In one of the scenes from Yash Raj Films’ latest release, EK THA TIGER, the hero who is an Indian spy from RAW (the Indian equivalent of CIA) muses that his duty has always called him to be led in thought and action from his head and not from his heart. And just once, he allows his heart to override his head. My plight when I saw EK THA TIGER was somewhat similar: when I review the movie, should I do it from the heart or the head? And just like the protagonists (both the hero and heroine) in the movie and the millions who have watched and will watch with resounding applause, I too have decided to speak from the heart for this movie!
Salman Khan, who is better known for his torso baring, villain bashing and quirky and jerky pelvic thrusts plays the role of the Indian RAW agent with a soft interior with such élan that it would easily mark as his best performance till date. The romantic-at-heart portrayals of Salman in MAINE PYAR KIYA, HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM and more recently in BODYGUARD are easily overshadowed in his emoting of the spy with a heart. There are chases, thrills and villain-bashing scenes galore in EK THA TIGER, but there is also an undertone of romance and humour and awkward shyness that Salman so wonderfully builds in his portrayal that even the sternest critic would concede that Salman has in fact acted and acted well in this movie. True, his movements, despite the excellent editing appear a little slow, but it is in keeping with his age as shown in the story (the heroine does make a reference to this!).
As his romantic interest, Katrina Kaif also carries herself excellently: I wonder whether any other contemporary Indian heroine could mesh her child-like charm with the furiously paced stunts so effortlessly. And for the first time, Katrina actually emotes, although we had seen traces of it in RAJNEETI. Her Moroccan dance movements in the Mashallah song which comes on in the end when the credits come up on the screen are lyrical and smooth without being vulgar and establish her as Bollywood’s finest dancer today.
Sohail Sen and Sajid-Wajid’s musical compositions and the background music are appropriate for a film of this genre. The crowning glory for the way EK THA TIGER has turned out must go to director and script writer Kabir Khan who more than compensates for the hyperbole in the story with seamless flitting from one location to another, superb action shots and making sure that the romance and action do not conflict with each other. No surprise that an anagram of the title of the movie is EK GREAT HIT!
RATING: 4 out of 5
August 22, 2012

About The eternally happy Vijay

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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