Killing Terrorists Softly, the Tiger Zinda Hai Way

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Killing Terrorists Softly, the Tiger Zinda Hai Way

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fter two hours and forty-five minutes of Tiger Zinda Hai, you will be certain of one thing: Ali Abbas Zafar has not just made a film, he has proposed a new world order where the Islamic State has been gloriously defeated, its dreaded terrorists have IQs lesser than Donald Trump, and Salman Khan is the de facto Minister of External Affairs with exploding biceps who unilaterally decides to carry out a surgical strike of uniting India and Pakistan for a rescue mission.

Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai, a sequel to Kabir Khan’s 2012 Ek Tha Tiger, is essentially his dramatised response to a real-life incident; one where 46 Indian and 10 Bangladeshi nurses were taken hostage by the ISIS in war-ravaged Iraq in 2014. Back then, the Indian government took part in numerous rounds of skilfull negotiation, aided by Saudi authorities and the Iraq Red Crescent, that ultimately led to ISIS freeing the nurses from their captivity. But dramatisation is one thing, delusion is another.