It’s not surprising but it’s still astounding – Ek Tha Tiger makes the fastest 100 crores in history, clocking in at just 5 days, with an epic opening day (32 cr) and a HUGE Sunday (23 cr). It’s a true testament to Salman’s sheer star power and I, for one am glad that a movie that ISN’T South masala and is devoid of Bhai-isms has done such huge business so quickly.
Because Ek Tha Tiger is definitely a pure Bollywood commercial film – everything from the Bourne-influenced action, the foreign locales, the characterization of the hero and the love story (complete with “dead people become stars in the sky” dialog) are ekdum Bombay masala. Though many reviews state that there’s no point critiquing/reviewing a Salman film I disagree with that. Ek Tha Tiger had a lot in it that could’ve been improved as a film, what you can’t critique is Salman’s sheer star charisma which carries any film good or bad.
But for that, you’d have to take commercial Bollywood seriously which most of our critics find incredibly difficult.
As an aside, though I never reviewed Bodyguard I might’ve been one of the very few people who saw great potential in that film too. If they’d just taken out (or reduced) the tremendously irritating Tsunami comedy track, and moved some of the plots points that were saved for the tail end further up in the script, it could’ve been a lovely throwback to the romance films of the 90s.
I know everyone goes gaga over Salman’s action stuff, but for me, if the action isn’t backed up by a well-told story it makes for a disjointed film. Even if it’s sheer Salman Khan spectacle, there’s no reason why the story has to fail. And by story, I don’t necessarily mean plot logic (after all, suspension of disbelief is a prerequisite for Bolly-viewers) – but more like an emotionally consistent character arc and storyline. That’s why Dabangg is like THE perfect neo-masala movie, along with Agneepath.
Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how Ek Tha Tiger fares in the week to come – this is the period that’s going to indicate whether the movie itself has repeat value. I can’t speak for everyone but even though the film is not a classic for me, I’d go watch it again just for Salman. I really enjoyed the restrained, subdued performance and think it’s one of his best in recent years. Many people only refer to and adore the brawny, almost cartoonish Salman post Wanted and don’t take him seriously as an actor, but the man did do a lot of serious films earlier on in his career. It’s not like he can’t pull it off – he just has to be interested enough.
So NOW the question is: will ETT manage 200 crores? My guess is a definite yes.