Tiger’s alive and kicking, but…

Updated: Nov 16, 2018

What I think of the Tiger Zinda Hai trailer

Twenty-five Indian nurses held hostage in Iraq. And only one man can save them. A man who can kick ass, blaze guns and perform death-defying stunts as if it’s his family business.

Casting Salman Khan as the failproof action hero is never a mistake, which is why I’m sold on to the idea of catching Tiger Zinda Hai in its first weekend itself. The action sequences look brilliantly shot, and so do the locations. Salman has a screen presence that is both swashbuckling and endearing at the same time. Not to mention, dashing.

So, we’ve found our movie of the year, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, the trailer isn’t perfect, and I’m worried about a few things.

Firstly, the villain. I couldn’t fucking make out which one it was. Nobody in the clip looked menacing enough that I could point him out as the bad guy. Probably it’s because I’ve never seen the dude before–maybe he’s appeared in a previous film that I’ve missed. But then Neerja was Jim Sarbh’s debut flick and evil was so clearly written all over his face that I instantly knew he was playing a negative character. Maybe bringing Jim on board would have been a better idea.

Next, how high are the stakes for Tiger? What’s his own story in this? What does he stand to lose if he’s unsuccessful in this mission? Superman saves the day, but the main story in his films is always connected to his personal life. These questions haven’t been answered in the trailer, so I hope the movie addresses them.

And finally, Katrina Kaif. She doesn’t seem to have much to offer to the story, so she better have a solid reason to even be in the movie in the first place. Also, what’s wrong with her cheeks?

The stakes might not be high for Tiger, but they’re definitely high for Salman after Tubelight’s dark run at the box office. If TZH does well, he might even dethrone Aamir Khan as Bollywood’s own Santa Claus. And for that to happen, he needs to do more than just kick ass and blaze guns.

Watch the trailer here:

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