‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ (207) is a tribute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi according to the film’s director, Ali Abbas Zafar
The plot of the Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif film is inspired from the 2014 hostage rescue operation that India pulled off to save the lives of 46 of its nurses held captive by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq. Modi, who had just assumed the post of Prime Minister when this serious crisis hit his government, worked to ensure no lives were lost, reports the Hindustan Times.
Zafar was inspired by how Modi handled the situation and he wanted to keep a tribute for him in the movie. “If you have noticed, during the rescue mission in Tiger Zinda Hai, Paresh Rawal asks Tiger (Salman Khan) if ‘PM sahab’ is aware of the mission. The original dialogue in the film was ‘Modi Ji Ko Pata Hai?’ as a tribute to him and the mission,” Ali revealed.
“However, since the entire film is a work of fiction, the censor board rightfully asked us to change it to ‘PM sahab’. We respected their accurate decision as we were not retelling the exact details of the rescue mission,” he added.
The movie’s dream run at the box office started on day one itself when it created the biggest ever non-holiday earning record by a Bollywood film by securing Rs 34 crore net. It then recorded the ‘biggest ever single day collection’ in the history of Bollywood by earning 45.53 crore net on Day 3. It went on to record the highest ever three-day weekend and then the Biggest ever four-day extended Holiday weekend.