Mixing awkward dating humor, starry-eyed sentiment and James Bond-ian set pieces, "Ek Tha Tiger" is a relentlessly superficial — nigh, ridiculous — entertainment, but manages to protect its story twists the old-fashioned way, through star power, picturesque locations (Ireland, Cuba, Turkey) and pleasurably choreographed action.
The lavishly produced Bollywood action love story starts from an admittedly unusual point in the spy-vanquisher genre: career fatigue and romantic longing. Salman Khan's Indian intelligence hero "Tiger" has been on back-to-back missions for 12 years.
After brutally fending off enemies in an Iraq-set prologue, Tiger's boss (Girish Karnad) comes to Tiger's meager, sparsely-furnished flat, and the two chat about an agent's chance for love before they get to existential security threats.
Naturally, then, when Tiger drops into Dublin to shadow a science professor (Roshan Seth) who might be spilling secrets to Pakistan, his focus becomes compromised when he falls for the professor's beautiful caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif).