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Tiger Zinda Hai trailer: Salman Khan as desi Rambo kills it in Ali Abbas Zafar's film

The action-packed trailer captures a glimpse of the scaled-up, high-octane film directed by 'Sultan' Zafar.

Shriram Iyengar

The trailer for Ali Abbas Zafar's Tiger Zinda Hai starring Salman Khan has been released today. The trailer, which features Khan and Katrina Kaif, is an action-packed one that stands the test of expectations.

The 3-min-7-second trailer begins with the abduction of 25 Indian nurses in 'ISC'-infested Iraq (ISIS, anyone?). The brutal scenes of violence encapsulate the threat faced by the world at large, and one man is given the responsibility of rescuing the medical personnel.

Salman Khan's entry as Tiger is quite like a superstar's, and worth the wolf whistles from the frontbenchers. The final sequence of the actor going ballistic, Rambo-style, delivers the icing on the cake.

The film is set to be released on 22 December. Tiger Zinda Hai is the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger (2012), which was directed by Kabir Khan.

Khan launches through the screen on his skateboard, flies through opponents on horseback, and bashes their skulls with his bare fists. As the Indian super spy sent out on a rescue mission, Salman Khan looks back at his best. His version of the character is a very desi combination of John Rambo, xXx, and Jason Bourne.

He is joined by ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif, who packs another wallop with her performance as the Pakistani spy Zoya who joins Tiger in his mission.

Kaif looks intense, and at home doing some stunning action scenes. Going by the trailer, the actress's work on her posture and gunfighting seems to have paid off. The chemistry between the two leads, whether in fight sequences or in the romantic interludes, also makes for interesting viewing.

While the first film ended with the two enemy spies eloping and evading government authorities, the second film hints that the super spy has more than just the two of them.

Director Zafar's trailer offers a glimpse into the increased scale and style of the film. From well-choreographed action sequences to catchy, punch-laden dialogues, the trailer has enough to get hardcore Salman Khan fans excited.

With a reference to the terrorism unleashed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State (or ISIS), the film acquires a certain global relevance and might just have enough to sate Khan's fans who were left feeling underwhelmed by Tubelight (2017).

Tiger Zinda Hai is produced by Yash Raj Films.

Watch the trailer below: