Tiger 3: Strictly For Salmaniacs

Tiger 3
Tiger 3

Tiger 3

Starring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif ,  Emraan Hashmi, Revathi, Riddhi Dogra

Directed  by Maneesh Sharma

Rating: ***

The good news first. Tiger 3  is infinitely better than all his recent films which reeked  of selfindulgence. As Avinash Singh Rathore, alias Tiger, Salman is more in-character than  you will see him being in any film since Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

 Now the  bad news: Tiger  3 is  not half as engaging as the first two  instalments of the Franchise. The  tactile tension of the first two parts is conspicuously absent this time, as  if the heart  has gone missing from the action.  The overwrought narrative is carpeted with stylish stunts. But they all seem…stunted!  There is a lack of spontaneity and, dare I  say, vivacity in Salman’s  action moves. In contrast, Shah Rukh  was discernibly more agile on  his feet while decimating his enemies in Pathaan and Jawaan.

Most problematic among the salient characters is Emraan Khan’s terrorist villain act. He is so uni-dimensional in his in-your-face extremism , I wished he would have tried  a little nuancing in the villainy.Emraan is  capable  of it.

Interesting actors like Revathi, Riddhi Dogra,Kumud Mishra, Ashutosh Rana, Ashutosh Rana have little  to do. You can’t even call them cubs  in this tigerish tale.

Katrina Kaif has a surprisingly lot to do in the  bustling(but sadly centreless) screenplay for a Salman  starrer.Or maybe she has so much to do BECAUSE it is a Salman starrer. Be as it might, the lady delivers  quite a wack, although the “towel trounce” seems way too manufactured.  Why fights in a towel if not  to cover up for the lack of  freshness and novelty which plagues the perky but shallow presentation.

Worse of all, the  ‘fun’ element  is  whittled down to negligible in Tiger 3. Shah Rukh Khan’s two  back-to-back actioners Jawaan and Pathaan were a whole  lot of fun, as  were Salman’s two previous Tiger films, specially Part 2.

Part 3 for all its  ambitious action pieces and a ‘serious’  statement  on terrorism(Tiger and his buffer-half Zoya have to  prove their nationalism)  takes itself too seriously. Director Maneesh Sharma  ticks all the boxoffice boxes. But there is no sense of a comicbook caper caprice  in the  consciously kickass presentation.

There is  a line in  the recent Michael Fassbinder action film The Killer that the  leading man Michael Fassbinder keeps repeating while expelling his adversaries : “Anticipate, don’t improvise”.

Tiger 3 is guilty of the opposite: it is  too busy anticipating audience’s  response to improvise.But yes, it is a well-shot  technically sound visually flush action drama—a pat on the back for  Anay Goswamy spectral lensing—with  much more to offer  to the Salmaniacs than his  Eid release. Na kisi ka bhai na kisi ki jaan, this time Salman  Khan fights for  country and family .And it is not quite the ultimate actioner his fans expect.  But it serves its purpose.

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