Something there is with spy tales and Hindi cinema, they both never seem to gel Ek Tha Tiger is no different from the trend of hyped agents this year who fizzle out with a whimper.
Salman is a RAW agent jumping from one mission to another and globe trotting in the process. He falls for Katrina, an ISI agent, both decide to ditch their respective "farz" for their countries and live happily ever after. While the idea of the movie is pregnant with possibilities for some amazing action, drama and suspense even by bollywood standards, Ek The Tiger disappoints completely.
Problems with Ek Tha tiger begin in the very first half hour, when the film opens with a gripping action sequence and abruptly jumps to a comic love track before derailing back to a Bourne-ish plot line. One wouldn't have complained though if both had been executed well. Sadly, that is not the case.
For a spy flick, the film is too facile and Salman too casual. He goes around smashing buildings cars and a tram in dublin in broad day light with no country's administration bothering to find out what is happening. He is too exposed to be a credible spy. The love sequences are labored and forced falling flat on their faces. Even the famed Katrina-Salman chemistry fails to lighten up some very lazy writing.
There are some slick action sequences that impress, but are far and few between and visibly look doctored. The chases in picturesque Istanbul and Cuba are the best parts of an other wise dull enterprise. The film is too verbose and the dialogues too inane, providing for some unintended laughter.
Salman looks old, and has to act instead of ripping off his shirt and dancing to mad item numbers. He is placed in a very classy slick setting, without his usual slapstick over smartness for a clutch, and looks lost. Katrina on the other hand has a role that accomodates her lack of acting prowess and accent intelligently. The biggest let down though is the Director Kabir Khan who seems to be totally clueless about how to marry Salman's mass appeal with his intent of making a Bond like action film.
Sans songs that would get the audience hooting, dialogues that get cat calls and whistles, a shirtless Salman and a missing story line make Ek Tha tiger a dreadfully dull film. Despite being just about two hours odd in length, the film seemed to go on for eternity. Even die hard Salman fans would find this underwhelming.