Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s are all set to return for the sequel of blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger. The new film titled as Tiger Zinda Hai will be releasing on Christmas next year. It will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar who has earlier helmed Sultan.
Ali Abbas Zafar told a leading daily that his idea of Tiger Zinda Hai will have the same characters but a completely new story line, he said,
“I am writing spontaneously, going with my instinct. I chose to do the film because of the pressure of it. Directing Katrina and Salman in an installment of a successful franchise is not easy. But, I am focusing on telling a more relevant story for today’s political climate. The characters are from the first part, but the story will be brand new.”
He said he is open to taking suggestions and advice from Kabir Khan. He added, “As artistes, we have to look at things more pragmatically. Kabir is like an elder brother to me. We can be completely honest with each other and debate with an open mind. As part of the fraternity, this dialogue is necessary. We should get as many viewpoints on our material as possible. One instance or anecdote can help improve a story. There is absolutely no ego issue. Kabir always knows exactly what I am doing, and his guidance is valuable.”
When he was asked what to expect from Tiger Zinda Hai, he added, “We hope to make an entertaining espionage. It will be good to see Katrina and Salman back together after five years. They are both smashing to look at and I hope I make them look even better. But, more than anything, I hope there is good content and that I am able to justify their stardom.”
He was further asked about working with two actors who are not known for acting, “They have done it once together, they will rock it again. Potentially, they are both phenomenal. No one can be a huge star in this country if they aren’t good at acting. For me, an actor must necessarily have a connect with the audience. If the ticket payers are giving respect to an actor, they are the right judges to say whether they are good or bad.”
“We plan to shoot at several overseas locations. Usually, my films are set in India. I often start a story in London or Budapest and invariably end it in Haryana or Kolkata. This time, the story will call for fancy locations; there will be a valid reason why the guys are in a new country. Finally, my passport will come to some good use.”