Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai is the costliest YRF Studios film ever. It’s trailer was released to exciting response yesterday. And already the film promises to be the most anticipated big-ticket release of 2017. TZH also marks the return of Salman as Tiger and Katrina Kaif as Zoya. The sequel to Ek Tha Tiger (2012) by Yash Raj Films is bigger and better than before and the studio has left no stone unturned to make the second installment on a grander scale. The film also promises to be Salman’s return to the top of the box office chart after the disaster that was Tubelightearlier this year.
According to sources, TZH was made with a budget estimated of Rs.130 crore including print and publicity. The action thriller was shot in Austria, Greece, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates with no expenses spared for the locations. The trailer suggests a strong storyline, exciting car and bike chases, plenty of gritty hand action and gun battles.
TZH’s distribution is being handled by YRF itself and the studio is, therefore, talking directly to exhibitors. Salman, who is working with YRF for the third time after Ek Tha Tiger and Sultan (2016), has reportedly asked for a 50 per cent profit share for TZH. The film will be YRF’s costliest until the release of Thugs of Hindostan starting Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, this period action-adventure film will see Aamir collaborating with the Big B for the first time. It is being made on an approximate budget of Rs. 190 crore. Elaborate sets on foreign locations and expensive costumes have cost YRF a bit, but with Aamir and Mr. Bachchan on board, the studio has not hesitated to invest money because the returns are guaranteed.
After Baahubali which released last year, Aditya Chopra wants Tiger Zinda Hai and Thugs Of Hindostan to be Bollywood’s path-breaking films. Also, YRF does not want to miss out on single screens for its December release of TZH. The film that follows the adventures of the Indian spy Tiger from the first installment, is slated to release on December 22. While Thugs of Hindostan is planned as a Diwali 2018 release.