Saiyaara – Tarannum/Mohit – Sohail Sen | Ek Tha Tiger (2012)


Movie: This song appeared in 2012 Yash-Raj Films’ hit romantic spy thriller Ek Tha Tiger (There was a Tiger) directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Aditya Chopra. The movie starred Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth, Gavie Chahal, etc. Post this movie; a sequel Tiger Zinda Hai was released last year. The critics were happy with only the movie’s music, action and cinematography.

RAW agent Tiger tends to kill someone or the other during every mission. His boss Dr. Shenoy (Girish Karnad) warns him about it before giving him a new assignment. The new mission is in Dublin, Ireland; where Trinity College Professor Anwar Jamaal Kidwai (Roshan Seth) is suspected of sharing his findings with the Pakistani spy agency ISI. Gopi (Ranvir Shorey) also joins Salman Khan in the mission.

Though Tiger meets the professor, he is unable to spend time with him. Instead, he ends up dating the professor’s caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif). What initially started as an attempt to find more information becomes a romantic drama. Before he realizes anything; Tiger is attacked and robbed by someone, he suspects is an ISI agent. Gopi keeps warning Tiger, not to let personal feelings obstruct him from performing his duty toward his nation. Soon, Zoya also falls in love with him and Tiger and she get to know each other’s feelings.

When Professor Kidwai and Tiger are present at a theater watching the dance choreographed by Zoya, some activity is discovered in Professor Kidwai’s home. Gopi informs his friend about it. Tiger discovers Zoya copying the Professor’s research files from his computer. Tiger tries to convince her into working for India. She decides not to commit treason to her country Pakistan. Tiger kills her colleague, who appears suddenly and Tiger lets her go.

Through a cryptic message, Zoya informs that she would be attending the UN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting at Istanbul and Tiger shakes himself out of his forced rest and a desk job. He joins Dr. Shenoy and the Indian Foreign Minister at the meeting. Zoya and Tiger meet and this song is heard in the background at this point.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Kausar Munir and the music was composed by Sohail Sen.

The man says, “You are my beloved. I am yours. Now, we will meet in the world of stars.”

Video: Cinematography is by Aseem Mishra.

The video opens with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif looking at each other and she moves away. The song begins at this point. She looks back and runs into his arms. She is crying. She goes back to the waiting taxi and leaves in it. He is still walking on the rocky beach, sometime later. She returns to her room in the hotel sadly.

Salman Khan is seen on the lower deck of a large moving ship. He is, then, seen in his room, dressing up. But, he stops midway. Katrina Kaif is in a trance like one possessed. They again meet at a party for the delegates. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as Salman Khan approaches Katrina Kaif in the party disregarding the other people including Girish Karnad around them.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Tarannum Mallik and Mohit Chauhan and the onscreen performances are by Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song shows that the hero and the heroine are still in love with each other. But, they cannot unite because they belong to warring countries. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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