First Tiger Zinda Hai Song! I’m Not in Love With It, But I am Excited For the Movie

Literally the second I fell asleep, poof!  This was posted!  And I stayed up late last night too!  Salman must have a Margaret-tracker that tells him when I fall asleep, and that is when he posts the things.

This is a funny thing, I don’t like the song at all.  But I like the fact of the song.  That is, I find it repetitive and dull and unsexy (Tumhari Sulu with the glorious Vidya in a sari dancing for her husband spoiled me for actual sexy).  But it is the kind of song that I want in this kind of a movie.

(Actual sexy)

When “Phurr” came out, I was very depressed, because it seemed like yet another hip-hop rap remix thing, and I didn’t want that kind of thing in the dreamy romance I was hoping for from Jab Harry Met Sejal.  It ended up working in context, against all odds.  But my initial reaction was “I don’t much like the song, and I also don’t like the fact of its existence in this movie.”

(thank goodness the official song video turned out to be totally different from how it was used in the film)

This song, this is different.  I don’t much like the song, but I want this to be a big fun silly movie with no content.  And having a catchy rap song in that place in Greece with the white houses where they always film, that tells me it is going to be a big fun silly movie.  It kind of felt that way already from the trailer (HORSE!), but this confirms it.  A movie I can see with my family.  Which I actually need, the last two weeks of December my life is all family, the only way I will be able to see it is if it is something I can watch with Mom, Dad, my sister, my cousin, my aunt, and my grandpa.  Okay, maybe a little awkward seeing these sexy dances with Grandpa, but not as awkward as if it were actually sexy dances with Vidya.

(Not really sexy)

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32 thoughts on “First Tiger Zinda Hai Song! I’m Not in Love With It, But I am Excited For the Movie

  1. “Repetitive and dull” — exactly what I felt. “Unsexy?” H’mm, I think guys might find Katrina *very* sexy, and despite all odds, I thought Salman looked good. But overall, a big yawn for me.

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    • Yeah. But I’m still glad it wasn’t some dreamy love song, I don’t want a dreamy love story from thiis movie, I want big dumb fun.

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  2. The only interesting thing I found in the song was the line, “If anyone approaches us with love, we will welcome them with a hug (and swag)” juxtaposed with some shots of some kids? (or at least teenagers). I thought it tended to support your speculation in the trailer post that they might show two ways of bringing up kids, and the consequences. Maybe I’m grasping at straws, because otherwise I don’t see how this song could fit into the story at all, except as something to play over the end credits.

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  3. Opening makes more sense, as in setting the tone for what is to follow, but have there been opening credits songs like this, that have no relation otherwise to the story of the film? I know end credits songs are now an established thing.

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    • Dhoom 2 and 3, which were also yash raj of course. So maybe. I could also see something like opening with 10 minutes of straight action, and then slamming in to this song before the real plot starts

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      • I think this is the most likely scenario. Hey, maybe even, that opening action sequence will have Salman and Katrina rescuing the little boy we saw in bed with Salman in the trailer? That would fit.

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        • Yep. I can’t remember if that’s how the Dhoom films worked, the first heist and then song, or if the song started up right away. Maybe one was heist first, and the other was song first? Anyway, this song would work great as a “come in to the theater and stop waiting in line for popcorn, the fun is about to start” kind of song. I think Mubarakan used Jatt Jaguar kind of similarly, there was a whole boring backstory, and then the fun song that was different from the rest of the film to shoot the energy back-up before the movie started.

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    • I still don’t know if I have crossed over to “sexy” with Salman in this, but the beard is definitely helping me get there.

      On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 2:03 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  4. Ah! Its happening! My cousin just WhatsApp(ed) me the song requesting us to dance at her wedding in 3 weeks!!
    its very catchy, and salman looks *cantbelieveIamsayingthis Soo Hot!! #SRKian4Life
    Katrina was Katrina from Dhoom3 on steroids!

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    • I’m sorry, I’m distracted by the first bit. The bride gets to demand what you dance to? That’s horrible! Are you allowed to say “no”? Or, “I don’t want to dance at all, can’t I just give a nice toast”? Or at least “I really don’t feel like a rap person, can I dance to something slower”?

      For the rest of it, is it possible Salman is finally over his awkward age? Was Tubelight the lowest point and now he is on the way up again?

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      • Ah yes! That poor thing is about to do the biggest mistake of her life, so, she gets to demand whatever she desires. Dont worry, Revenge is awaiting! #Muhahaha. (Not my wedding EVER, but my Ph.D graduation party!)

        Makes so much more sense!! Poor Salman! He is climbing his way up!!

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        • Wow, this makes the American tradition of the bride forcing you to wear a hideous bridesmaid dress look like nothing!

          And yep, I feel like Salman didn’t quite know how to handle the late-30s/early-40s era, but it’s possible he could age into a very fine older guy.

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          • oh yes! that as well *sigh.

            Do you ever feel like Salman Khan will ever do character roles instead of these macho-personas!? One could argue that SRK has Red Chillies if he ever retires, but, Salman? What will be his back up plan if say, Tiger Zinda Hai, flops?

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          • The thing about Salman is, he doesn’t need as much money. He doesn’t have a mansion and no family behind him to maintain it. I am sure Salim still has money coming in from his old films, Sohail and Arbaaz have their own small income, Malaika is still helping with child support I am sure and she is working too. They aren’t making huge amounts, but they are all working steadily. Oh right, and there’s also the Being Human brand and store chain. That can keep the foundation going and probably give Salman a nice modest income whenever he feels like retiring.

            I can’t see Salman in character roles somehow, or at least not primarily as a working actor in character roles. I could see him happily retiring, making the occasional Being Human appearance, taking small roles once every few years not for the money but as a favor to a friend, and otherwise just sort of sitting at home and playing with babies and letting the rest of his family support him for a while instead of the other way around.

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          • I think, Salman felt extremely confident and happy in that role…and I also think that he feels fine in Kat’s presence (although I don’t think that it is a sexual thing)…in short: he exudes something he did not what I feel to have happened in a very long time.

            Honestly, I doubt that TZH will be any near to a flop, just the contrary 🙂

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          • I don’t like Salman much but he lives a pretty low key lifestyle in a sense. He’s still living in the same apartment he always lived in. It doesn’t even look fancy. I never see him in those Rolls Royce type cars either like the Bachchans. He seems to like riding his bike and often takes rickshaws too.

            So yes, I wonder what he really does with his money because his expenses are not that high. Maybe it’s been saved for a rainy day. I expect him to be like Dharmendra and retire when he can’t do these masala/action mainstream roles. He will just chill out and enjoy himself. I wouldn’t be shocked if he decides to have kids late in life either with a donor.

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          • He says he is pouring it all into his foundation, and you kind of have to believe him, because I don’t see where else it is going.

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  5. It’s not a great song but it’s pretty catchy. I think this would be a end credits song like Mashallah.

    Apparently Varun is going to do the dance movie that Salman was supposed to do with Remo D’Souza. I’m really curious about this since this was supposed to be a movie where Salman is a single dad who ends up dancing for his daughter or something like that. I don’t think Varun has the on-screen maturity to play a dad, so I’m wondering if he’ll actually play a dad in this movie.
    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/varun-dhawan-replaces-salman-khan-remo-dsouza-dance-film/1/1094694.html

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    • They could change it really easily by just changing the daughter into a younger sister. Make them young orphans, Varun plays mid 20s, his sister is 5-10 years younger, he feels more like a father to her than a brother.

      Or else they are just changing the plot totally, if it is anything like the ABCD movies, the plot doesn’t matter much anyway.

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      • Yeah, or I was thinking they would change it to Varun being a young uncle who’s raising his orphaned niece.

        ABCD 2 is the only Remo D’Souza movie I’ve seen but that was enough to tell how much he cares about the plot 🙂

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        • Why would someone ever offer Salman a dance movie in the first place? He can barely move! I cringe when I see him in songs now because the strain is so obvious. He’s too bulky and slow to move with any agility and it’s going to get worse and worse with age.

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          • I had the same thought. He is the best natural dance of the Khans by far, but he also has the most serious health issues by far. Shahrukh has all that bone stuff, but that’s just pain, not agility so far. Whereas Salman truly doesn’t seem able to move any more.

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  6. Love this song, esp the refrain. It’s a club song more than a Bollywood song, so it’s supposed to be repetitive. A DJ will use a 15-30 sec snippet of it for their dance floor remix, so as long as that snippet is recognizable, that’s all that’s required.

    Also what makes it feel repetitive is Katrina’s choreo, which is quite repetitive and unimaginative. Plus she over-dances the heck out if it, as she seems to do always now. Her Sheila ki Jiwani was so nimble, fluid, and elegant. Since then all her dances seem over-danced.

    Salman looks pretty good with the beard.

    Ek tha Tiger was a pleasant surprise because it wasn’t content-free yet a total popcorn entertainer. Hoping for a similar blend this time around.

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    • I really like the way Katrina dances or over-dances…I always got the feeling that it is in her dancing she finds the most joy in her life…that’s why I found her role (and acting) in JabTakHaiJaan very fitting.

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    • That’s the exact blend I am hoping for too!

      And thank you for explaining how music works. Sincerely, I never go to clubs (out after dark? The noise and the crowds when I could be home with my knitting and my Shahrukh?). That makes a lot of sense, only 30 seconds needs to be good because the rest of it will be dumped later.

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      • There are Bollywood daytime nightclubs nowadays, especially in the summer, usually 4-7p, or sunset nightclubs, 7-9p, or whenever summer sunset is in your area. Even Bollywood afternoon or sunset cruises. You should check it out sometime.

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        • There’s a desi Kareoke place at the end of my street (since I am in the desi neighborhood). But I’ve never been brave enough to check it out. For one thing, it’s the sort of thing you have to do with friends, and all my friends who can sing, don’t know the words. And I know the words but really truly cannot sing.

          Plus, there’s the whole “tere bina basmati basmati basmati” issue with my pronunciation.

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