Shivaay movie review: Overtly lengthy and self-indulgent

 

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Shivaay movie cast: Ajay Devgn, Sayyesha Saigal, Erika Kaar, Abigail Eames

Shivaay movie director: Ajay Devgn

In the closing shot of Shivaay, debutant actress Sayyeshaa Saigal says, “I don’t know what to say. I am at a loss for words.” We too somewhat felt the same after watching this marathon self-indulgent and over lengthy movie that ran for a mind boggling 172 minutes. The Ajay Devgn movie drags on and on, making it a literal snooze fest after a certain point. And that is perhaps Shivaay’s biggest shortcoming.

To be fair, Shivaay opens well with a scenic shot of snow-capped mountains and a shirtless Ajay Devgn lying flat atop a snowy mountain. He springs into life to perform some high-octane action-packed moves — jumping, crawling, walking and running from one peak to another, showcasing his nimble-footed mountaineering skills.

The VFX looks believable and the story moves fast as his love interest Erika Kaar appears. After a whirlwind fling, a daughter is born and Erika — who wasn’t interested in starting a family with Ajay — leaves the daughter behind and goes to Bulgaria. And just like the avalanche showcased in the film, the film starts its down-slide at this very point.

The dad-daughter duo flies down to Bulgaria to meet Erika who had abandoned them long ago. This is where another tragedy strikes that makes Ajay switch on his destructive avatar. And once that is done, the entire movie will leave you with a strong Rohit Shetty hangover.

Ajay’s strength lies in his acting. Unfortunately, the same gets lost in the midst of some mindless action which starts playing itself on loop every time the bad guys appear. The stunts lack the finesse you would expect from an action-packed film and making matters worse is that they are badly choreographed, which take away the pleasure of watching Ajay perform some great moves while tackling the villains. Talking about villain, without letting the cat out, we have to say that this was the biggest let down.

Performance wise, this one was an Ajay Devgn show all the way. The actor is present is almost every other scene, leaving little scope for others to perform. Erika could have stuck to speaking English rather than the heavily accented Hindi which sounded funny. Sayyeshaa marks a decent debut and shows spark and charm while Vir Das should stick to doing stand-up comedy rather than overacting in cameo appearances.

 

 

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