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iger (Salman Khan) – India's top spy and an officer for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – is forced to kill one of his men in Iraq for defecting to Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Tiger later poses as a writer in Dublin to observe a professor of Indian origin, Anwar Kidwai (Roshan Seth), who teaches at Trinity College and is suspected of sharing his nuclear weapons research with Pakistan. Tiger's partner, Gopi (Ranvir Shorey), accompanies him on this mission. Tiger befriends Kidwai's caretaker, Zoya (Katrina Kaif), to gain access to his house, but the pair grow close. Tiger is later attacked, and fears his identity is compromised, which leads to Tiger publicly preventing a Luas train crash. Meanwhile, Tiger and Zoya come to know about their feelings for one another, but he discovers Zoya is an ISI agent tasked on the same mission as him. She refuses to commit treason, and Tiger event ually lets her go. Tiger and Zoya meet at a United Nations meeting in Istanbul, and they decide to elope to Havana. Their respective agencies track them down after they foil an attempted robbery, and Zoya is arrested by the Cuban police. Tiger meets Gopi, stating Zoya will cooperate with RAW in exchange for her escape. Tiger and Gopi lead a team to intercept Zoya's prisoner transport convoy, but Tiger and Zoya flee Cuba together. Sometime later, Tiger calls his boss, Shenoy (Girish Karnad), and informs him the pair will only return when Pakistan and India no longer need ISI and RAW. In the epilogue, several sightings of Tiger and Zoya are reported in Venice, Cape Town, Zurich, and London. Cast Ek tha Tiger marks the fourth feature film to star Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Further information on the characters: Tiger (franchise) Salman Khan as Avinash Singh "Tiger" Rathore A RAW agent who goes undercover under the alias Manish Chandra. Katrina Kaif as Zoya "Zee&qu ot; Humaimi An ISI agent who goes undercover to counteract the efforts of Tiger. Ranvir Shorey as Gopi Arya A RAW agent and Tiger's handler. Gavie Chahal as Abrar A section captain of the ISI. Girish Karnad as Shenoy The chief of RAW, who poses a deep dislike of Pakistan. Roshan Seth as Anwar Kidwai An Indian scientist whose missile research is sought by RAW and the ISI. Production Development Initially, Kabir Khan was announced to be the director, and after finalising the story, approached Shah Rukh Khan with a draft of the script. Although interested, Khan could not star in the film due to scheduling conflicts. This allowed the film's script, which had been completed in November 2010, to undergo changes until February 2012. In May 2011, a number of reports confirmed Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif would star in a film titled Ek Tha Tiger. It would be Khan's first venture with Yash Raj Films, and the pair's fourth together, after Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005), Partner (2007), and Yuvvraaj (2008). In order to begin filming, Khan postponed the development of Sher Khan, a project he begun with his brother, Sohail Khan. He was paid a reported ?32 crore (US$4.2 million) to star in the film. Kaif, who only appeared in one action film prior to Ek Tha Tiger (2008's Race), performed her own stunts. The rest of the cast was finalized over the following year; Ranvir Shorey signed on in April 2012, while the film marks the Bollywood debut of Gavie Chahal, who previously appeared in Punjabi films. On May 3, 2012, a photograph shoot was held with the cast. After release, the film was subject to a copyright dispute after writer Anand Panda lodged a police complaint, backed by the Screenwriters Association, claiming the filmmakers stole his script. Director Kabir Khan and producer Aditya Chopra were sent first information reports under charges of cheating, criminal breach of trust, and violation of the Copyright Act. Khan and Chopra subsequently filed an app eal to the Bombay High Court. Filming The film's production contained a number of delays. Initial reports said principal photography would begin in July 2011, but a spokesperson for Yash Raj Films announced production had been delayed due to budgeting concerns. Filming began in August 2011 in Dublin, but was postponed after Salman Khan underwent surgery for trigeminal neuralgia in the United States, and when some crew members in Ireland held a demonstration over filming conditions and a lack of payment. Filming resumed in September 2011 in Turkey, in Istanbul and near the border with Syria and Iraq. There, the crew faced security concerns when they were mistaken for a hostile threat by Turkish Land Forces, and were required to lie down for ten minutes at gunpoint while the issue was being resolved. Production was halted altogether in early 2012 to account for script re-writes, abandoning production in Hong Kong in favor of an eventual crunch-schedule three-day period in Delhi. F ilming ended in June 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Stunt directors for The Bourne Identity (2002) coordinated the film's action sequences, some of which were shot on location. Khan used a self-created fitness program titled 'Dirty Running' for 30 days to prepare for the role. Kaif completed her scenes without makeup. Filming also took place in Havana, being the first Bollyood film to shoot in Cuba. Khan also appeared in a commercial for a Cuban tourism company. Music Ek Tha Tiger Soundtrack album by Sohail Sen Released 1 August 2012 Recorded 2011–2012 Studio YRF Studios Genre Filmisoundtrack Length 31:27 Label YRF Music Producer Sohail Sen (also exec.)JoshilayJulius PackiamSajid–Wajid Sohail Sen chronology From Sydney with Love (2012) Ek Tha Tiger (2012) Gunday (2014) Sajid-Wajid chronology Teri Meri Kahaani (2012) Ek Tha Tiger (2012) Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal (2012) Singles from Ek Tha Tiger "Mashallah" Released: 27 June 2012 The film's soundtrack w as composed and produced by Sohail Sen, although the film's theme song "Mashallah" was produced by Sajid–Wajid. Reportedly, composer A. R. Rahman was approached to do the music of the film, which he agreed to and later backed out citing time constraints. Recording for the soundtrack began in 2011. After Rahman quit the project, the soundtrack was due to be composed by Pritam, who was credited for the music on the film's first digital poster. However, he dropped out following scheduling conflicts with Dhoom 3 (2013). As a result Julius Packiam composed the score and Sohail Sen composed all songs except one. Packiam and Kabir Khan are frequent collaborators, having worked together on Kabul Express (2006) and New York (2009). Neelesh Misra, Anvita Dutt and Kausar Munir wrote the lyrics, and its remixes were produced by Joshilay. In late 2011, the song "Jaaniyan", recorded by Pakistani singer Bilawal Baloch, was leaked, and was reported to be included o n the soundtrack. Yash Raj Films denied the song was to be on the soundtrack, and announced increased security measures to prevent leaks. The soundtrack was released by YRF Music on 1 August 20