Tiger (franchise)

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Tiger Franchise
Created by Aditya Chopra
Original work Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
Owner Yash Raj Films
Films and television
Film(s) Ek Tha Tiger
Tiger Zinda Hai
Tiger 3
Part of YRF Spy Universe

Tiger is an Indian film series part of the YRF Spy Universe consisting of action spy films. The original work is the 2012 film, named Ek Tha Tiger , directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Yash Raj Films. [1] It centres on a fictional RAW spy named "Avinash Singh Rathore" aka "Tiger" played by Salman Khan who falls in love with a Pakistani spy of ISI named "Zoya Humaimi" played by Katrina Kaif.


It has a sequel named Tiger Zinda Hai , directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, that released on 22 December 2017. [2] The sequel is based on the 2014 abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL. [3] The first film also spawned a series of graphic novels, published by Yomics World.


Ek Tha Tiger (2012)

Avinash "Tiger" Singh Rathore, a RAW agent, is sent to Dublin to observe an Indian scientist who is suspected of sharing nuclear secrets with the ISI. He meets and falls for his caretaker Zoya Humaimi, who is actually an ISI agent.

Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)

Tiger and Zoya join hands with RAW and ISI in order to rescue a group of Indian and Pakistani nurses, who are held hostage by Abu Usman, who runs a Iraqi terrorist organisation dubbed "ISC".


FilmRelease dateDirectorScreenwriter(s)Story byProducer(s)
Ek Tha Tiger 15 August 2012 Kabir Khan Kabir Khan, Neelesh Misra Aditya Chopra
Tiger Zinda Hai 22 December 2017 Ali Abbas Zafar Neelesh Misra, Ali Abbas Zafar Aditya Chopra

Ek Tha Tiger (2012)

Ek Tha Tiger was the first installment of the series, and was released on 15 August 2012 (worldwide) to positive reviews from critics. It earned ₹325 crore worldwide [4] against a budget of ₹75 crore. [5] becoming one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films by international gross. [6] [7]

Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)

Tiger Zinda Hai was the second installment of the series which was based on true incidents that happened in 2014 the abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL. [3] The film was released on 22 December 2017 worldwide [8] and received positive reviews from critics. [9] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave 4.5 stars, and said "Salman is the lifeline, the real treasure of Tiger Zinda Hai. He sinks his teeth into the character and, in several sequences, peels off the mask of super-stardom and brings the actor to the fore. Katrina is in solid form, in action sequences specifically commands attention." [10] Tiger Zinda Hai made a new non-holiday record in India as it collected 34.1  crore nett on its first day. [11] It went on to collect ₹35.30 crore nett gross on second day. The film recorded the second highest day of all time. It netted Rs 154 crore in its first four days in India. [12] [13] The film grossed 565 crore worldwide [14] becoming the eighth highest-grossing Indian film. At the 63rd Filmfare Awards, it won for Best Action. [15]

Future films

FilmRelease dateDirectorScreenwriter(s)Story byProducer(s)Status
Tiger 310 November 2023 Maneesh Sharma Aditya Chopra, Shridhar RaghavanAditya ChopraFilming [16]

Tiger 3 (2023)

The third installment of the franchise, titled Tiger 3 will mark the return of both Khan and Kaif and is directed by Maneesh Sharma, replacing Kabir Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar from the previous films. [17] Aditya Chopra and Shridhar Raghavan are said to have written the film. [18]

Recurring cast and characters

This table lists the main characters who appear in the Tiger Franchise.

Ek Tha Tiger Tiger Zinda Hai
Salman Khan Avinash Singh Rathore/Tiger
Katrina Kaif Zoya Humaini
Girish Karnad Shenoy
Gavie Chahal Captain Abrar
Siddhartha Basu Indian minister
Ranvir Shorey Gopi
Sajjad DelafroozAbu Usman
Angad Bedi Namit Khanna
Kumud Mishra Rakesh Prajapati


Ek Tha Tiger
Tiger Zinda Hai
Tiger 3
Director Kabir Khan Ali Abbas Zafar Maneesh Sharma
Producer(s) Aditya Chopra
Screenplay & Dialogues Kabir Khan
Neelesh Misra
Ali Abbas Zafar
Story Aditya Chopra Neelesh Misra
Ali Abbas Zafar
Music Composer(s) Sohail Sen
Vishal-Shekhar Pritam
Lyricists Neelesh Misra
Kausar Munir
Anvita Dutt Guptan
Irshad Kamil
Background Score Julius Packiam
Cinematography Aseem Mishra Marcin Laskawiec Anay Goswamy
EditorRameshwar S. Bhagat
Costume Designers Alvira Khan Agnihotri
Ashley Rebello
Arun Chauhan
Anoushka Veljee
Alvira Khan Agnihotri
Ashley Rebello
Leepakshi Ellawadi
Production DesignersSukant PanigrahyRajnish Hedao
Choreographers Vaibhavi Merchant
Ahmed Khan
Vaibhavi Merchant
Action Directors Conrad Palmisano Tom Struthers
Sound DesignersDebashish Mishra
Dwarak Warrier
Dileep Subramaniam
Ganesh Gangadharan
Line ProducersYogendra MogreSudhanshu Kumar

Release and revenue

FilmRelease dateBudgetBox office gross revenue
Ek Tha Tiger 15 August 201275 crore (US$14.04 million) [5] 334 crore (US$62.5 million) [19]
Tiger Zinda Hai 22 December 2017150 crore (US$23.03 million)₹565.1 crore [20] (US$87.32 million) [21]
Total₹225 crore (US$46.3 million)₹899.1 crore (US$149.82 million)

Awards and nominations

Ek Tha Tiger (2012)

2012 People's Choice Awards India 2012 [22] Favourite Movie Ek Tha Tiger Won
Favourite Movie Actor Salman Khan
Favourite Movie Actress Katrina Kaif
Favourite Action Movie ActorSalman Khan
Favourite Song of The Year"Mashallah"
Favourite Action MovieEk Tha TigerNominated
Favourite Action ActorKaran Mangi
3rd BIG Star Entertainment Awards [23] BIG Star Most Entertaining FILM OF THE YEAR Kabir Khan/Aditya Chopra Won
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – MaleSalman Khan
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Film – FemaleKatrina Kaif
BIG Star Most Entertaining Music Sajid–Wajid/Sohail Sen
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Role – MaleSalman KhanNominated
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Male
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor (Film) – Male
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – FemaleKatrina Kaif
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Female
BIG Star Most Entertaining Thriller FilmKabir Khan/Aditya Chopra
BIG Star Most Entertaining Action Film
BIG Star Most Entertaining Director – FilmKabir khan

Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)

2018 63rd Filmfare Awards [15] Best Action Tom StruthersWon

Graphic novels


See also

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