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RAW agent Tiger is on a mission to retrieve information from a scientist in Dublin.

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Ek Tha Tiger is a romantic thriller which tells the story of a Trinity College scientist suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan. The Indian government sends a secret agent, codenamed Tiger (Salman Khan), to find out about the professor's activities. 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. Written by Akshay

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Opening Weekend:

$1,139,340 (USA) (17 August 2012)

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$1,484,404 (USA) (17 August 2012)
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This is Katrina(Zoya)'s first action and stunt movie. Most of the Salman Khan's stunts were performed by a French stuntman named Jawed Al Berni. Lot of scenes were imperfectly edited, showing the stunt man's face throughout action sequences. See more »

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At 94:58, Gopi mentions that 623 and 612 flights departed from London and Frankfurt that day (pretty close to the respective daily averages), but then he proceeds to equate that to 825,802 passengers, which would equate about 688 passengers per flight, a long stretch given that the average capacity of a Boeing 757, which, even assuming all of those flights were Boeing 757-300s, is more than double the maximum capacity of 289 of a Boeing 757-300. Further, even assuming that particular day was a particularly abnormal day, and ignoring the film's own estimate of 623 takeoffs on the said day, the busiest day ever at Heathrow only saw a traffic of a total of 233,561 passengers (arriving + departing). Given that Frankfurt has the third largest passenger capacity in Europe behind Heathrow and Paris, the total number of passengers at both airports combined barely breaches the halfway mark of the 825,802 passengers quoted by Gopi in the movie. Further really stretching this, and even considering all airports in London (and not just Heathrow, ignoring the total 623 number of departures which is met by Heathrow alone), the average number of departing and arriving passengers in all London airports combined is still 366,102 leaving us with an average of 183,054 departing passengers from all London airports, which even assuming an equal number from Frankfurt, is again barely half the quoted number of 825,802 passengers. See more »

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Typical romance flavored with espionage; a pastime flick
22 August 2012 | by (Mumbai, India) – See all my reviews

Describe a typical love story: It begins as Boy meets Girl, they don't like each other initially, but love blossoms; then parents oppose and then the couple runs away. But they are chased by both the families who are out to finish them off. Now, just scale-up the scene to two countries, instead of families and you get 'Ek Tha Tiger'.

Timed for release on Eid, Salman's presence ensures a big collection at the box office, irrespective of how the movie actually turns out. Most multiplexes screened shows at hourly intervals across screens to make the best of the long weekend.

Salman Khan plays Tiger, a much sought after RAW field agent who has spent a decade away from home in many adventurous missions. Upon returning from Iraq, Tiger is assigned the task to collect information about an Indian-origin Irish professor (Roshan Seth) facing suspicion of selling missile secrets to Pakistan.

On his mission, he falls in love with Zoya (Katrina Kaif) who is soon revealed to be an ISI agent trying to hack into the professor's computer. At this point, it seemed as if the film would go the 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' way, but rather sticks to its roots as a love story. Now, the two agencies, RAW & ISI are out to finish off Tiger & Zoya.

There are claims that story was inspired by real-life spy Ravindra Kaushik who is said to have served in the Pakistan Army and passed on valuable information to India. The similarity with the story would be that Kaushik fell in love with and married a local Pakistani girl, an uncanny resemblance with Ek Tha Tiger.

Talking about performances, Ranvir Shorey does a good job as Gopi, Tiger's friend and fellow agent who is later sent by his bosses to hunt down Tiger. Girish Karnad returns to the big screen after a long time and he plays Tiger's boss Shenoy. About Katrina & Salman's acting, lesser said the better. In any case, Salman's role is not as annoying or silly as most of his other roles are and he takes off his shirt only once.

The good part in the film is some awesome stunts and stunning visuals, the latter being the signature style of its director Kabir Khan, best remembered for 'Kabul Express'. The desert scenes are filmed in Turkey stand out, the best are those filmed in Cuba with a 60's charm. The good part is let down by a sloppy writing in some parts and a general lack of suspense or thrill, something germane to an espionage setting.

Although the film may perform well due to its star-cast and timing of its release, it will never be considered a good film by any segment of the audience. While the lack of an engaging story will not interest the discerning type, the lack of good songs that flow with the story will not go well with the masses. The popular song 'Mashallah' is played with the closing credits, a time when most people leave the movie hall.

Verdict: Salman fans may love the film and his critics may flay it, some may just watch it for Katrina. At best, this entrée will pass off as an average pastime flick.


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