In a cinematic comeback after eight years in the making, Salman Khan graces the screen as Tiger once again, venturing into Pakistan to rescue democracy. Maneesh Sharma’s directorial flair, laced with patriotic undertones, cleverly weaves in the National Anthem and spiritual references, keeping Tiger politically astute. However, unlike his geopolitical counterpart Pathaan, portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan earlier this year, Tiger’s espionage lacks the razor-sharp finesse.
Penned by Shridhar Raghavan, the film echoes shades of Yash Raj Films’ spy universe, notably drawing from the aura of ‘Pathaan.’ Emraan Hashmi’s Aatish Rehman, a rogue ISI agent entangled in personal loss and political motives, adds depth to the narrative. The plot introduces Zoya (Katrina Kaif), an ex-ISI agent with a mysterious past, creating a captivating backstory that unfolds in bursts of unbelievable action.
While the film boasts a whistle-worthy cameo by Shah Rukh Khan, the emotional threads often fall short, and intelligence inputs fail to dazzle. The intrigue feels reminiscent of a familiar Diwali recipe, lacking the edge-of-the-seat excitement. Profound dialogues occasionally shine but get overshadowed by convoluted lectures on the unhealed wounds of Partition.
Amidst concerns over democratic and dictatorial elements, the film sidelines counter perspectives. Tiger’s gallant entry to rescue the female Prime Minister of Pakistan heightens the subcontinent’s savior sentiment. Salman Khan, dedicated to his role, delivers, but emotional nuances occasionally elude him. Emraan Hashmi excels as a villain, while Katrina Kaif’s nimble-footed action steals the show.
Smart casting, including Revathy as Tiger’s handler, adds depth, but missed opportunities between remarkable actors disappoint. Fueled by goodwill and patriotic fervor, ‘Tiger 3’ is set to sail through the festive season, yet its legacy may lack enduring pug marks.