Shivaay was the much-anticipated film this Diwali and was touted to be as the biggest action-adventure film. And going by the promos of the movie and clash with Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the expectations were even raised higher. Now let us see if such type of super expectations has been fulfilled by the actor-director Ajay Devgn to his fans.
Loosely based on Hollywood films like ‘Taken’ and ‘Cliffhanger’, the story revolves around Shivaay (Ajay Devgn) – who is big devotee of Lord Shiva, resides in Himalayas and has a mountaineering business. Soon he fell in love with a tourist Olga (Erika) and his romantic tryst resulted in girl child Gaura (Abigail). While Olga goes back to her homeland Bulgaria, Gaura is being brought up her dad Shivaay. Years later, Gaura insisted to meet her mother, and so Shivaay takes her to Bulgaria. However, soon after reaching there, the little gets kidnapped and her father now takes a no-holds-barred mission to get back her daughter.
To be honest, ‘Shivaay’ is a perfect Diwali film – where the canvas of it is massive, the film is filled with spoons of action and emotions, and it also represents the typical good-versus-evil kind of story to the audience. In short, the film is blended with some jaw-dropping actions and beautiful emotions, where the makers try their best to thrill the audience to give an ideal entertaining experience.
Actor-Director Ajay Devgn is at its best to showcase an action emotional film. The action sequences which he portrayed here is altogether in a different level, and your mind will just blow away with terrifying stunts and spectacular action. Of course, the entire crew was hired and executed by some Hollywood professionals, but the end-result is worth-watching on the big screen.
On the other hand, there are few minus points here as well, which hampers the overall excitement. At first, the film could have edited well to make it more crisp and entertaining. I would believe, it could have well been edited by approximate 15-20 minutes, as some of the scenes were so long, that it was dragging the plot unnecessarily. Also, the screenplay was a bit randomly scattered, where the characters were just playing around even there’s nothing to offer. In addition, some logic to certain parts of the screenplay would have as well helped the audience to understand. The escape and survival of Shivaay in the pre-climax part is quite unreal to accept.
As far as the performances goes, Ajay Devgn as usual just excels in each and every frame here. His natural and exceptional talent simply makes a WOW to his screen character. Moreover, to direct and act at the same point of time needs a special kind of dedication, and Ajay justifies both of his part here. Erika and Abigail make their best attempt to emote in front of the camera, and debutant Sayyeshaa does a decent job. Vir Das, Girish Karnad and Saurabh Shukla plays their role very well. Cinematography, visual and setting scores full marks here. Music and Background score is impressive!
So is it a Paisa-Vasool film? Well, if you are an action-adventure lover kind of person, then Shivaay is a must-watch film, where action and stunts here will just amaze you to a different level altogether. Despite of some glitch in the screenplay, Shivaay is a perfect Diwali film, which is filled with the dollops of action and emotions, along with representing the typical good-versus-evil kind of story to the audience.
Rating: 3 Stars