EK THA TIGER
finally arrives...! Elated with a series of recently delivered blockbuster hits, Salman Khan's most awaited and Yash Raj Films (YRF) most ambitious venture makes its musical presence in marquee, and expectations are presumably highest as this project is lavished with astronomical production values and is gifted with best possible bankable names. Whether its Salman Khan's recent releases (WANTED, DABANGG, READY or BODYGUARD) or YRF's last few entertainers (NEW YORK, BAND BAAJA BAARAT and LADIES VS RICKY BEHL), music has always been a dazzling feature that had added to the flick's box-office success, so one expects a potential musical bonanza from this album. Sohail Sen, one of the most reliable upcoming composers of B-town, makes his second consequential presence in YRF, after the chartbusting success of MERI BROTHER KI DULHAN while Sajid-Wajid chips in as guest composers with one solitary soundtrack. Will this work for YRF? Let's find out...
The roar for EK THA TIGER begins with Sajid-Wajid's (Salman's favorites) outrageously loud Arabic dancing and singing moves in highly promoted "Mashallah"
(exclamatory word for describing "beautiful"). It's bombastically jiving in instrumental flows and has infectiously catchy customary Arabic rhythmical setting that brings myriad of festive colors to the occasion. Wajid's pleasing vocals makes a smooth communion with sultry tones of Shreya Ghoshal and makes this a truly delightful listening fare. Despite its strong resemblance with
(Arabic wedding song by Nausheed) in its signature tuneful appeal, Sajid-Wajid deliver a meticulously driven job by employing a series of Arabic traditional instrumentals in giving this a typical Middle-Eastern festive feel. There is blend of Arabic auto-phonic and stringed instrumentals (djembe, darbuka, tar drum, tambourines and finger cymbals) that works sporadically and delivers their peculiar iconic sounds. To add more energetically loud zest, there are enthuse chorals and Benny Dayal's Arabic renditions that gives it a pompous thrust. For its extremely thumping and jiving overtures, it's a "choreographer's delight" number that will surely find its way in many TV dancing reality shows in the coming months. "Mashallah
(remix)" by DJ Joshilay sounds messy and fails to be as strikingly bouncy as the original soundtrack. It pitches an overdose of "club-remix" disco beat fillers interspersed in typical Arabic musical feel but the end result is not too convincing, overall it's a scintillating musical feature (as viewed in promos) with all catchiness in dancing thrives with strong face-value (Salman-Katrina), giving it a loud chartbusting feel. Chartbuster!!! CHECK OUT: Salman Khan's EK THA TIGER to touch 200 crore mark?
TIGER joins the Cuban dancing troupe! Exhilarating and enthralling in Spanish "Salsa" dancing maneuvers, the festive decorum continues as now Sohail Sen takes over the proceedings in peppy sounding "Laapata"
. Like fervently flashy "Mashallah"
, this flamboyant track is a typical "choreographer's delight" number where listener's can really enjoy shades of Latin American instrumentals, sounds and rhythms going in tandem with impulsive thrives, adding spicy flavors to the track. KK's reliable singing is a sheer delight and so is Palak Muchal's impressively delivered blistering vocals that works amiably with the tangy flavors of the track. Sohail Sen's dexterity at playing varied Cuban instrumentals (congas, bongos, timbale and piano) and mixing well with synchronized flows of trumpets, horns, trombones, vibraphone and violin is the most striking feature of this track. If you have enjoyed tracks like "Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai"
(DHOOM) and "Dil Laga Na"
(DHOOM 2), then this track is surely be the one to make you shake your booty on floors. Anvita Dutt's lyrics are simple but still fit well into the swirling-twirling dancing feel; a well-choreographed musical piece is all set to strike silver screen. "Laapata
(remix)" by DJ Joshilay sounds much better than the previous remix and gives many feverishly enthuse moments to be enjoyed on floors. KK and Palak's voices are well-matched in beat-juggles and it sporadically connects with DJ spins and makes this as another likable offering from the album. Enthralling!!!
Tiger takes a folksy Irish jig! Being an adventurous globe-trotter, the espionage of this spy takes an enchanting European route and pitches a baroque Irish folksy ballad picturesque view in "Banjaara"
. Once again, the skillfulness in instrumentals takes the bigger chunk as now the track brings an elaborate view of an Irish folksy festive dancing treat. Glorified with prominent sounds of bagpipes, bouzouki (sort of mandolin), darbuka (hand-drum) played at intermittent places; it delivers a marching-troop sort of feel with motivated Irish chorals giving it a strong support. Sukhwinder's throaty vocals are a domineering feature that concocts well with tuneful violin loops and footsteps sounds, while Neelesh Mishra's impressive lyrics give it's an extra edgy feel. YRF's compassion for ethnical European musical is evident here (remember SRK playing mandolin in DDLJ) and this one too strikes a chord with the listener's expectations. Unlike mass-friendly "Udd Udd Dabangg"
(DABANGG), this Sukhwinder track has more of a classy feel and should be a pivotal feature in the narrative flows of this action-packed potboiler. "Banjaara
(remix)" turns to be an ordinary DJ's efforts where predictable sounding "club-remix" stylized fillers strike blows. Jolly (Joshilay) voice is no match for Sukhwinder's folksy thrives and all it turns to be a routine promotional feature musical work. Impressive!!!
REVIEW: Kabir Khan's EK THA TIGER by no means is any patch on the director's earlier work, NEW YORK. But with the Tiger in his den, Kabir manages to weave action with emotion to dish out an entertaining fare. What works for the movie are its action and the Salman-Katrina jodi. Music is an irritant that was not required. In fact, when they break into the first song almost 45 minutes into the movie, it's like an afterthought (chalo ab ek gaana dalte hain). It slackens whatever momentum was gathered up until this stage. The only song that has any spunk comes on after the end titles begin to roll.
Tiger (Salman Khan) is a RAW agent who is the most experienced in the team. Shenoy (Girish Karnad) the RAW chief is proud of his agent and entrusts him with the most daring of assignments which spans the entire globe. So you have the film beginning in Zako, Northern Iraq, then moving on to Ireland, Istanbul, Havana, and London, apart from India. On an assignment in Ireland to track down a retired Indian professor, who apparently is sharing Indian secrets with the ISI, Tiger runs into Zoya (Katrina Kaif
). He takes her help to gain access to the recluse professor and his home. From action to romance to action to spying, Kabir brings the film to a nice suspense point at the interval.
What works for the film big time apart from Salman Khan is the action. It's slick and woven well into the script. It pushes the story forward unlike the song which jerks it backwards (by many miles). Also, the fact that Salman is gung-ho about the action and romance in this film is a huge plus. Clearly, he is having the time of his life, doing what he loves to do best and in return getting appreciation from his fans.
Here is the break-up of the 5 star rating.
Two stars are for action and the remaining three for the fact that this is a Salman Khan film and is guaranteed to rip open the Box Office!
A Salman Khan film does not need a review! FACT IV:
This one will wipe out whatever deficit Yash Raj Films may have accumulated with their last few releases.Ratings : 5/5
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad and Ranvir Shorey
Lyrics: Kausar Munir, Neelesh Mishra and Anvita Dutt
Director: Kabir Khan
Music Director: Sohail Sen and Sajid-Wajid
- Release Date : 15 Aug 2012