Ajay Devgn was out of the director’s chair for a long while after U, Me Aur Hum. And with Shivaay, he returns with the hat. He surprised everyone throughout the movie. Right from being the only recognizable leading actor in the movie, to the actual execution of the movie. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the movie surprised me.
Shivaay is an action drama movie and it makes itself very clear in the first few scenes. Ajay Devgan’s Shivaay(the character) is shown falling on the ground, unconscious, with a doll in his hands. And in the next shot, we know why this fall is a big thing. The complete opening credit sequence is dedicated to the descending down a peak by Shivaay. And needless to say, it is spectacular.
About Shivaay and Cast
Shivaay is written by Sandeep Shrivastava and Robin Bhatt. It is produced and directed by the leading actor of the movie, Ajay Devgn. Along with Ajay, the other actors are Sayyeshaa Saigal, Erika Kaar, Abigail Eames, Girish Karnad and Vir Das. The music is composed by Mithoon and the lyrics are penned by Sayeed Quadri, Sandeep Shrivastava, and Aditya Sharma.
The story of the movie revolves around Shivaay(Ajay), who lives on mountains and organizes treks and expeditions for a living. On one such trek, he meets Olga(Erika), a Bulgarian student, and saves her life. They fall in love and Olga gets pregnant. While Olga is reluctant, Shivaay wants the baby and asks Olga to stay till the baby is born and she can leave after that. Months later, he is shown living with his daughter Gaura(Abigail), who also likes to climb on cliffs. Accidentally, she comes across a letter from her mother, who left after her birth. Gaura insists that Shivaay takes her to Bulgaria to meet Olga. After initial resistance, Shivaay agrees.
In Bulgaria, while they are trying to find Olga, Shivaay’s daughter is kidnapped by few masked men. Shivaay, while following these men, is mistaken as a criminal and arrested. He manages to break through their grip and contacts Anushka(Sayyeshaa), to ask for help from the Indian Embassy where she works and was helping them find Olga.
Ajay Devgn is a name which is used as a benchmark in terms of acting. And this movie is no exception. He showcases the acting abilities with ease. The newcomers Erikaa, Abigail and Sayyeshaa do their parts with conviction, but there is not much to praise. Girish Karnad, Saurabh Shukla and Vir Das are in very small roles to showcase brilliance, nevertheless, they shine bright.
Story, Screenplay, and Dialogues
Sandeep Shrivastava and Robin Bhatt put forward a decent effort, however, there is nothing extraordinary in the writing. The movie feels like just another movie if the script itself is to be considered.
This is where Shivaay impresses everyone. ‘Bolo Har Har Har‘ is an unconventional devotion towards Shiv while brilliantly hinting at the character of Shivaay. ‘Darkhaast‘ has a catchy tone and mesmerizing voices, however, I personally did not like it much. ‘Raatein‘ is yet another beautiful song by Jasleen Royal after Baar Baar Dekho. The favorite of them all for me was ‘Tere Naal Ishqaa‘ where Mithoon and Kailash Kher just sink deep into our hearts. Also great credit to the direction and screenplay of the song in particular.
The action is spectacular in Shivaay. Ajay Devgn chases speeding cars climbs cliffs, jumps off cliffs and beats the hell out of the baddies. However, it would have been much more interesting if the edit was easy to the eyes. Long story short, the action is good, but hard to follow due to quick cuts and jarry camera shakes.
Ajay Devgn surpassed all the expectations that I personally had before watching the movie. He shows the mood of the situation through his direction. It is definitely a positive name in the small portfolio of Ajay as a director. However, it felt a lot of times that the movie is focussed more than a desirable limit on just the central character, and apart from Sayyeshaa’s character, no other character looks explored much.
In the second week, Shivaay is still a good movie to consider for a family outing at the cinemas. It is best watched with the family. Positive vibes make a good festive cinematic experience.
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