Tiger Zinda Hai

“Tiger Zinda Hai,” featuring Salman Khan as Tiger, is a fictional take on the real-life story of the survival of Indian nurses held hostage at a hospital in Tikrit, Iraq, in 2014. (Ali Abbas Zafar/Twitter photo)

MUMBAI—“Tiger Zinda Hai” has retained many elements from a real-life hostage situation involving 46 Indian nurses in Iraq. The 2014 incident saw these young Indian nurses cheating death while being held hostage by militants at a hospital in Tikrit in the battle-torn country of Iraq. The miraculous story of their survival is the inspiration behind “Tiger Zinda Hai, ” and director Ali Abbas Zafar has retained several elements from the crisis in the film.

The events unfolded at a hospital in the city of Tikrit. This hospital is part of the narrative, though the name of the city has been changed to Ikrit in the film. The film has many other such details from the original incident. As director Zafar said, “There are a lot of moments in the film that will remind audiences of the actual incident in Iraq. Having said that, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is a completely fictional take on the crisis and our version of how Tiger would resolve it.”

The high-octane action entertainer is set to release on Dec. 22. Though the director and composers (Vishal-Shekhar) have been changed, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif have been retained in this sequel to the 2012 “Ek Tha Tiger.”

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