Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai has gained attention and generated discussion since the time its announcement was made on Eid. The film, which is a sequel of 2012 release Ek Tha Tiger, will be directed by Sultan director Ali Abbas Zafar who will be taking over the mantle from Ek Tha Tiger director Kabir Khan. Zafar had earlier assisted Kabir on 2009 film New York that starred Katrina Kaif. Ali tweeted–“Tiger Zinda Hai @BeingSalmanKhan #katrina kaif. Nervousness and excitement”–well the director has many plans for the film and also huge expectations to meet. See all that director had to say about the Salman-Katrina film.
Ali Abbas Zafar knows how important it is for the audience to connect with the actors of the film. Probably this is the reason why he has not changed the cast of the film.
In an interview with Mid Day, the director said about Katrina and Salman, “They have done it once together, they will rock it again. Potentially, they are both phenomenal. No one can be a huge star in this country if they aren’t good at acting. For me, an actor must necessarily have a connect with the audience. If the ticket payers are giving respect to an actor, they are the right judges to say whether they are good or bad.”
On reuniting Katrina and Salman onscreen after five years, which is a reason to rejoice for all fans, he said in the interview: “It will be good to see Katrina and Salman back together after five years. They are both smashing to look at and I hope I make them look even better. But, more than anything, I hope there is good content and that I am able to justify their stardom.”
But why is Kabir Khan not directing Tiger Zinda Hai? Zafar had this to say, “As artistes, we have to look at things more pragmatically. Kabir is like an elder brother to me. We can be completely honest with each other and debate with an open mind. As part of the fraternity, this dialogue is necessary. We should get as many viewpoints on our material as possible. One instance or anecdote can help improve a story. There is absolutely no ego issue. Kabir always knows exactly what I am doing, and his guidance is valuable.”
Tiger Zinda Hai is still in the scripting stage. Ali added: “I am writing spontaneously, going with my instinct. I am focusing on telling a more relevant story for today’s political climate. The characters are from the first part, but the story will be brand new. I am targeting to take the film on floors in 2017’s first quarter.”
Ek Tha Tiger was shot in Dublin, Delhi and Bangkok. About Tiger Zinda Hai’s locations, the director said in the interview, “We plan to shoot at several overseas locations. Usually, my films are set in India. I often start a story in London or Budapest and invariably end it in Haryana or Kolkata. This time, the story will call for fancy locations; there will be a valid reason why the guys are in a new country. Finally, my passport will come to some good use,” he said.
Source: Indian Express