Tiger Zinda Hai movie review: Tiger is back with a lot of swag in this massy entertainer | Bollywood Bubble

Tiger Zinda Hai movie review: Tiger is back with a lot of swag in this massy entertainer

Tiger Zinda Hai Ali Abbas Zafar
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Tiger Zinda Hai movie review: Tiger is back with a lot of swag in this massy entertainer

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Directed By: Ali Abbas Zafar
Produced By: Aditya Chopra
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sajjad Delfrooz, Angad Bedi, Kumud Mishra, Girish Karnad, Paresh Rawal
Duration: 2 Hours 41 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5

It’s not Eid, but Christmas and Salman Khan is here to enthrall his zillion fans with his latest outing ‘Tiger Zinda Hai‘ . After the debacle of ‘Tubelight’ this year, all hopes are pinned heavily on to this action entertainer and trust us, you won’t go disappointed because Ali Abbas Zafar manages to keep you seated right till the end with this massy action flick.

So for starters, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ starts off from where ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ left. Tiger (Salman Khan), a RAW Agent and Zoya (Katrina Kaif), an ISI Pakistani spy abandon their jobs to stay together and are residing in a secluded town of Austria, away from the hustle-bustle and fear of getting caught by their respective agencies. They have a cute little son too with them, who seeks to become a hero figure just like his father Tiger. Their small happy family gets interrupted when a deadly mission comes calling for Tiger. 40 nurses, which include 25 Indians and 15 Pakistanis have been held hostage in a hospital by an Iraqi warlord who aims to spread his terror. Tiger has the mission to save those 25 Indian nurses as specifically instructed by RAW, while Zoya sets off on the same mission to save those 15 Pakistani nurses and here comes the Indo-Pak angle shouting out slogans of peace between the two warring nations who unite to fight a common enemy.

Will they flourish or will they succumb to the terror of Abu Usman, the leader of the Iraq terrorist squad? That’s something you would see unravel in this masala massy entertainer.

As much as the plot seems to turn predictable in the second half, Zafar has managed to pack in loads of fight sequences to keep you on the edge of your seats. While Salman is back with swag as he fights the terrorists and minces them to pulp, a poker-faced (albeit in a good sense here) Katrina as Zoya isn’t far behind. She rolls out fight sequences with finesse and is at par with Salman Khan. And if you thought it’s just the action sequences that will blow you away, then there is romance too and yes, a comic relief in the form of Paresh Rawal and Kumud Mishra. Angad Bedi as Navin, the man who defuses bombs in a jiffy, has minimal dialogues and screen space, while Girish Karnad is back to his trademark conversations with Tiger, just like in ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. Sajjad Delfrooz as Abu Usman is terrorising with his getup and suits the part very well, while the nurses evoke sympathy.

‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ also boasts of great cinematography, music and background score which ups the ante at explosive moments complimenting the crucial scenes very well. Also, the element of peace between India and Pakistan gels well with the theme of rescuing the nurses. So to quickly sum it up, with loads of action, emotions, romance and patriotism, this one surely could be called as Salman Khan’s comeback this year for the audiences. The only glitch, is a predictable and slightly lengthier plot. Rest, it’s sure to leave you whistling in various scenes.

Our verdict: Definitely lights up your Christmas.

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My Birthday Song movie review: Has its moments of density among abruptions

Directed By: Samir Soni
Produced By: Samir Soni, Sanjay Suri
Cast: Nora Fatehi, Sanjay Suri, Zenia Starr, Ayaz Khan
Duration: 1 Hours 36 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

‘My Birthday Song’. That’s a bit too poetic for a psychological thriller. As if, a little less rasping. As if a bit mellifluous. Albeit, it gives hints of a birthday going eventful, probably in the wrong way.

Actor Samir Soni delves into making films with this one and opts for a genre that’s not yet prevalent in mainstream Hindi films. Does he succeed? Yes, and no.

Rajiv Kaul (Sanjay Suri), an ad-man with a neat house, a beautiful wife and two happy children, is like how those happy men in TV ads look. His postcard-ish life, however, is in for a hurricane one night. As he rings in his 40th birthday with a cosy party sans his wife at his residence, he meets Sandy (Nora Fatehi). And a romantic hiccup is assumed.

“Do you cheat?”, whispers Sandy. “Depends on whether it’s worth cheating for,” smiles Rajiv. I am smirking as they make out through a chain of sequences, actually beautiful to look at. A minute later. Sandy lies in a pool of blood, dead. Boom.

There begins the story. Rajiv wakes up on his birthday, to a cleanly done room with no blood and no trace of Sandy and thinks of it as a bad dream. But every tiny thing that he saw in his ‘dream’, starts coming true. And oh, the birthday party is tonight. Hence, the misfortune is supposed to happen tonight too!

Through the next hour, We’ve Rajiv running around like a possessed person, trying to set things right as if he has foreseen the future. Does he? Does he not?

Before we start analysing, ‘My Birthday Song’ had the ingredients of becoming so much more than what it is. It is a technically strong film with a potentially powerful story. Soni, who can’t escape glitches here and there, came up with a decent first attempt. At one point, the tense gets dense, and we start wondering if the characters we are witnessing are at all there, or are surreal. But surrealism is where it goes wrong as well.

After a few shifts between reality and surrealism, the thin line disappears and it is difficult to figure out which course is it following. Probably to make it psychologically tickling, Soni has added elements of hallucination, which is justified. But it is also necessary to place hallucinatory events in a way that they don’t disrupt a story’s rationality. Here, that happens.

Since the film majorly banks upon its events and not the number of characters, it is mostly shouldered on Sanjay. The intention was probably to allow us to sync in the uncertainity. But it results in the film losing pace.

Barring that, ‘My Birthday Song’ has its moments of cinematic expertise. Sanjay Suri is a delight to watch and Nora Fatehi is decent in her shoes. Australian beauty Queen Zenia Starr steps into Bollywood with this one, and will probably stay. I also like how the director’s approach is to move the viewers with subtlety. And I admit, it brings end with a climax I had never even imagined.

To watch or not? The call is yours.


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1921 movie review : Less spooky, more comical...

Directed By: Vikram Bhatt
Produced By: LoneRanger Productions
Cast: Zareen Khan and Karan Kundrra
Duration: 2 Hours 24 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1.5/5

Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt has given us some good horror cinema in the form of the ‘Raaz’ franchise, so one would have high hopes from the director from his newly released horror flick ‘1921’. This fresh series is nowhere close to the last ‘1920’ series which was a decent horror fest.

To start with, the story begins with a young man named Ayush (played by Karan Kundrra) who shifts to London to learn music and works as a caretaker in a huge palace. Those times were all about royal palaces right? It’s barely been a month and the man with a penchant to heal through his musical skills starts experiencing paranormal activities in the house. So, he decides to seek help from a psychic medium named Rose, played by Zareen Khan who too is mesmerised by his music. The beautiful lady has earned this special power to communicate with ghosts through her late mother, or so she claims.

Together, they decide to unravel the mystery of finding the adhoori ichcha of the evil spirit looming freely in the house. Since this is the first evil spirit that Rose has ever encountered , the task is way too tougher for her than it seems. Will they succeed or they will succumb to spooky ghost? It is something you discover when you sit through two hours of mindlessness.

As simple as the story seems to be, the plot gets confusing and too boring with every progressing scene. The horror scenes are forced and predictable and even evoke laughter many a times. You know that something spooky awaits you in the next scene and you’re all prepared for it and more than getting scared, it makes you laugh out loud. The loud and spooky background music on every second scene just doesn’t help the immensely boring plot which tries its level best to scare you off your seats. Forced elements of romance between the protagonists makes it even more worse and to add to it, a dozen romantic songs to enchant the viewers which are more irritating than interesting.

We’ve seen romance in various movies but when the lead actors break into a romantic song after every four scenes, it somewhere starts scaring you, making you wonder as to where exactly the story is headed towards. And to add to all the agony, the ending will leave you cringing heavily because you wouldn’t really know what just happened.

Moral: Two good looking actors Alone can’t save the fate of a horror movie with their love story.

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