Tiger as an animal lord in the jungle and those who are fortunate enough to see him in his natural splendor are considered blessed. Same is the case with Salman Khan who lords over the box office and his fans, and is condescending enough to grant an audience to them after every six months or so through a film to increase the quotient of anticipation to the next higher level. While it may have been unconsciously named as EK THA TIGER the film underlines the awe and reverence associated with TIGER.
When you have the tigress along with the Tiger on the screen then it is a double whammy, and for the audience Katrina Kaif is the surprise package of EK THA TIGER, more so in the daring stunts that she has performed on the screen and the latent restraint that she has displayed of keeping her emotions and love for the character of Tiger under a leash. The love that blossoms in EK THA TIGER is in the form of a plant which tries to eke out its struggle perched between the crevices of two big boulders, on the semblance of a soil bed. The love story between the TIGER and the TIGRESS is the binding chord for EK THA TIGER which rises like a silver lining above the clouds of violence that is the domineering theme of the spy story. Katrina Kaif has raised her performance to a new level by using her eyes to convey the emotions without letting the facial expressions also to convey the same emotions, and she has underlined the fact that given the script she can rise to the occasion.
Indian spy stories have always enthralled the audience, for that matter, any spy story enthralls as it flirts with danger and provides one the occasion to flirt with exquisite action, enchanting locales and imaginative use of gadgets to create an element of miasma around the character. Same has been done in EK THA TIGER which has been shot in exquisite locales in Ireland, and imaginatively enough has chosen nuances of the Arabic culture, the belly dance of Katrina Kaif in the song 'Mashallah' in particular to cater to the taste of the audience in and around gulf countries on the eve of Eid. The action has been shot by the Hollywood stunt coordinator Conrad Palmisamo, and there was not an iota of doubt that Salman Khan would sail through in flying colors in action sequences, but the surprise package is Katrina Kaif who matches action for action and stunt for stunt with Salman Khan in EK THA TIGER.
Romance in spy films always presents the existentialist dilemma where the spy inevitably has the love interest who represents the enemy country, and EK THA TIGER is no exception where romance starts off-setting against the commitment to serve the nation. Salman Khan exudes class in EK THA TIGER and one only hopes that henceforth he would strive to maintain the standards that he has set himself in the film. Yash Raj films have been presented with an opportunity through EK THA TIGER to dabble in the genre of action as well, which was their forte in the heydays when Big B was the main hero. They have been able to revive the genre of violence centric films through DHOOM series, but with the success of Salman Khan as the solo hero in EK THA TIGER, the era of single star in action films under Yash Raj Banner could be given a new lease of life.