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Shivaay Review, Rajeev Masand, Gulf News- Live Review by Audience Response

Bollywood, get it straight one last time. Beautiful locales doesn’t make a good film. Neither can a superstar. Nor can great visuals. Neither can slick action. If you are missing a good story, please avoid putting 300 people through the turmoil of making a film for which we won’t have even a word of praise for.

Ajay Devgn had a mammoth of a task ahead of him. He solely had to hold on to the attention of his viewers for a chunky runtime of 2 hours and 53 minutes. And with a lame story, that’s too much to ask of even from Al Pacino. Ajay fights the lost battle with all his might and in moments in the film, your heart goes out to him for his sincerity and commitment.


Ajay, however, is ace. As an actor, we mean. As a director, he hasn’t made much headway still. His action is worth ogling at and his intensity evokes hoots. It is shameful how logic isn’t one of the things Ajay spared a thought for. Sample this Someone screams Shivaay’s name from the foothills and he jumps from approximately 6000 feet and literally flies down in two minutes. Oh cinematic liberties.

What’s Good: Just like the trailer, the locations and cinematography of Shivaay are completely breathtaking.

What’s Bad: The plot being inspired from Taken, a lengthy run-time and an epic fail at making any emotional connect.

Loo Break: Needed most in the stretched climax & Ajay-Erika’s awkward love-making scene!

Watch or Not?: Shivaay is an action drama that immense action but zero emotion. Strictly for Ajay Devgn fans because sitting through it for 2 hrs 40 min may be difficult for others.

Shivaay Review: The Last Word

Shivaay seems high on never ending action and loud emotion. Visuals don’t fill the void of the missing storyline and hence a 4/5 for the film.