TIGER 3, billed as Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s big comeback film does what it’s supposed to do on the tin … provide Salman Khan with a genuine blockbuster once again and propel the overall narrative of the YRF Spy Universe.
But that’s about it, it’s neither great, nor horrible; it’s satisfactory.
Tiger 3, the fifth movie in the YRF Spy Universe and the third in the trilogy of movies, potentially had the most going for it. Two blockbuster prequels, Ek Tha Tiger in 2012 and Tiger Zinda Hai in 2017, had made the characters of Avinash Singh Rathore a.k.a Tiger, played by Salman Khan, and Zoya, played by Katrina Kaif, into fan favourites.
Audiences had witnessed their character development over two movies and were frothing at the mouth for the third entry, especially after Salman Khan’s cameo in the 2023 YRF Spy Universe blockbuster Pathaan.
So what were audiences greeted with? A bloated storyline, action scenes that go on for far too long, and a few glimmers of hope in between.
Tiger 3, like many of the YRF Spy Universe movies before it deals with the India-Pakistan conflict, takes a surprisingly moderate approach to the sensitive issue. In Tiger 3, Salman Khan’s Tiger and Katrina Kaif’s Zoya are married and have a child, and are seemingly living the simple life but they are pulled back into the world of spies and deception when a rogue spy tries to threaten a peace treaty between the two countries.
The rest of the story flows about how you’d expect from a spy thriller, hitting all the usual notes and rarely deviating.
The one sequence that the movie does attempt to deviate slightly, is also one of the best sequences in the movie, highlighting Salman Khan’s often overlooked acting abilities as he dreads a betrayal from someone close to him.
However, the sheer frequency of action scenes and the length of some of them often leaves the audience … bored.
Emraan Hashmi plays Aatish Rehman, the rogue spy and the big baddie of the movie. Although menacing and cunning in his portrayal, Hashmi doesn’t quite measure up to Salman’s Tiger. This makes the showdown between the two characters in the film climax to be quite the letdown. The songs and the music accompanying the movie, are just serviceable. And, once again, make sure to stay for the mid-credit scene after the movie ends. It’s one of the best things about this movie.
– Deviprasad Nair