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Movie Review: Shivaay (2016)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

shivaaySHIVAAY is an emotional action thriller that touches upon the relationship between a father and his daughter and the extent to which he goes for her. The film starts off with the fearless daredevil Shivaay (Ajay Devgn) helping the Indian Army in an assignment amidst the snow-clad mountains and dangerous terrains. This is followed by him leading a group of enthusiastic mountaineers to an expedition. On this expedition, he meets Olga Paramski (Erika Kaar). Gradually, they both fall in love and have a love child Gaura (Abigail Eames). After the birth of Gaura (who is mute by birth), Olga leaves both, Shivaay and Gaura, in order to live her life in her home country Bulgaria.

Post that, Shivaay looks after Gaura as a single parent and tells her that her mother is dead. But, one day, when Gaura discovers the truth about her mother, she gets very angry at Shivaay for lying to her. In order to pacify her, Shivaay takes Gaura to Bulgaria to meet her mother Olga. It is here that Gaura gets kidnapped by unknown human traffickers. Thereafter starts Shivaay’s search for his daughter Gaura. He is helped by Anushka (Sayyeshaa), Wahab (Vir Das) and Sharma (Saurabh Shukla). Does Shivaay manage to trace Gaura as well as Olga in the unknown country of Bulgaria, what are the obstacles that he faces while searching Olga and Gaura, what role does Anushka play in Shivaay’s life is what forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “SHIVAAY is a perfect emotional thriller that scores high on the account of its breathtaking visuals, amazing action and a high octane performance by Ajay Devgn. “
bollywoodhungama
3.0 “Laced with visual excellence, you applaud his film’s larger than life canvas but despite the efforts, his second directorial venture fails to engage you emotionally.”
timesofindia
3.0 “If you’re an adventure junkie, Shivaay is the film for you..”
dnaindia
3.0 “With crisper editing and less melodrama, Shivaay could’ve been the best of the year.”
filmfare
Average Reviews
2.5 “SHIVAAY is Ajay Devgn’s weakest Diwali gift since GOLMAAL. “
glamsham
2.5 “With a runtime of two hours and fifty three minutes, don’t be surprised to be hear yawns, from the audience, at regular intervals.”
sify
2.5 “Watch Shivaay only if you are a sucker for action scenes and don’t mind spending huge bucks to witness a scene in the film where a random girl describes Ajay’s character as ‘hot and sexy’ to Erika!”
filmibeat
2.5 “Devgn’s Desi Tadka To ‘Taken'”
movietalkies
2.5 ” Ajay Devgn climbs mountains, the film doesn’t”
hindustantimes
Negative Reviews
1.0 “A terrific looking terrible film!”
Rediff: Sukanya Verma
2.0 “Ajay Devgn’s Film is a Misfire of Himalayan Proportions”
Movies NDTV
2.0 “Amateurishly written ‘tell and show’ scenes, makes this Ajay Devgn starrer a regressive tripe”
indiatvnews
2.0 “Not a shred of originality in this father-daughter copy of ‘Taken’ plus ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ copy, unless you are fascinated by snow, tattoos, and foreign locales where really bad foreign people live. “
nowrunning
2.0 “Shivaay seems high on never ending action and loud emotion. Visuals don’t fill the void of the missing storyline and hence a 2/5 for the film.”
koimoi
2.0 “It is laden with an overbearing darkness which eclipses all of the film’s efforts to pull us into its embrace.”
deccanchronicle
1.5 “Ajay Devgn-starrer scores high on action but really low on emotions”
Indiatoday: Suhani Singh
1.5 “Ajay Devgn tries hard but fails to save this film”
Indiatoday: Ananya Bhattacharya
1.5 “Ajay Devgn’s extravagant yet boring action film personifies all that’s wrong with commercial cinema across the globe.”
filmcompanion
1.0 “Shivaay is an absolute catastrophe”
Rediff: Raja Sen
1.0 “Ajay Devgn film is a bloated star vehicle”
indianexpress

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