Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)

Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Erika Kaar, Abigail Eames, Vir Das

Director: Ajay Devgn

Shivaay Poster
Shivaay Poster

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.


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Shivaay ( Ajay Devgn) is a mountaineer who conducts treks in the Himalayas. On one of his tours, he meets Olga (Erika Kaar) who hails from Bulgaria. After he saves her life in a deadly avalanche, the duo fall in love.

Olga becomes pregnant and is not willing to give birth to a child but on Shivaay’s insistence, she agrees to deliver the child but refuses to raise it with him and leaves to Bulgaria.

Nine years later,Shivaay is happy living with his daughter Gaura (Abigail Eames). After learning that her mother is alive, Gaura forces Shivaay to take her to Bulgaria to meet Olga.

During their visit, Gaura gets kidnapped by a child trafficking gang and thus begins Shivaay’s cat and mouse chase with the kidnappers.

Will he be able to save Gaura? How far will a father to go for the safety of his daughter?

Ajay Devgn in a still from Shivaay
Ajay Devgn in a still from Shivaay

Shivaay Review: Script Analysis

Ajay Devgn’s last directorial U Me Aur Hum had bombed terribly. After years once again trying his hands at direction, the actor now comes up with Shivaay.

Sadly, even with his second film, Ajay’s script sense seems to have not improved. Shivaay has been co written by Sandeep Srivastava and Robin Bhatt. Partly, it is them that Devgn must blame for his film turning out to be a bore. First they rip off the basic premiss from Taken, then amp it up dollops of emotional melodrama on father-daughter relations. Unfortunately, they do not confluence well.

There are many scenes in the film which are meant to be tear jerkers but due to bad writing, turn out hilarious. One such scene would be between Anu (Sayyeshaa)and her father.

Also it is quite a big cinematic liberty on the writers’ part to make Shivaay’s character such a heroic, one man army one. It’s hard to believe that a man who’s never stepped out of Himalayas, would so easily shut down a Bulgarian flesh trade racket.

Certain things that could be a problem are, Shivaay mentioning his friend ‘Kancha’ repeatedly. Also, weird dialogues such as “Jin ladkiyon ke achche Baap hote hai unki (ladkon ke liye) talash bohot lambi hojati hai” feel absurd.

Shivaay Review: Star Performance

Shivaay is an Ajay Devgn show all the way. He is literally there in every frame of the film. Although, he rarely gets a chance to show off his acting chops in the midst of all the action. While he seems better in the second half, his act in the love story seems a little childish.

Erika Kaar could have rather spoken in English than the awkward Hindi that we are subjected to.

Sayyesha’s role is too small and I’m not sure if Shivaay is the best choice for her debut. She does not get noticed in this role.

Abigail Eames does a good job at emoting stuff since her character is speech impaired.

Girish Karnad and Vir Das are extremely unnecessary characters in the film.

Shivaay Review: Direction, Music

After releasing the first logo of the film almost two years in advance, one expected Shivaay to be a masterpiece.

Going by what is served, Shivaay comes across as a film with loads of mindless action that is not always well choreographed. One of the chase sequences runs so long that we totally lose interest in it.

Another problem is that while Ajay’s character has so much grit, the antagonists seem too fickle. There is no sadistic pleasure one may get from the climax fight sequence while watching the villain die.

The cinematography is one of the best things about the film. Bulgaria looks beautiful yet eerie through Aseem Bajaj’s lens. The Vfx too are done quite decently.

On the music front Bolo Har Har has been overused as a background score. Darkhast makes up for a pleasant hear.

Basically it all boils down to the fact that had the film been a little crisper with its run time, it would have been much enjoyable. The forcefully dragged climax turns into a complete snoozefest.

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 2/5 for the film.

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Shivaay releases on 28th Oct, 2016.

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44 COMMENTS

  1. Surabhi Redkar do U knw anythng abt movies.Every time U hv prob wd the runtime.Some scripts demand that thing.Ajay devgn made it in 2 yrs & U jst gv a review in jst 2 mins.Koimoi team plzz chop this ediot and appoint someone else fr d review.Othrwse d site wl loose its charm oneday

  2. ultimate movie man i dont beleive your review and man stop licking karan johar, srk and yrf feet totally biased review aedil hai mushkil will be bombay valvet 2………..disgusting review

  3. Ye bakwaas kr rha h koimoi… Shivaay ko 3 rating mili h dainik bhaskr se.. Acting direction story sb achi h.. Ye koimoi kamina ae dil h muskil ko promote krne me lga h.. Bakwas koimoi aur uske analysist… Hattt.. .faltu log

  4. Mind Blowing Movie..Go And Watch #Shivaay…#ADHM Fuddu Movie H..Ye Koimoi Wala Acchi Movie Ko Hamesha Gande Rating Deta H..Karan Johar Ne Esko Rupay Diye H..

  5. Just don’t tell me 2 hrs 40 min is long run time by Indian Standard. It was promoted as an action movie, so whats the problem in having too much action in an action movie. This review does not feel genuine and it has certain bias around it. After KRK guess you guys are also paid and feel on the knees for these bigwigs.

  6. Yesterday I watched the movie in Dubai, Shivaay made with high standards. It is very good movie.only negative is stretched climax. People don’t rely on the biased review.

  7. please post true review..you all reviewer should praise for ajay devgan for this effort bcoz he is one man army for this movie actor+ director

  8. Watched frst day frst show. Awesome.. Never ever captured scenic beauty of himalayas moulded in big screen. Action scenes r masterpiece. Story is not like usual so so bollywood lov story. Felt like watchin a hollywood flick wid typical bollywood touch. Grt roller coaster spine chilling movie. Thumbs up.

  9. Koimoi…….Ek dm Faltu review krrta hai…..
    ADHM ko 3.5 star de diye….. bina soch smj k …..
    or Shivay ko 2 star…..
    bookmy show….. shivay ko subhe mai 89% wote the or 2bje k baad 78% wote the… or ADHM ko 71 se leke 68% wote the….. to zra socho public pagl to nhi hai jo shivay ko zeda psnd kr rahi hai….
    bhai koimoi zra aapne dimag kisi ache hospital mai ilaz krva lo…..

  10. Koimoi.com is always fail to show real results so please don’t depend on criticis result shivaay will take lead on ADHM,koimoi.com is always taking side of big director

  11. Hi team.i always follow ur reviews but this time u seen to have failed for whatsoever reason, this film definitely deserves for a one time watch…three cheers for ajay fir wonderful efforts…..Plss note it cant be restricted to Ajay’s fan followers…I agree some scenes are streched but definitely a good movie to watch and appreciate the pains for making the film…

  12. Dear surbhi redkar pls resign ur movie critics review job.
    Shivaay is superfine action+emotional movie
    Shivaay is watchable for everybody Dis diwali…
    Bolo har-har…………shivaay :)

  13. Guys koimoi is most corrupted website believe me shivaay is really nice movie it just energize you after 10 minutes it become boring until shivaay reach Bulgaria then it has no turning back it just move forward it actually inspires u and background music just creates fire instead of giving 3.5 it gives 2 same with mohenjo daro it always favor khan and give them no less than 3 even in there crap

  14. The Shivaay movie is far far better as compared with the glossy trash called ADHM.
    Karan Johar is expert in marketing his movie as these are backed with big bucks and big
    budgets.

    He earmarks something like 20 Cr budget for promotion and buying reviews.

    As a viewer if you have limited budget, I recommend spend it on Shivaay.

  15. shame on you koimoi, I just seen this movie in China from torrent I was delayed to see this movie only bcoz of ur F**king reviews , if I found the same review next time I n my all friend nvr gonna see this site ever again

  16. some director investing 92Cr to produce movies and then they are investing 100Cr to make other director’s movie flop.
    EXP. KRK- 25L
    media- some cr.
    other ………..cr

  17. The is very specially picturised awesome location and very nice cinematography many more over all it’s fantastic…..

  18. This is very good movie specially picturised awesome location and very nice cinematography many more over all it’s fantastic….. I really like shivaay???
    very good Devgan babu

    • Bhai, sensible baat kar.
      This hit and flop concept & figures, does it even matter what the budget of that move is??

      10 cr ki movie or 100 cr ki movie mein kuch toh different figures hoga!

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