Ek Tha Tiger is an action spy thriller film directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films. It stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, and features Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth and Gavie Chahal in supporting roles. The film was the third collaboration of Kabir Khan with Yash Raj Films after Kabul Express (2006) and New York (2009). The plot centers on an Indian spy (RAW) code-named Tiger who falls in love with a Pakistani spy (ISI) during an investigation and how Tiger’s ideology and principles change over time.
Pre-production started in the second half of 2010 after the script had been completed. Principal photography commenced on September 2011 and ended in June 2012. The film was shot in five countries. Initially scheduled for a release on June 2012, the film’s release was delayed and it opened on 15 August 2012, coinciding with India’s Independence Day was holiday which celebrates on the 65th anniversary to the marked.
It is the first installment of the Tiger film series. A sequel titled Tiger Zinda Hai, was released on 22 December 2017.