Tiger Zinda Hai

Salman Khan used MG 42, a massive machine gun, to fight his gritty battles in “Tiger Zinda Hai.” He fired around 5000 cartridges in a heavy-duty action sequence that forms a crucial part of the film’s plot. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—The first thing that comes to one’s mind about “Tiger Zinda Hai” is its promise of breathtaking action. Salman Khan, who reprises his role as Tiger from the 2012 “Ek Tha Tiger,” will be seen in some jaw-dropping and death-defying never-seen-before action in the most awaited action entertainer of 2017.

Tiger will be seen pulling off some insane stunts and wielding some of the heaviest weapons to tear down his enemies. MG 42, a massive machine gun, is the weapon of choice for Tiger to fight his gritty battles. Khan’s character fires the gun in a heavy-duty action sequence that forms a crucial part of the film’s plot. Shooting with the weapon, though, didn’t come easy. The MG 42 weighs over 25 kilos. It also has a magazine of cartridges attached to it, which makes the gun a beast of destruction.

Director Ali Abbas Zafar explained, “When you feature a superstar like Salman Khan, who is known to pull his weight for a film’s action, you need to have weaponry that suits his stature and also fit in with the scale of ‘Tiger Zinda Hai.’ This fight sequence is part of a very crucial chapter in the film, and the weapon needed to match the scale and impact of this moment. For this scene, Salman fired around 5000 cartridges over three consecutive days. It actually becomes one of the most iconic shots of the film. Because the gun was being used continuously, we needed to keep two such weapons ready for use. It generates extreme heat, and we worked in very hot conditions. We had to flip the gun continuously, and keep both in perfect functioning condition.”

“Tiger Zinda Hai” has shot in five different countries across the world to capture its story. An espionage drama, it has the film’s protagonists Tiger and Zoya travel to five different countries, fighting against the odds to fulfill their life-threatening mission. A dramatic journey of two intelligence agents, the film is huge in scale, and Zafar wanted the expanse of the movie to come out through Tiger’s adventures across Austria, Greece, Morocco, Abu Dhabi and India.

Said Zafar again, “To meet the scale of the film, we had to travel to four different countries for different reasons. Certain landscapes needed to become a part of the film, so we had to go to Austria to get the snow-covered mountains. We also had to go to Morocco to feature crucial fight sequences of horseback riding. The country’s landscape and topography bring a certain texture to these sequences. It also has horses trained for some fight sequences, as many Hollywood films like ‘Troy’ and ‘Mummy Returns’ were shot here.”

“Greece was absolutely picturesque and was the perfect location to shoot the celebratory anthem ‘Swag Se Karenge Sab Ka Swagat,’” he added. “Abu Dhabi gave us desert terrain. We got great support from the Abu Dhabi government, be it locations, production, army and air-force requirement. They helped us create larger-than-life action drama sequences. We also shot a couple of scenes in North and South Block, Delhi. Overall, each location has a huge significance and is part of turning-points in the film’s script.”

Keeping in mind its aim to deliver the biggest action adventure of 2017 that are at par with international standards, YRF’s “Tiger Zinda Hai” team engaged with film crews that have handled major Hollywood films in each foreign location.

The film reunites Aditya Chopra, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Vishal-Shekhar score music.

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