Salman Khan returns as the swaggering Indian super-spy Tiger in “Tiger 3,” a familiar but nonetheless engaging addition to the Yash Raj Spy Universe. While the film follows a formulaic plot, mirroring its predecessors “Ek Tha Tiger” and “Tiger Zinda Hai,” it introduces a personal twist as Tiger battles his Pakistani super-spy wife, Zoya (Katrina Kaif), to thwart terrorists disrupting India/Pakistan peace talks. The storyline, reminiscent of “Tiger Zinda Hai,” takes a predictable turn with Zoya plotting against her Prime Minister alongside disgruntled ex-spy Aatish Rehman (Emraan Hashmi).

The film, starting with a cornball rescue mission, unfolds with Bollywood flair, punctuated by musical interludes and a touch of Hollywood-inspired action. Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s chemistry enhances the movie, marking an improvement over the franchise’s previous installment, “Pathaan.” Katrina Kaif shines in dynamic sequences, elevating the film’s entertainment quotient.

“Tiger 3” may lack originality but compensates with polished storytelling and better execution, making it a noteworthy entry in the franchise. Despite its predictable narrative, the film’s action and musical scenes deliver moments of enjoyment. While not groundbreaking, “Tiger 3” caters to fans and hints at the potential convergence of marquee Bollywood heroes in future installments, making it a suitable watch for a holiday crowd.

With a successful box office run, the film’s blend of likable characters and creative action aligns with the established genericism of blockbuster cinema, offering a family-friendly potboiler worth considering for streaming once it leaves theaters.

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