Unveiling the YRF Spy Universe: A Cinematic Spectacle of Intrigue, Fan Theories, and Action-packed Ventures:
It is solidified that the world building in the YRF Spy Universe (YSU) has immense potential to be a massive crowd puller with their coming ventures. Ever since Pathaan, which marked the return of Shah Rukh Khan to the big screen after 4 years, fan theories and movie announcements that are connected to the storylines of War and the Tiger Franchise have been piling up and have created huge anticipation of what the makers are cooking in the production house.
After the wave caused by by Pathaan, especially by integrating Salman Khan as Tiger into the film as an official conformation to the YSU’s existence, Tiger 3 starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif as RAW agent Avinash Singh Rathore aka Tiger and as ISI agent Zoya respectively has released in theatres.
The High-Stakes Thrill Ride: Tiger 3 Unleashes Personal Perils, Terrifying Ultimatums, and the Fate of Nations in a Tense Spy Drama:
Tiger 3 brings us back to the lives of Tiger (Salman Khan) and his partner Zoya (Katrina Kaif), but this time confront a terrifying personal peril when a furious terrorist from Pakistan, Aatish Rehman (Emraan Hashmi), issues an ultimatum—they must agree with his demands or risk losing their son to a horrible end. The movie also builds upon the turbulent relationship between India and Pakistani and how the fate of that relationship depends on our agents saving the day.
Tiger 3: Salman Khan’s Resurgence and Katrina Kaif’s Action Prowess Elevate YRF’s Spy Universe to New Heights:
Salman Khan has had a rough patch and has not made any good choices for the past 6 years after Tiger Zinda Hai in 2017 that have financially worked for him. It seemed as the actor was being lazy his script choices and did not want wish to work hard enough for the part, pinning his hopes on his large and loyal fanbase.
With Tiger 3 however, the actor has put his best foot forward and yet again solidifies that he was born to play this role. Not only Salman maintains the swagger of the character but successfully makes the emotional turmoil within him believable and makes us empathise with him. Katrina Kaif as Zoya is a bonafide action star as she seamlessly kicks ass with top notch stunt choreography in a sauna sequence and in the concluding moments. What works as a huge USP for the film is that Tiger and Zoya are the only 2 characters from the YSU that we are emotionally connected to from the first film in the franchise Ek Tha Tiger in 2012.
Emraan Hashmi’s Solid Effort in Tiger 3: Aatish Rehman’s Character Falls Short of Menace, Leaving Fans Yearning for the Intriguing Antagonism of YSU’s Past Villains:
Emraan Hashmi certainly had big shoes to fill as a new addition to the list of YSU villains and from the film, it is clear that the writers have done no justice to making the character of Aatish Rehman as menacing as required. This demerit, however, cannot deny the effort put forth by Emraan Hashmi who absolutely kills it with what he is provided on paper.
It is just that the villain is defeated too easily towards the end. The treatment of this character would make you miss the menacing presence of John Abraham as Jim in Pathaan who was always two steps ahead of our hero throughout the majority of the film (yes but, the detonator reveal by him in the end was extremely dumb).
Cameo Clash: Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s Reunion in Tiger 3 Falls Short, Hindered by Jarring VFX and Lackluster Action Sequences:
And now, coming to the icing on the cake- the cameos. We all remember the sheer euphoria in the theatres during Salman’s entry as Tiger in Pathaan where both he and Shah Rukh Khan join hands in beating up the baddies on top of the train. The jarring VFX and some comedic punchlines do manage to bump to bump you off slightly.
But, even if you still forgave that in Pathaan, the treatment of Pathaan’s cameo in Tiger 3 is just poorly staged. The banter between the two is gold and enjoyable but the action choreography and VFX that makes into superhumans will make you face-palm.
This was a moment that could be cherished for years to come, but the laziness of the screenplay and execution can’t redeem the fan appeal of these two spies.
War 2 Teaser Unleashes Excitement: Hrithik Roshan’s Stylish Rampage and Jr. NTR’s Villainous Entry Set the Stage for YRF Spy Universe’s Next Thrilling Chapter:
The post credit scene, though, will make you impatient for War 2 even more. With a voiceover of Colonel Luthra played by Ashutosh Rana from War in 2019, telling Kabir played by Hrithik Roshan that he will have to face a notorious nemisis that may result in him turning into the Devil himself alongside a montage of Hrithik Roshan in an alley killing baddies in the most stylish and bloody hand-to-hand manner is enough to make the entire crowd go wild. That face reveal of Kabir assisted by his theme music will definitely create major anticipation regarding the mayhem YSU is preparing us for with Jr. NTR as the villain and Ayan Mukerji as the director for War 2.
In all, Tiger 3 really struggles to become another standout in the franchise due to an inconsistent screenplay, editing and VFX, but cannot be entirely deemed as horrible. If you are looking for a decent Diwali entertainer, this film is the one to go for. But, it’s sadly not a homerun. At least, this film is miles ahead of all the Salman Khan films we have had to sit through for the past 6 years.