Ali Abbas Zafar is gearing up for his upcoming film “Tiger Zinda Hai”. He says that he feels a kind of pressure for his forthcoming film, because the prequel ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ in 2012 was a big commercial success onscreen.
Not only for anything else but also, if that star kind of trusts you so much to do something new to him, explore him in a newer way. Also, the fact is that it is a big franchise, it was a big hit. So, there is always a pressure to take that franchise ahead.
“Ek Tha Tiger” recounts the story of an Indian spy falling in love with a Pakistani spy during an oppression. Talking about the sequel, Ali says:
The sequel will again be set against political backdrop, talking about India’s position in the world. It is a sequel, but it’s too early to talk about it in detail. It’s a political espionage. It’s about spies, what is happening in the world today, where does India stand, what is right, wrong. It’s about all of that.
Katrina Kaif also is a part of the film whereas she was there in first part too. She will be seen in a strong negative role. Ali says Katrina will Kill him if he doesn’t give her a profound role.
I hope I give her a strong character, she will kill me if I don’t. She is my best friend. I hope there are strong characters (in the film).
The director accepts that he is enormously inspired by women around him. Thus, he usually has strong female characters in his films. He was speaking at the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
I have always seen strong women around me, be it my mother, she was a teacher, she held the house and worked. Women who have opinions and stick to their grounds. In India, all our goddesses are women. It’s a country of strong women. It is just that we don’t see it that way because of our shortcoming. It’s high time for India to realise that and create characters which are as strong as men and take it from there.