Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Erika Kaar, Abigail Eames, Vir Das, Sayesha
Director: Ajay Devgn
Ajay Devgn’s much-awaited directorial Shivaay releases tomorrow. As a Diwali release, quite literally Shivaay is the celebration of good over evil.
Ajay Devgn (Shivaay) takes a stylish entry as he lies shirtless atop snow clad mountains, high on his joint. The mountaineering action kicks in soon and a love story with Olga (Erika Kaar) follows. Later to bring in more emotional dose is also Gaura (Abigail Eames), their 9 year old daughter. A catastrophe strikes and what further entails is action, action and more action.
Devgn’s Shivaay has breathtaking cinematography and some brilliant action sequences that certainly raise the bar for Bollywood. The film grips you in these portions completely.
One of the major setbacks for this film is the fact that its storyline is ripped of from Liam Neeson’s Taken and that puts you off as a viewer if you have watched it.
So while the story fails, the direction with credibly agile camera work and emotional twists, try hard to keep you hooked.
A rather slow pace in the first half and a stretched climax drag it to over 2 hours 40 minutes which is a lot for a plot we already know.
Ajay does a decent job as both the actor and director.
Amongst the ladies, the child actor Abigail Eames shines the most.
Shivaay is strictly for action lovers and also those who won’t find the Hollywood inspiration a problem.