Starring: Ajay Devgan (Shivaay), Sayesha Saigal (Anushka), Erika Kaar (Olga), Abigail Eames (Gaura), Vir Das, Saurabh Shukla
Director: Ajay Devgan
Cinematography: Aseem Bajaj
Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India, whether it be for the common man or for the Bollywood fraternity. Shivaay’s trailer hinted at chaos, action, brilliant music and a perfectly etched character of Shiva played by Ajay Devgan. A three hour long film with some stunning shots of the Himalyas followed by intense action and chase sequences combined with some laudable acting are the standout features of this film.
The journey sets off in the Himalyas so our today’s analogy is going to be based on the Himalyan rail journeys in India. As the journey gathers momentum and we cross the stations in this route, the journey seems to get interesting and enjoyable . A local mountaineer and a Bulgarian girl fall for each other in the midst of the snow-capped mountains and their cute little love story is nurtured by some amazing music by Sunidhi Chauhan and Jasleen Royal.
Ajay Devgan and his on screen daughter Abigail Eames are quite the father-daughter pair and make the frame even more adorable.
As the story unfolds the film promises a lot more twists and turns just like the Himalyan routes, but it is not that great. Yes, Shivaay may give you the occasional chill and surprise but has a very simple and standard story. In the 3 hours the film runs, you will drool over Ajay Devgan’s actions sequences, Aseem Bajaj’s brilliant camera angles of the Himalayas, but, at moments will also curse the standard stereotype blunders Shivaay inherits from those customary Bollywood scripts.
The members you come across in this rail ride put in their best to support the one man show of Ajay Devgan who is either bashing fifty goons in a public place or policemen in the police headquarters. The first timers Sayesha Saigal, Erika Kaar and Abigail Eames do their bit for the women in this film. Vir Das makes his appearance and does the job of a good snack in the journey by filling in for the much needed comedy which would have otherwise made Shivaay much more intense and heavy to digest.
The story loopholes are not the only problem with Shivaay. The negative casting, which despite being a good suspense point, is poorly projected in the film. Ajay Devgan’s character as the Lord of Destruction seems very docile and gentle till the first half, but the second half shows us the chaos, violence and “taandav” of Shiva .
Despite the follies, Shivaay is quite the STANDARD Bollywood film as it cashes on all the regular Bollywood film qualities and promises the entertainment to complement your crackers on the festival. It’s a good film with a lot of features to offer as it loads you with a bulk of emotions and is quite equivalent to one of the longer and meomrable 3rd AC journeys offered by the Indian railways.
My Rating: 3rd AC Journey(3.0/5)