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An overtly bland ‘blockbuster’ Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Emraan Hashmi, Revathi, Simran, Sartaaj Kakkar, Kumud Mishra, Anant Vidhaa...

An overtly bland ‘blockbuster’

Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Emraan Hashmi, Revathi, Simran, Sartaaj Kakkar, Kumud Mishra, Anant Vidhaat Sharma

Rating: 1.5/5

All YRF’s Spy Universe films have the exact same plot, and Tiger 3 is no exception. Action, action, exposition, action, exposition, end: this is Tiger 3 in a nutshell. What you get is at best bland fare thanks to director Maneesh Sharma who has (excluding Fan) only made romantic comedies with no expertise in handling a high-octane action flick.

Following the events of Tiger Zinda Hai, War, and Pathaan, Avinash Singh Rathore returns as Tiger but this time the battle is within. He has to choose between his country or family as an old enemy is after his life, who claims that his family was killed by Tiger. He holds Tiger captive in Pakistan as the Indian agent’s loyalty towards his country faces its biggest test.

YRF should have brought back either Kabir Khan or Ali Abbas Zafar who had helmed the first and second instalments respectively and delivered the goods with aplomb. They had the expertise to handle action and bring out the best in Salman Khan, a tall task in itself.

Now Salman Khan may be one of the biggest stars India has ever produced, but acting is just not his forte. He doesn’t even put in the effort needed; he expects the film will be commercially successful just because he’s in the film, and that is true 90 percent of the time. He reacts to things happening around him and speaks in slow motion to the point where it’s infuriating. Gone are the days when Salman Khan films used to be really enjoyable. Now he and his antics just elicit yaaawwnnsss and border on the intolerable.

Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi are the only two in the film who actually try; they’re both good in their respective roles despite being saddled with one-dimensional characters. Emraan Hashmi steals the show, bringing just what’s needed for his character; Katrina Kaif is elegant as Zoya. Her towel fight sequence with Michelle Lee is a standout. Kumud Mishra, Vishal Jethwa, Anant Vidhaat Sharma, and Chandrachoor Rai are average. 

The songs may be fun to listen to but aren’t good. Shridhar Raghavan’s screenplay is generic with bad editing scattered with jokes and puns thrown in for no reason at all with dialogues that are cringy corny and stupid. 

This spy "thriller" will leave you sorely disappointed!


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