HeTiger Zinda Hai Movie Review: “Tiger Zinda Hai” (transl. Tiger Lives) is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, based on a story by Zafar and Neelesh Misra. Produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films, the movie is a sequel to “Ek Tha Tiger” (2012) and the second installment in the YRF Spy Universe. It stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, reprising their roles from the predecessor. The film’s plot follows Tiger and Zoya as they emerge from hiding to rescue nurses held hostage by a terrorist organization called ISC in Iraq.

The idea for a sequel emerged after the success of “Ek Tha Tiger,” but the project faced delays when the original film’s writer and director, Kabir Khan, declined to return. Ali Abbas Zafar was then brought on as the writer and director. The story is inspired by the 2014 abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL. Production for the film began in 2016 and concluded in 2017, with filming locations including Abu Dhabi, Austria, Greece, and Morocco. With a budget of ₹120−130 crore (US$19−20 million), it was one of the most expensive Hindi films made at the time.

“Tiger Zinda Hai” was released worldwide by Yash Raj Films on December 22, 2017, and received positive reviews from critics. Like its predecessor, the film set numerous box office records, grossing over ₹565 crore (US$87 million) worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing Indian film of 2017. At the 63rd Filmfare Awards, it won the award for Best Action.

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In 2017, eight years after the events of “Ek Tha Tiger,” an American journalist is killed by the ISC, a terrorist organization in Iraq, while attempting to report their activities to the CIA. During a rally in Ikrit, the ISC leader, Abu Usman, is shot by the Iraqi Army and taken to a local hospital, which also serves as a training center for Indian and Pakistani nurses. Usman orders increased ISC security around him, prompting the CIA to plan an airstrike on the hospital. Avinash Singh “Tiger” Rathore and Zoya Humaimi-Rathore, now married with a son, Junior, are living in hiding in Innsbruck. Shenoy and RAW agent Karan Rao locate Tiger and Zoya and inform them about the hostages. Despite initial reluctance, Tiger agrees to the mission after Zoya’s insistence.

In the ensuing chaos, Pawan is shot by the ISC, and Tiger narrowly escapes with Zoya’s unexpected arrival. The couple decides that ISI and RAW should collaborate to save the nurses. That night, Tiger and his team set a controlled explosion in the refinery and fake burns so they are taken to the hospital.

Tiger’s team successfully eliminates most of the ISC forces, but Azaan is killed in the battle.  finds Zoya captured by Usman in the boiler room and surrenders. Tiger is initially tortured but manages to stab Usman, who escapes. Tiger frees Zoya while RAW and ISI rescue the nurses. Firdaus ultimately kills Usman as the hospital is destroyed by the American airstrike. A year later, on August 15, 2018, Shenoy receives a call from Tiger, who is in Greece. Tiger informs him that they have adopted Hassan and returned to hiding, knowing that RAW and ISI would not leave them in peace. However, Tiger assures Shenoy that he will always be ready to serve his country.


Filming occurred in Abu Dhabi, Austria, Greece, and Morocco. The final song of the movie was filmed on the Aegean island of Naxos, Greece, in October 2017. Iranian actor Sajjad Delafrooz was cast as Abu Usman, the leader of the terrorist organization ISC. Delafrooz had previously appeared in the 2015 Hindi film “Baby.”

The film’s budget was reportedly between ₹120−130 crore (US$18.43 million).

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