Directed by Danis Tanović
Starring Emraan Hashmi, Danny Huston, Sam Reid, Geetanjali Thapa and Khalid Abdalla
Ayan, a pharmaceutical salesman in Pakistan, takes on the multinational health care corporation he works for after he realizes they knowingly marketed a baby formula that's responsible for the death of hundreds of babies everyday.
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★★★★★ review by piyushmaurya on Letterboxd
A really moving documentary. The actors and the whole team did a commendable job.
★★★½ review by Sahej Nandrajog on Letterboxd
We make films a certain way and they make films a certain way. And that's a fact. Nothing can be done about it.
Whenever foreign filmmakers have come to India to make a film in and about India, they've made a film of their kind, in our environment. Even when they try to use our style of filmmaking here and there, it almost always ends up being a homage. Then be it Danny Boyle or Majid Majidi.
What I believe the greatest achievement of Tigers, and Danis Tanovic, is that the film is not just set in our environment, but is made the way we make movies here, in this case Pakistan. Tanovic understands our filmmaking very well. And what I mean by understand is that, with this film, he uses cinematic techniques in a way that we use them here in India and which are rarely done in any other industry. For example, the way he uses music is highly similar to the way Bollywood filmmakers use music. Tanovic incredibly uses songs even. I have never seen any foreign filmmaker doing this. Not one that I can remember of. And yet even after adapting to our style, he still retains his voice. In fact, he builds up on that style and sets up an example for how we can improve ourselves. Any viewer could make out that the film was directed by an incredibly talented filmmaker.
Tigers is also a smart film. And the smartest decision the writers make is to not make the film about the story but to make it about a film that is supposed to be made on the story. This plot point avoids a lot of predictability that could come on the way and also helps in making the writting not entirely lazy and sloppy.
Yes, the writing sometimes feels like a problem by the direction covers it up in my opinion.
★★★½ review by Jure Pl on Letterboxd
The film itself isn't all that special, but worth seeing as it's not just a story about one corporation's (Nestlé) tactics indirectly causing deaths of millions of babies, but also about the crew's inability to make a film about that, because of the same corporation's power. So, it's pretty meta and has a strong point.
Really horrible to hear at the Q&A session from the director and producers that the film was dead for 7 years because nobody would want to finance it because of what it's about.
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