Salman Khan and Kartina Kaif play spy lovers in Kabir Khan's latestSecret agent Tiger (Salman Khan) can jump off buildings, dodge bullets, single-handedly stop trains and return with a high body count. Only problem: he can’t stay hidden (turns out, throwing a keffiyeh around your head and walking in slo-mo only attracts more attention). On his next mission in Dublin, Tiger falls hard for Zoya (Katrina Kaif). He is a loyal servant to India, she to Pakistan. But secret agents cannot be star-crossed lovers for too long. Kabir Khan’s globetrotting action adventure – like its lead – meanders and offers a tepid take on the age old dictum ‘make love, not war’. Khan and Kaif, last seen together in Subhash Ghai’s debacle Yuvvraaj, sorely lack chemistry. They never pass off as a couple up against all odds in this case the secret service wings of the rivaling neighbouring countries. This is a Khan vehicle, but his zealous fans will be disappointed with the lack of humour – the few good laughs are all seen in the trailer. Even with a few nifty choreographed action sequences, heavily inspired by the Bourne series and clearly performed by stunt doubles, Ek Tha Tiger runs out of steam after the first half. This is Veer Zaara without melodrama and romance, but with action that lacks a punch.
Time Out Bahrain , 9 August 2012