*ing – Ajay Devgn , Erika Kaar , Abigail Eames , Girish Karnad , Sayessha , Vir Das.
Produced by – Ajay Devgn
Directed by – Ajay Devgn
One of the biggest releases of the year so far , Shivaay is touted to be Ajay Devgn’s Magnum Opus. A film that has been in the making for 2 years, Shivaay has had a few things in its favour right from the start. An overwhelmingly positive response to the posters and trailers and a favourable release date should have ideally proved to be a good scenario for the makers. However,the fact that the film is clashing with ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’,and that this clash has proven to be pretty dirty and controversial right from the time both films were announced has made things a bit difficult. The fact that the makers of Shivaay have been a bit lax with the promotions,and that there are questions over Ajay Devgn’s credibility to handle such a big project have certainly created issues. All said and done, Shivaay is one of the biggest releases of 2016 and has a lot riding on it.Thanks to a fantastic trailer,there are quite a few expectations the audiences have from the film.So does Shivaay deliver?Does Ajay Devgn handle the film well?Most importantly, despite all the controversies, does Shivaay manage to hold its own against Ae Dil Hai Mushkil?
Shivaay has a very average first half,while the second half is a bit better. The problem with Shivaay is that the emotional portions of the movie don’t exactly strike a chord with the audience,atleast in the initial portions of the first half. It is in the last 10-15 mins of the first half the the film really takes off,for this is where an action sequence takes place. The second half is better than the first simply because there is more action involved.
Shivaay is a breathtakingly stunning movie in terms of locations. From the very first scene, you’re left in awe of the snow capped peakes of the Himalayas(shot in Bulgaria). The cinematography and DOP is simply outstanding.These departments had a tough job on their hands,and they’ve done outstandingly well.
The music of Shivaay is good. Darkhaast and Har Har Bolo make an impact on the listeners, and Har Har Bolo has been used well as the background score.
The storyline is decent.The film wavers from logic on many occasions.The editing is plain bad. While the first half could have been trimmed,the second half sees some scenes ending very abruptly. The screenplay is average.
The story reminds the audiences of other movies like ‘Taken’, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Rocky Handsome’ at certain points.
The production values of Shivaay are excellent. The film has been mounted on a lavish scale,and that clearly shows,for the film has a world class feel to it.
If anything makes Shivaay worth watching though, it is the action sequences.The film comes into its own when the action is on,and the fact that Ajay Devgn seems in complete control both on and off the screen during these scenes helps a lot.The action is simply mind blowing for an Indian movie, and does raise the bar for Indian films.If anything can help Shivaay in striking a chord with the core Mass audience, it is the action sequences.
As far as Ajay Devgn is concerned, he does a decent job as both Actor-Director.He makes his mistakes in both,but manages to make a mark overall.He deserves all the plaudits for taking such efforts in making this film.
Among the rest of the starcast,Girish Karnad conducts himself with grace.Vir Das is average.Sayessha does a good job.Saurabh Shukla has a small role,but he does well.Erika Kaar and Abigail Eames support Ajay Devgn pretty well.
Shivaay is a must watch for action lovers. For the average movie going audience, Shivaay has excellent production values,awesome action sequences and stunning locations,but lacks entertainment value.A film which will be majorly enjoyed by the core Mass audience and the single screen audiences, Shivaay can be avoided by someone who doesnot like action.Also,if you’re looking for something wildly entertaining, this is clearly not the film you should watch.A half star extra for Ajay Devgn’s massive efforts into making this film as well as the action sequences.
*** 3 Stars – For fans of Ajay Devgn and Action Junkies
Wishing all my readers a very Safe, Happy and Prosperous Diwali!Have a good time at the Movies!