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Tiger Zinda Hai (lit. Tiger is alive) is a 2017 Indian action thriller[4] film, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and co-written by Neelesh Misra.[5][6] The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Sajjad Delfrooz in leading roles, with Angad Bedi, Kumud Mishra, Nawab Shah, Ivan Rodrigues, Girish Karnad and Paresh Rawal in supporting roles.[7][8] The film is the sequel to the 2012 film Ek Tha Tiger and the second installment of the Tiger film series,[9] and is based on the 2014 abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL.[10]

Tiger Zinda Hai
Tiger Zinda Hai poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAli Abbas Zafar
Produced byAditya Chopra
Screenplay byNeelesh Misra
Ali Abbas Zafar
StarringSalman Khan
Katrina Kaif
Narrated bySalman Khan and Ayush Shuka
Music byScore:
Julius Packiam[1]
Songs:
Vishal-Shekhar
CinematographyMarcin Laskawiec
Edited byRameshwar S. Bhagat
Production
company
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 22 December 2017 (2017-12-22)
Running time
161 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget210 crore[2]
Box officeest. 545.83 crore[3]

The first look of the poster was revealed by Salman Khan through his official Twitter account on 18 October 2017 on the occasion of Diwali.[11] The official trailer was released on 7 November.[12] The film was released on 22 December 2017.[13] With a budget of 2.1 billion (US$29 million),[2] it is the one of the most expensive Hindi films and one of the most expensive Indian films of all time. It has grossed more than 5 billion (US$70 million) at the box office,[14] becoming one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. At the 63rd Filmfare Awards, Tom Struthers won the Filmfare Award for Best Action.[15]

A sequel is currently under development, director Ali Abbas Zafar will start working on the script after the release of his film Bharat.

Contents

PlotEdit

6 years have passed since the events of the previous film, Tiger (Salman Khan) and Zoya (Katrina Kaif) are leading a mundane yet peaceful life, in a secluded place, away from the prying eyes of the RAW & ISI. Officially declared dead in the files of RAW & ISI, Tiger and Zoya are now married and even have a son, Junior (Sartaaj Kakkar). The world believes that they have seen the last of Tiger and Zoya when danger strikes in the form of a powerful, yet an unknown enemy, throwing their life in a chaos.

During a dark night in Iraq, an American journalist types a warning message to CIA before he is slaughtered by some ISC guards. While carrying a rally in Ikrit, ISC leader Abu Usman (Sajjad Delafrooz) is shot in the arm by the Iraqi Army and taken to the city hospital. Abu Usman holds hostage of the Indian and Pakistani nurses and makes the hospital as his base. The US decides to launch an airstike at the city to kill Usman. Indian nurse Maria (Neha Hinge) calls the Indian Embassy in Baghdad, informing about the incident.

The CIA give RAW chairman Shenoy (Girish Karnad) seven days of time to rescue the nurses after which they will hold the airstrike. Shenoy feels that only Tiger would be able to rescue the nurses. Based on the clues available, Shenoy locates Tiger and Zoya in Innsbruck. Several days later, Tiger is briefed by Shenoy, who informs him about the abduction of nurses. Though Tiger is reluctant at first, he sets to carry the mission after Zoya's insistance.

Tiger travels to Syria and assembles his own gang of RAW members consisting of Azaan (Paresh Pahuja), an expert sniper, Namit (Angad Bedi), an experienced bomb disposer and Rakesh (Kumud Mishra), a hacker. They reach an oil refinery controlled by Al Amir Baghdawi (Sal Yusuf), ISC's second-in-command, but face difficulty after the arrival of Firdauz aka 'Tohbaan' ('snake' in Arabic), who checks the workers. One day, Tiger rescues Hassan (Jineet Rath), a child who is sent by Usman as a human bomb. That night, Tiger and his gang set a controlled explosion in the refinery and pretend to get burned so that they are taken to the hospital.

En route, they are joined by ISI members Captain Abrar (Gavie Chahal) and Captain Javed (Danish Bhatt). Firdauz reveals that he is a secret RAW agent. They go to the hospital while Zoya leaves Tiger to first kill Baghdavi and his troops which she does with the help of some Syrian girls.

At the hospital, Rakesh poisons the food. On the day of the airstrike, Usman's troops are food poisoned. Tiger fights the troops but finds Usman with Zoya which causes him to surrender. Tiger is tortured in a gas chamber but later escapes and rescues the nurses. Azaan dies during the fight. As they escape, Firdauz and Karan who is also a RAW member and Shenoy's most trusted person crashes an oil tanker which kills ISC members.

Tiger stabs and wounds Usman in a fierce encounter and moves to rescue Zoya who insists Tiger to leave her for the sake of Junior. A missile, launched by American drones, blows the chamber. Tiger dresses everyone in the execution robes for a safe passage out of Ikrit. Javed raises Indian and Pakistani flags above the bus with the nurses keeping Azaan's promise while Firdauz takes Usman to a desert and shoots him.

One year later, Shenoy is called by Tiger from Greece. A flashback shows that Tiger broke the chain and rescued Zoya and escaped, knowing that RAW and ISI wouldn't leave them be if they returned with the nurses. It's revealed that Tiger and Zoya have adopted Hassan. Though Tiger goes into hiding once again, he assures Shenoy that he will always be there for his country.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Filming took place in Abu Dhabi, Austria, Greece and Morocco.[21] The last song of the movie was shot in the Aegean island of Naxos, Greece in October 2017.[22] Iranian actor Sajjad Delafrooz was roped in to play the role of Abu Usman, leader of terrorist organisation ISC.[18] Sajjad Delafrooz had worked in the 2015 Hindi film Baby.[23]

The film's production budget is reportedly 140 crore (US$19 million),[2]excluding Salman Khan's fees.[24] This would make it one of the most expensive Yash Raj Films productions, along with Dhoom 3, Sultan and Thugs of Hindostan.[24]

Sets LocationEdit

Location of Sets in Abu Dhabi:

https://goo.gl/maps/xr13XXMPvmP2

Marketing and releaseEdit

The film's trailer was released on 6 November 2017. Within 24 hours, it broke many records for Hindi film trailers on YouTube, with more than 29 million views, 480 thousand likes and 250 thousand shares.[25] On 11 November, it became the most liked film trailer on YouTube with 700 thousand likes, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) then.[26] The record was later surpassed by the trailer of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) with about 2 million likes.[27]

The film was released on 22 December 2017 worldwide. The film received U/A certificate from Central Board of Film Certification.[28] Despite having a song featuring Pakistani singer Atif Aslam, the film has not been given No-Objection Certificate by Central Board of Film Censors in Pakistan, stating the reason as was said for Ek Tha Tiger that "The image of Pakistan and its law enforcement agencies" have been compromised.[29][30]

Tiger Zinda Hai was in controversy on its release and faced protests from Valmiki community,[31] when Salman Khan allegedly made a casteist slur, where he compared his dancing skills to a sanitation worker, "or "bhangi" in a dance show. Shilpa Shetty also laughed along with him, and said that she also looked like one.[32] Valmiki group is made up of a cluster of dalit communities — a few of whom are Bhangi, Mehtar, Chuhra, Lal Beghi and Halalkhor. Valmiki community filed a legal case against both actors for hurting their sentiments.[33]

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena also unsuccessfully protested urging Mumbai multiplexes to promote Marathi film Deva instead of Tiger Zinda Hai.[34] Their leaders raised issue about the loss of screens to Marathi films like Deva and Ek Atrangi which released alongside.[35]

Critical receptionEdit

Tiger Zinda Hai opened to generally favourable reviews.[36] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave 4.5 stars, and said "Salman is the lifeline, the real treasure of Tiger Zinda Hai. He sinks his teeth into the character and, in several sequences, peels off the mask of super-stardom and brings the actor to the fore. Katrina is in solid form, in action sequences specifically. Commands attention."[37] Umesh Punwani of Koimoi gave 4 stars, and said "Katrina Kaif is brilliant! She has very few dialogues, and no that's not the reason she's good. Working amazingly well with her expressions, she has turned into an athlete for this one. Performing few major action sequences, she is flawless."[38] Aarti Jhurani of The National gave 4 stars, and said "While logic is not a very important factor in Khan's films, emotions certainly are, and the director made sure to hit all the soft spots – from patriotism to Indo-Pakistan bonding to a multitude of cheesy dialogues – which is a smart move, and sure to bring in both Indian and Pakistani audiences."[39] Lasyapriya Sundaram of The Times of India gave 3.5 stars, and said "The film is visually stunning in parts and Salman Khan plays Tiger with roaring confidence and dialogues packed with punch. Of course, his fans get a true-blue Salman Khan moment when he bares his torso."[40] Rachit Gupta of Filmfare gave 3.5 stars, and said "It may look like a Hollywood action thriller, but at its heart, Tiger Zinda Hai is an unabashed masala movie. The heady mixture of an international looking action film and the regular tropes of Hindi cinema make it a pleasing watch."[41]

Rohit Bhatnagar of Deccan Chronicle gave 3 stars, and said "Ali Abbas Zafar smoothly takes Ek Tha Tiger franchise ahead by telling a real story and inserting whole lot of drama and thrill. The film also touches upon relationships between India and Pakistan but subtly. The biggest hiccup of the film is its length."[42] Rajeev Masand of News 18 gave 3 stars, and said "The film has some thrilling action, while logic and subtlety are sacrificed at the altar of spectacle and sentiment. Katrina gets some terrific action moments and she executes them well, but make no mistake, the heavy lifting here is left to Salman Khan, and he's clearly up for the challenge."[43] Richa Barua of Asianet News gave the film a rating of 4.5 stars, and states that the film "keeps you glued to the seats."[44]

Raja Sen of NDTV India gave 2.5 stars, and said "Tiger Zinda Hai breaks for intermission at a point when most self-respecting action films would have rushed into the climax. Long before the finish eventually rolled around, I found myself wishing Tiger would croak just so I could make it out alive."[45] Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times gave 2.5 stars, and said "It's better for the filmmakers to set a character trajectory that matches the star's current image rather than basking in the glory of the past."[46] Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost gave 2.5 stars, stating that both Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif delivered fun with equal parts swag, silliness and schmaltz.[47] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express gave 2.5 stars, and said "Only once in a while, the film gives in and provides us a killing which sobers us up, but very quickly it's back to the base, with Bhai taking over, and everyone including Nurse Poorna and Zoya making way for him. But you can see she enjoys kicking butt: you wish she had more to do."[48]

Box officeEdit

Tiger Zinda Hai made a new non-holiday record in India as it collected 34.1 crore nett on its first day.[49] It went on to collect ₹35.30 crore nett gross on second day. The film recorded the second highest day of all time (after third day of Bahubali 2: The Conclusion's Hindi-dub) on its third day with nett of ₹45.53 crore and the highest ever for the Hindi film industry.[50] With three day nett collections of over ₹1.14 billion, Tiger Zinda Hai had the second highest opening weekend of all time (after Bahubali 2: The Conclusion) and the highest opening weekend of all time in the Bollywood film industry.[51] Tiger Zinda Hai netted Rs 154 crore in its first four days in India.[52][53]

Tiger Zinda Hai grossed $2 million in two days, $450,000 on day one in US/Canada and around £150,000 in the UK.[54] The film grossed $7 million in its opening weekend in overseas, including $2,535,825 in US/Canada.[55][56] The film grossed 190 crore worldwide in its opening weekend.[57] As of 25 February 2018, the film has grossed US$87.32 million[14] (569 crore)[58] worldwide, including 434.82 crore[59] (US$67.11 million)[14] in India, and US$20.3 million (128.9 crore) overseas.[60]

SoundtrackEdit

Tiger Zinda Hai
Soundtrack album by
Released12 December 2017 (2017-12-12)
Recorded2017
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length25:29
LanguageHindi
LabelYRF Music
ProducerAditya Chopra
Vishal–Shekhar chronology
Befikre
(2016)
Tiger Zinda Hai
(2017)
Raazi
(2018)
External audio
  Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music of the film is composed by Vishal-Shekhar while lyrics are penned by Irshad Kamil. The background score is composed by Julius Packiam. The first song of the film titled as Swag Se Swagat which is sung by Vishal Dadlani and Neha Bhasin and arranged & produced by Meghdeep Bose[61] was released on 21 November 2017. It has become the most-liked Bollywood song on YouTube and the fastest Bollywood song to cross 100 million views on YouTube. The second song of the film, Dil Diyan Gallan which is sung by Atif Aslam was released by Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif at Big Boss Season 11 on 2 December 2017. The album was released on 12 December 2017 by YRF Music. The Arabic version of "Swag Se Swagat" was sung by Rabih Baroud and Brigitte Yaghi.[62][63]

By 8 February 2018, the album had crossed 1 billion streams on music streaming platforms.[64] As of 4 December 2018, the album has 1.4 billion views on YouTube.[65]

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Swag Se Swagat"Vishal Dadlani & Neha Bhasin03:56
2."Dil Diyan Gallan"Atif Aslam04:20
3."Zinda Hai" (Tiger Theme by Julius Packiam)Sukhwinder Singh, Rap by: Raftaar04:14
4."Daata Tu"Shreya Ghoshal04:14
5."Tera Noor"Jyoti Nooran04:42
6."Dil Diyan Gallan" (Unplugged)Neha Bhasin04:03
Total length:25:29

Awards and nominationsEdit

Date of Ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
20 January 2018 Filmfare Awards Best Action Tom Struthers Won [15]
28 January 2018 Mirchi Music Awards Album of The Year Vishal-Shekhar, Irshad Kamil Nominated [66]
22 June 2018 International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Cinematography Marcin Laskawiec, Usc Won [67]
Best Sound Design Dileep Subramaniam, Ganesh Gangadharan (YRF Studios) Won

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