FILM: ‘Shivaay’– Movie Review By ‘G9 DivyaSolgama’
The Himalayan range has the Earth’s highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest. Despite of the fact that the major part of the Himalayan range belongs to India, out filmmakers have hardly managed to tap into these natural treasures. We did see their references in the romantic songs or some Skiing scenes from in the retro era. But very few people know that there was a film known as ‘Himalay Se Ooncha’ (1975) starring Sunil Dutt and had a theme which was quite similar to popular Hollywood film, ‘Cliffhanger’ (1993). This movie narrated a tale of a mountaineer based in the Himalyan range. For many decades, this genre remained unexplored due to various reasons like shooting facilities, climatic conditions and the mammoth cost involved to shoot such films. Thus, the first trailer of Ajay Devgn’s dream project ‘Shivaay’ managed to raise the expectation as well as excitement reaches to its peak level, thanks to the breath-taking locations and mind-blowing action scenes. So let’s find out whether ‘Shivaay’ will manage to do justice to its fantastic trailer or might end up being a weak clone of some international film.
‘Shivaay’ is a story of Shivaay (Ajay Devgn), a dare devil mountaineer and a mountain trekking expert. In one such trekking expedition, Shivaay meets Olga (Erika Kaar) and falls in love with her. Their fairy tale romance ends up as Olga gets pregnant. Olga is not ready for a baby as she wants to lead her life with her family in Bulgaria. She finally agrees to deliver the baby, but once done, sets back to her homeland. Shivaay raises his mute daughter Gaura (Abigail Eames) with lots of love and care. One day Gaura finds out the truth about Olga and expresses her desire to meet her. Shivaay and Gaura travel all the way to Bulgaria to find Olga but fails miserably. They seek the help of Indian consulate, but before they could find out the whereabouts of Olga, Gaura gets kidnapped. Shivaay tries his level best to save Gaura but ends up in jail and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story is paper thin and works in parts. The first half takes its sweet time to come on the right track. The middle portions of the movie are fantastic and keeps you on the edge. The finale part is bit dragged and ends on the dramatic note. There are some fantastic scenes like Ajay saving Erika followed by Ajay’s bonding with Abigail, Ajay’s angry version in the police station followed by Ajay saving a girl in the brothel followed by him consoling Abigail in the finale portions and some more. But the biggest positive point of this movie is its action. Ajay Devgn gave many statements stating that ‘Shivaay’ has some of the best action scenes of our country. He fulfils his claim by giving us some fantablous action scenes like Ajay trying to save Abigail followed by his escape track from the police custody, Ajay fighting with the goons in the brothel followed by the finale fight track. These action scenes are path-breaking and will appeal to everyone. They are so good that it can match up to the level of any international action film. On the flip side Erika’s Hindi was terribly bad along with tacky dialogues and overdramatic fights between Ajay-Erika followed by Ajay-Abigail are over the top. Sayyeshaa Saigal track was half-baked and lacked the intensity. Her track was required for the film but fails to create the needed impact. The finale part is bit dragged and required more action scenes. The cinematography is another key element of this movie. The movie is beautifully presented with some stunningly beautiful visuals.
The music of ‘Shivaay’ is good, but not remarkable. ‘Bolo Har Har’ has been presented in a fantastic manner. ‘Tere Naal Ishqa’ should have been omitted. ‘Raatein’ is sweet while ‘Darkhaast’ goes well with the flow of the film. The background music is fantastic.
Ajay Devgn donned the director’s hat after a long gap and highly succeed in its visual and action sequences. The one line story idea is good, but has been presented with unnecessary drama and side tracks. These scenes dilute the feel of the film. Also, if he would have reduced the length of the film, the impact would have been fantastic. Kudos to him for the action scenes as they are one of the finest seen in our film industry.
Ajay Devgn the actor excels in every department. He expresses his feelings right through his eyes in the dramatic scenes and through his fitness in the action scenes. Erika Kaar looks beautiful, but fails to act. Sayesha Saigal is charming, but ends up being a victim of a half-baked script. Abigail Eames is fine in her part. Saurabh Shukla, Girish Karnad and Vir Das are wasted.
So on an overall basis ‘Shivaay’ is a prodigious action packed drama which works only due to its finest action scenes followed by breath-taking visuals and the rich emotional bond between the father and daughter. It’s a decent one time watch which keeps going on for almost three long hours.
Rating – 3/5 (Source – Bollywood Times)