Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ has retained many elements from the real-life hostage situation involving 46 Indian nurses in Iraq. The 2014 incident saw the young Indian nurses cheating death while being held hostage by militants at a hospital in Tikrit in the battle-torn country of Iraq.
The miraculous story of their survival is the inspiration behind the story for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ and director Ali Abbas Zafar has picturised several elements from the crisis in the second installment of Tiger film series.
A source reveals, “The crisis unfolded at a hospital in the city of Tikrit. This hospital is part of the narrative in Tiger Zinda Hai. The name of the city has been changed to Ikrit in the film. The film has many other such details from the original incident which one will notice when the film releases’’.
Director Ali Abbas Zafar said, “There is a lot of moments in the film that will remind audiences of the actual incident in Iraq. Having said that, Tiger Zinda Hai is a complete fictional take on the crisis and our version of what Tiger would do in case a crisis was to happen for him to resolve’’.
‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ also feature Iranian actor Sajjad Delfrooz, Angad Bedi, Kumud Mishra and Nawab Shah in pivotal roles.
The film has been shot in several locations in abroad including Abu Dhabi, Austria, Greece and Morocco.
Produced by Aditya Chopra, the high-octane action entertainer is set to release on December 22.