You won’t believe what Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s Tiger Zinda Hai was initially called!
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ has barely a week left for its release. And we are counting the days down till next Friday! The Tiger franchise is on its way of becoming a cult of its own with its loyal fan-following. But did you know ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ was not the movie’s name initially?
This may come as a shock to many but yes, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ sequel was not called ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’!
Recently in an interview director, Ali Abbas Zafar dropped this unexpected bomb. The director said, “When I wrote this story it was not supposed to be a sequel to ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. It was called ‘360 Hours’. It was a story of a rescue mission which has Indian and Pakistani agents both. So, when ‘Sultan’ got over I got greedy and I said let me make another film with Salman because he gets me a lot of box office.”
‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ prequel earned over Rs 320 Crore at the box office.
He further added, “I went to Adi (Aditya Chopra) and I said this story remember we wrote, I want to make it, he said ‘fab who do you want to make it with’, I said I want to convert it into Tiger franchise, so he laughed. I said why can’t we make it there’s a Pakistan and Indian spy, why can’t I adapt it into a franchise, and I said I also have a kickass title called ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. So, he also got greedy. Then in a week’s time I adapted entire script as a sequel to ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and narrated it to him and he said it works like magic and it has become better than what we had,” he added.
Ali further said, “So, I went to Salman and told him that I have a story, he said kya title hai, I said ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, he said waah kya title hai. Then I narrated him the story within 20 minutes, he doesn’t hear full script narration, he said, ‘Ali I would just like to tell you one thing that whether it’s a sequel or not I will do the film because the story is the hero here which is bigger than Tiger and Zoya’. Then I narrated the story to Katrina and her reaction was the same,”
The five-year-long wait is about to get over on December 22nd. We along with the fans have been waiting to see Salman Khan as Tiger and Katrina Kaif as Zoya on the big screen! If only next Friday could come sooner!