Inspired by real events, Tiger Zinda Hai is a sequel to the blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger, and an espionage action thriller that follows an adventurous rescue mission in Iraq.
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Writers: Neelesh Misra (story), Ali Abbas Zafar (story) | 2 more credits »
Stars: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sajjad Delafrooz | See full cast & crew »
Eight years have passed since the events of Ek Tha Tiger and the whereabouts of Tiger and Zoya are not known. In Ikrit, Syria, 40 nurses – 25 Indian and 15 Pakistani – are held hostage in their own hospital by Abu Usman, the head of ISC, a terrorist organisation. The chairman of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Shenoy, feels that only Tiger would be able to rescue the nurses and that too within a period of 7 days as the United States will launch an airstrike within 7 days to kill Usman. Presently, Tiger and Zoya live in Innsbruck, Austria and have a son, Junior.
Shenoy and his deputy, Karan manage to find Tiger and requests him to undertake the mission. Although hesitant at first, Tiger agrees after Zoya asks him to carry out the mission for his country. Tiger and three other RAW agents Azaan, Namit and Rakesh travel to Syria. Meanwhile, Zoya comes to know of the Pakistani nurses held hostage along with the Indians and joins Tiger with two other ISI members Abrar and Javed.
On the day of the airstrike, Tiger managed to rescue the nurses from the hospital. Meanwhile, Abu Usman holds Zoya hostage and captures Tiger, who is put into a poison chamber. Tiger, Zoya and the nurses flee after Tiger defeats Abu Usman and his troops. Tiger and Zoya go into hiding once again due to Tiger’s belief that the RAW will never forgive him for deserting them, but tells Shenoy he will always be there if his country is in trouble.
Salman Khan as Avinash “Tiger” Singh Rathore
Katrina Kaif as Zoya
Sajjad Delafrooz as Abu Usman
Paresh Rawal as Firdauz aka Tohbaan
Angad Bedi as Namit
Kumud Mishra as Rakesh
Girish Karnad as Shenoy
Neha Hinge as Maria
Gavie Chahal as Captain Abrar
Danish Bhatt as Captain Javed
Anupriya Goenka as Poorna
Khalida Jan Touray as Pakistani Nurse Naghma
Kashmira Irani as Pakistani Nurse Sana
Anant Vidhaat Sharma as Karan
Ivan Rodrigues as India’s Ambassador to Iraq
Nawab Shah as Pawan
Zachary Coffin as Gary
Casey Shannon as Sam Jacobs
Siddhartha Basu as Indian Defense Minister.
Rohit KaduDeshmukh as Rohit
Paresh Pahuja as Azaan
Najmeddin Al Hadad as Hakim
Vibhoutee Sharma as Jiya
Sartaaj Kakkar as Junior
Jineet Rath as Hasaan
Anjana Om Kashyap as Herself (Indian TV Reporter)
Filming took place in Abu Dhabi, Austria, Greece and Morocco. The last song of the movie was shot in the Aegean island of Naxos, Greece in October 2017. Iranian actor Sajjad Delafrooz was roped in to play the role of Abu Usman, leader of terrorist organisation ISC. Sajjad Delafrooz had worked in the 2015 Hindi film Baby.
The film’s production budget is reportedly ₹210 crore (US$33 million), or ₹140 crore (US$22 million) excluding Salman Khan’s fees. This would make it one of the most expensive Yash Raj Films productions, along with Dhoom 3, Sultan and Thugs of Hindostan.
Marketing and release
The film’s trailer was released on 6 November 2017. Within 24 hours, it broke many records for Hindi film trailers on YouTube, with more than 29 million views, 480 thousand likes and 250 thousand shares. On 11 November, it became the most liked film trailer on YouTube with 700 thousand likes, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) then. The record was later surpassed by the trailer of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) with about 2 million likes.
The film was released on 22 December 2017 worldwide. The film received U/A certificate from Central Board of Film Certification. Despite having a song featuring Pakistani singer Atif Aslam, the film has not been given No-Objection Certificate by Central Board of Film Censors in Pakistan, stating the reason as was said for Ek Tha Tiger that “The image of Pakistan and its law enforcement agencies” have been compromised.
Tiger Zinda Hai was in controversy on its release and faced protests from Valmiki community, when Salman Khan allegedly made a casteist slur, where he compared his dancing skills to a sanitation worker, “or “bhangi” in a dance show. Shilpa Shetty also laughed along with him, and said that she also looked like one. Valmiki group is made up of a cluster of dalit communities — a few of whom are Bhangi, Mehtar, Chuhra, Lal Beghi and Halalkhor. Valmiki community filed a legal case against both actors for hurting their sentiments.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena also unsuccessfully protested urging Mumbai multiplexes to promote Marathi film Deva instead of Tiger Zinda Hai. Their leaders raised issue about the loss of screens to Marathi films like Deva and Ek Atrangi which released alongside.
Tiger Zinda Hai opened to generally favourable reviews. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave 4.5 stars, and said “Salman is the lifeline, the real treasure of Tiger Zinda Hai. He sinks his teeth into the character and, in several sequences, peels off the mask of super-stardom and brings the actor to the fore. Katrina is in solid form, in action sequences specifically. Commands attention.” Umesh Punwani of Koimoi gave 4 stars, and said “Katrina Kaif is brilliant! She has very few dialogues, and no that’s not the reason she’s good. Working amazingly well with her expressions, she has turned into an athlete for this one. Performing few major action sequences, she is flawless.” Aarti Jhurani of The National gave 4 stars, and said “While logic is not a very important factor in Khan’s films, emotions certainly are, and the director made sure to hit all the soft spots – from patriotism to Indo-Pakistan bonding to a multitude of cheesy dialogues – which is a smart move, and sure to bring in both Indian and Pakistani audiences.” Lasyapriya Sundaram of The Times of India gave 3.5 stars, and said “The film is visually stunning in parts and Salman Khan plays Tiger with roaring confidence and dialogues packed with punch. Of course, his fans get a true-blue Salman Khan moment when he bares his torso.” Rachit Gupta of Filmfare gave 3.5 stars, and said “It may look like a Hollywood action thriller, but at its heart, Tiger Zinda Hai is an unabashed masala movie. The heady mixture of an international looking action film and the regular tropes of Hindi cinema make it a pleasing watch.”
Rohit Bhatnagar of Deccan Chronicle gave 3 stars, and said “Ali Abbas Zafar smoothly takes Ek Tha Tiger franchise ahead by telling a real story and inserting whole lot of drama and thrill. The film also touches upon relationships between India and Pakistan but subtly. The biggest hiccup of the film is its length.” Rajeev Masand of News 18 gave 3 stars, and said “The film has some thrilling action, while logic and subtlety are sacrificed at the altar of spectacle and sentiment. Katrina gets some terrific action moments and she executes them well, but make no mistake, the heavy lifting here is left to Salman Khan, and he’s clearly up for the challenge.” Richa Barua of Asianet News gave the film a rating of 4.5 stars, and states that the film “keeps you glued to the seats.”
Raja Sen of NDTV India gave 2.5 stars, and said “Tiger Zinda Hai breaks for intermission at a point when most self-respecting action films would have rushed into the climax. Long before the finish eventually rolled around, I found myself wishing Tiger would croak just so I could make it out alive.” Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times gave 2.5 stars, and said “It’s better for the filmmakers to set a character trajectory that matches the star’s current image rather than basking in the glory of the past.” Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost gave 2.5 stars, stating that both Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif delivered fun with equal parts swag, silliness and schmaltz. Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express gave 2.5 stars, and said “Only once in a while, the film gives in and provides us a killing which sobers us up, but very quickly it’s back to the base, with Bhai taking over, and everyone including Nurse Poorna and Zoya making way for him. But you can see she enjoys kicking butt: you wish she had more to do.”
Tiger Zinda Hai made a new non-holiday record in India as it collected ₹34.1 crore nett on its first day. It went on to collect ₹35.30 crore nett gross on second day. The film recorded the second highest day of all time (after third day of Bahubali 2: The Conclusion) on its third day with net-gross of ₹45.53 crore and the highest ever for the Hindi film industry. With three day nett gross collections of over ₹1.14 billion, Tiger Zinda Hai had the second highest opening weekend of all time (after Bahubali 2: The Conclusion) and the highest opening weekend of all time in the Bollywood film industry. Tiger Zinda Hai grossed Rs 154 crore in first four days in India.
Tiger Zinda Hai grossed $2 million in two days, $450,000 on day one in US/Canada and around £150,000 in the UK. The film grossed $7 million in its opening weekend in overseas, including $2,535,825 in US/Canada. The film grossed ₹190 crore worldwide in its opening weekend. As of 23 January 2018, the film has grossed ₹552 crore (US$86 million) worldwide, including at least ₹427.67 crore (US$67 million) in India and ₹122.98 crore (US$19 million) overseas.