U/A, 2h 35m
What Is the Film About?
Tiger (Salman Khan), a RAW agent, and his wife Zoya (Katrina Kaif), who works for ISI, come together to stop the terrorist plan of Aatish (Emraan Hashmi). They aim to expose him to the Pakistani government and save them from a larger impending threat, which is what ‘Tiger 3’ is about.
Salman Khan, as Tiger, fits the role perfectly and excels in the familiar action script, which is not new to him. However, this portrayal of ‘Tiger’ doesn’t contribute to any of his memorable characters. The script also doesn’t provide much depth beyond the typical RAW agent role. There are no notable gains for him as an actor, and even in terms of swag or style, there isn’t much coming from him.
Katrina Kaif portrays Zoya, an ISI agent. While she has a significant role in the film, her character and presentation lack impact. The highly promoted towel fight scene is decent, and she handles it with ease. However, there isn’t much else to discuss about her or the role, despite her consistent presence throughout the film.
Pathaan (Shah Rukh Khan) makes a special cameo, and it has a decent runtime of a good 15-20 minutes. It’s enjoyable to see two superstars sharing the screen, even though it’s extremely over-the-top; it’s fun and provides a grand, large-scale experience. SRK handles it like a cakewalk.
Maneesh Sharma, the director behind films like Band Baaja Baaraat and SRK’s Fan, handles his first big-scale action film, ‘Tiger 3.’
The film opens in London, quickly followed by the narrative, giving us a head start by introducing the incidents happening in Pakistan. This is followed by the crucial first action sequence introducing Tiger. While it’s not a banger, it’s not a failure either, but what follows until the interval lacks any intensity.
There are a couple more action sequences with intermittent drama related to the core plot. None of them keeps you on the edge of the seat, as the action sequences are visually and in action strictly alright, lacking genuine highs.
Take the Russia episode, for example; it lacks the visual high or engaging thrill expected from a spy film. Moreover, Tiger’s makeup and fake beard look funny, making one wonder how it even got approved for a big-scale film.
The interval block is fine and makes the overall first half a passable affair, and one hopes for a second half that is more riveting and packs a punch.
The second half begins with Revathi’s brief episode, where her character seems half-baked. This is followed by Simran in a pivotal role, but again, the way her role is written feels very routine.
But, from the introduction of Pathaan and his big-scale action sequence, the film becomes more engaging. The action block involving Pathaan and Tiger, no matter how over-the-top and lengthy, is thoroughly enjoyable both visually and due to the fun dialogues written for the superstars. This block elevates the film.
After a while, the film transitions into a very ‘routine’ execution as Tiger and Zoya attempt to enter the Pak PMO office. A crucial sequence is squandered by opting for an easy approach instead of something impressive. The entire episode until the climax fight lacks thrills and feels like a routine commercial film at this point.
The director used a decently choreographed song before we exit, which eases out the uneasiness to an extent, and it works, followed by Hrithik’s cameo, which again falls into the ordinary bracket. But it’s nice to see him as we are ready to exit.
Overall, ‘Tiger 3’ follows a typical spy template, which isn’t an issue, but the film lacks genuine highs in action thrills or visual wow. It stands as the weakest entry into the YRF Spy Universe and can be watched with low expectations for this festive season.
Performances by Others Actors
Emraan Hashmi plays the key role of the villain, following his typical acting style. There are no specific complaints; however, the way this important role is designed or portrayed fails to create any positive impact on the overall film.
Tiger 3,” besides featuring a popular lead cast and cameos, includes talented female character artists like Revathi and Simran in key roles. However, neither of them leaves any impact, as their characters are written that way. There are other actors like Kumud Mishra, Ashutosh Rana, and more, and they perform their brief roles.
Music and Other Departments?
An action film like Tiger 3 requires an adrenaline-pumping background score and thrilling action sequences. However, the score provided by Tanuj Tiku is just adequate. It gets the job done but never elevates the scenes with an adrenaline-inducing score, lacking impact.
There are a couple of songs in the film, and they are just strictly okay both visually and audio-wise. The song playing during the end credits is better than the others, thanks to its choreography.
Cinematography by Anay Om Goswamy is just decent; it doesn’t raise the bar or create the experience of watching a big-scale film. As the film progresses, the feel becomes akin to watching a regular commercial film, and by the time we reach the end, we completely disagree that it’s a large-scale production.
Editing by Rameshwar S. Bhagat is alright; however, there are multiple occasions where brief appearances of characters, like Revathi for example, are cut off abruptly, jumping to other scenes.
Tiger and Pathaan Action Episode
Parts of Action and Dialogues
Ordinary Action Episodes
Lack of Intensity
No Twists or Thrills
Missing Big-Scale Feel
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
No, unless you’re okay with basic spy films.
Tiger 3 Movie Review by M9
Tiger 3 follows a typical Spy template without highs in action or visual wow. It is destined to be forgotten quickly among spy films with a special cameo action episode as major highlight. A one-time watch with low expectations for festive season.
First Half Report:
Tiger 3 has a pretty average first half. Right from the start, it launches into action episodes with intermittent drama. A couple of other action blocks are passable at best, lacking genuine highs. The second half needs to be more riveting and deliver big.
— Tiger 3 kicks off in London, introducing incidents in Pakistan. Stay tuned for the first half report.
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Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Emraan Hashmi
Director: Maneesh Sharma
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Story: Aditya Chopra
Background Music: Tanuj Tiku
Director of Photography: Anay Om Goswamy (ISC)
Editor: Rameshwar S. Bhagat
Co-Producer: Akshaye Widhani
Screenplay: Shridhar Raghavan
Visual Effects Studio: yFX
Sound: Pritam Das, Ganesh Gangadharan
Action Directors: Franz Spilhaus, Oh Sea Young, Sunil Rodrigues (ROD)
Costume Designers: Anaita Shroff Adajania, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Ashley Rebello, Darshan Jalan
Tiger 3 North-America Hourly Collection at 9.20 PM EST: $807,074