Tiger 3 (2023)

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In the heart of the latest installment of the Yash Raj Spy Universe, Salman Khan’s square-jawed super-spy, Tiger, growls with confidence, “They’re here to witness my swag.” As the Hindi-speaking stars of the late ’90s and early ’00s converge in a Marvelified Bollywood action series, “Tiger 3” promises another flag-waving, action-packed journey, albeit one that treads familiar ground.

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The film follows the well-trodden path set by its predecessors, “Ek Tha Tiger” and “Tiger Zinda Hai,” with Tiger now navigating the formulaic motions in a bid to thwart Pakistani terrorists from disrupting peace talks between India and Pakistan.

Actor/Actress Character
Salman Khan Tiger
Katrina Kaif Zoya
Emraan Hashmi Aatish Rehman
Shah Rukh Khan (Cameo Role)
Revathi Maithili Menon
Ranvir Shorey Gopi Arya
Sartaj Kakkar Junior (Tiger’s Son)

The plot seems to echo the beats of “Tiger Zinda Hai,” as Tiger contends with his own wife, Zoya, played by the dynamic Katrina Kaif, who is entangled in a conspiracy against her own Prime Minister alongside a disgruntled ex-spy, Aatish Rehman, portrayed by Emraan Hashmi.

While the storyline feels somewhat recycled, “Tiger 3” attempts to inject a more personal twist, as Tiger endeavors not only to foster diplomatic relations but also to protect his family. However, this superficial layer doesn’t significantly elevate or detract from the film’s box-checking charms, including the cameo appearance of Shah Rukh Khan and a medley of Hollywood-inspired story beats and clich├ęs.

The movie kicks off with the swagger of a live-action “G.I. Joe” cartoon, with Tiger embarking on a one-man rescue mission at the behest of Maithili Menon, chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). The ensuing narrative unfolds predictably, with a mix of familiar tropes, musical numbers, and a touch of Hollywood flair. Salman Khan’s charismatic presence and action choreography stand out, providing moments of excitement reminiscent of a summer blockbuster.

“Tiger 3” is undoubtedly a sequel in a well-established franchise, benefiting from improved action sequences and refined storytelling compared to its predecessors. It also outshines “Pathaan,” Shah Rukh Khan’s recent foray into the Yash Raj Spy Universe, with a superior guest spot featuring banter and spectacular special effects.

The film’s saving grace lies in being a second sequel, allowing the filmmakers to hone their craft and create a more enjoyable buddy movie. Katrina Kaif steals scenes with dynamic choreography and a spirited catfight set in a Russian bathhouse. The camaraderie between Khan and Kaif adds a layer of enjoyment, making “Tiger 3” a mildly satisfying cinematic experience.

As the Yash Raj Spy Universe continues to unfold, “Tiger 3” marks a potential milestone, embodying a lightly likable, committee-calibrated genericism reminiscent of Marvel’s blockbuster formula. Whether this consistency is a fluke or a sign of things to come, especially with the integration of characters from “War,” remains to be seen.

“Tiger 3” may not break new ground, but it offers moments of action and entertainment, making it a suitable choice for a holiday crowd seeking a family-friendly potboiler.

For others, the film might find its true home on a streaming service, where its swag and surprises can be savored at a more leisurely pace. Until then, “Tiger 3” roars in theaters, a testament to the enduring appeal of Bollywood’s larger-than-life action spectacles.