Shivaay movie review: Ajay Devgn is still in Singham mode

Shivaay movie review: Ajay Devgn does everything we have seen him do before in his south remakes. His Shivaay is grim and unsmiling, with no hint of the vulnerability or humour to give him depth.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: October 29, 2016 9:04 am
Shivaay movie review: The only thing your eye can rest on is the spectacular scenery. The rest is a bloated star vehicle.

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

Shivaay is a man of the mountains, fully alive only in their icy reaches. Then one day, love strikes, and everything changes.

Ajay Devgn’s second directorial outing, in which he plays the In and As eponymous hero, sweeps us up on to craggy cliffs and down into deep crevasses, both in the Himalayas and in Bulgaria, and then leaves us high and dry. Well-made, this could have been a cross-continental film about filial love and romantic betrayal, but ‘Shivaay’ is a monumental near-three hour long drag, giving you too much empty time to wonder just how much lower it can sink, and the next thing you know, it slips a few more notches.

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Devgn has played father to a little girl before, and done a serviceable job of it ( ‘Main Aisa Hi Hoon’). He is, in fact, quite good around kids generally (‘Raju Chacha’). His first film as director tried exploring the thorny path those afflicted with Alzheimer’s have to tread: it may not have been all the way successful, but it was a brave choice of subject. And he is one star who’s never been afraid of underplaying, because that’s how real actors roll.

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Here he abandons all actorly pretences and dons a dull superhero garb. He shares screen time with his speech impaired eight-year-old daughter (Abigail Eames) as he travels from a little hill town in India to Bulgaria in search of a woman (Erika Kaar) who abandoned them both. A clunky sub-plot involving violent child traffickers wearing creepy masks and a creepier old man come in the way, but Devgn is invincible and will brook no resistance.

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And that’s where the problem lies. Devgn employs all his too-familiar tricks (slo-mo walk, slit eyes, scything arms and legs) from his one man army south remakes, and makes us forget that he is trying for a character. All we see is a grim, unsmiling visage, with no hint of the vulnerability or humour that he has been capable of in his best parts. He may be kitted out as Shivaay but he is still in ‘Singham’ mode.

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When Devgn steps off the screen, which is not for too long, on come a bunch of clueless people: an unintentionally hilarious `ethical hacker’ (Vir Das, having the most fun in the film), a corpulent diplomat who delivers lectures on the virtues of being a Bihari (Saurabh Shukla), a middle-aged man in a wheelchair (Girish Karnad, not quite sure what he is meant to do), and a pretty girl (Sayyeshaa Saigal) whose sole job description is to look upon the hero in wide-eyed adoration, when not thinking deeply in a bath-tub.

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The only thing your eye can rest on is the spectacular scenery. The rest is a bloated star vehicle.

 

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First Published on: October 27, 2016 11:53 pm
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    Himanshu
    Feb 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm
    Best movie i like it
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      tanmoy banerjeee
      Oct 31, 2016 at 11:51 am
      it. so boring and..long run movie
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        ABHISHEK YADAV
        Oct 28, 2016 at 10:30 am
        SHIVAAY MOVIE IS BEST MOVIES I LIKE lt;br/gt;I GIVE THE 5 STAR
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          Durga allaka
          Oct 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm
          Probly the person who gave one star doesn't know how to watch this movie; in Indian cenima if someone produced such product, we shoul appreciate. It's a good movie to watch, I will say it's about close to 4 star. Thanks- Durga
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            Siraj
            Oct 28, 2016 at 7:55 am
            Heard Karan paying for good reviews..?
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              Siraj
              Oct 28, 2016 at 7:54 am
              Very nice movie..
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                Himanshu
                Oct 29, 2016 at 7:14 am
                What else we can't expect from anti Hindu and almost anti India media like India Express
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                  Xufifu
                  Oct 28, 2016 at 5:03 am
                  We dont need Ma.lb.ari (ma.llu keralite for uninitiated) Leftist critic 'Sah.adev.an' to comment on a movie like Shivaay which tries to find the strengths that defines Lord Shivaa through a himalyan plot, contemporary characterization and emotional message depicting trial and tirbulations of the modern times we are in. lt;br/gt;A leftis ma.llu (is like m.al-m.oot.ra) can be really dangerous as they have an ability to even axe their own leg when it comes to promoting their sha.m leftist failed sc.um of an ideology by actually undermining others'. lt;br/gt;Also we cant expect anything from a paper run by a p.o.r.k.i apologist ban.iya 'She.khar (the c.h.o.o.t.a.d) Gupta' as the chief editor.
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                    Critic
                    Nov 1, 2016 at 1:47 am
                    Best movie, must watch.
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                      Critic
                      Nov 1, 2016 at 1:50 am
                      Shubra Gupta do you suck d**ks, for money. Dont missgiude people.
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                        Surendra gaur
                        Oct 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm
                        They will surely give some romantic trash or a love traingle a 3 or 4 star...
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                          Gaurav ashok
                          Oct 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm
                          Its a marvellous movie sensor board agar apko standing ovation de raha he to yaar aap kyu itni achi movie ko galat bata rahe ho
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                            Gaurav ashok
                            Oct 29, 2016 at 4:03 pm
                            Ye abtak ki 10 achi filmo me se he agar koi paise leke SHIVAY movie badnami kar raha he to ye bohat galat he SHIVAY is one of the better film of Bollywood ajay devgn sir we all with you aur simple se log kya kar sakte he ye apko malum hi hoga so plz stop all this negativity of SHIVAY movie we all love ajay sir and we can do anything for him
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                              Gourav ojha
                              Oct 28, 2016 at 11:37 am
                              Farzy REVIEW... SHIVAY is superb.... Review k liye rs. Nii mile kya
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                                John
                                Oct 29, 2016 at 5:45 pm
                                Are u trying to bring down the movie? Comfortably sitting on ur chair its so easy to tarnish others, right?
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                                  Kiran
                                  Oct 29, 2016 at 3:44 am
                                  This Shubra Gupta seems to have eaten money from Karan Johar. Both have a video together on youtube, he has definitely lobbied.
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                                    Mohammad ali
                                    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:17 am
                                    Fake review....huge difference between singham and shivayy...
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                                      Neilesh
                                      Oct 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm
                                      Ajay devgn ji...kyaa to b.movie banaaye ho sir ji.... Salute to u..and salute to our indian army...bolo har har har.. 100000000 staar ..koi nhi shivaay ke aage...
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                                        Rasia
                                        Oct 29, 2016 at 7:17 am
                                        I have seen shivaay the film is so great what a big praise to ajay devgn 5 stars Have seen the film in the German cinema absolutely see
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                                          Ronak Rathod
                                          Oct 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                                          s how much money gives you Karan for bad ratings
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                                            Ankit
                                            Oct 30, 2016 at 7:19 pm
                                            Best movie of 2016. Shivay is awesome, ajay is in singham mode. Fully entertainment n nice story directed by ajay devgan. The best action movie . U will feel like u are watching Hollywood movie. U must go for shivay n only shivay not anything else
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