entertaining Music Sajid-Wajid/Sohail Sen
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Role – Male Salman Khan Nominated
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Male
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor (Film) – Male
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – Female Katrina Kaif
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Female
BIG Star Most Entertaining Thriller Film Kabir Khan/Aditya Chopra
BIG Star Most Entertaining Action Film
BIG Star Most Entertaining Director – Film Kabir Khan
2013 Golden Kela Awards[11] Worst Director Kabir Khan
Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award Ek Tha Tiger
(along with other films)
Ghanta Awards[12] Worst Actor Salman Khan
(with Dabangg 2)
Worst Actress Katrina Kaif
(with Jab Tak Hai Jaan)

Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)Edit

Year Ceremony Category Recipient Result
2018 63rd Filmfare Awards[13] Best Action Tom Struthers Won

Graphic novelsEdit

  • A grapc titled Ek Tha Tiger: Mahasagar Ki Suraksha (English: Ek Tha Tiger: Saving The High Seas) was published in 2012 by Yomics. Post release, the comic failed to generate a positive word-of-mouth. Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama commended the comics' design but said that the main story failed to meet his expectations of a deeper plot, exciting narrative and a tighter script.[14]
  • Another graphic novel named Ek Tha Tiger: Caught In The Web has been published in 2012 by Yomics, which also features some Hum Tum characters.[15]


  • An android game base on the 2012 film has been released on the same year.[16][17]
  • Another game based on the 2012 film has been released on the same year, which is a Windows version game published by skf.[18]


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  3. ^ a b "Exclusive: It's official! Katrina Kaif opposite Salman Khan in 'Tiger Zinda Hai'". DNA India. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "The real story of Tiger Zinda Hai: How India got 46 nurses back from ISIS". 7 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Ek Tha Tiger: It's Salman's show all the way". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Tiger Zinda Hai Box Office Collection". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Tiger 3 (2020)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  9. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2012". Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "3rd Annual BIG Star Entertainment Awards Nominations". Pinkvilla. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Golden Kela Awards 2012 Nominations". Hindustan Times. 17 December 2012. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Ghanta Awards Nominations". Ghanta Awards. 9 January 2013. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  13. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2018: Complete List Of Winners". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Comic book Review: Ek Tha Tiger – Dhoom Redux 893". Bollywood Hungama. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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