Shivaay, starring Ajay Devgn, which was released on Friday, October 28, has received mixed reviews from critics.
Directed by Ajay himself, Shivaay has been making a huge buzz ever since the film's poster was released. The hype doubled with the release of its mind-blowing trailer. The plot of Shivaay revolves around Ajay and Erica Kar's love story and how they get separated after a misfortune strikes the family.
The film also focuses on the couple's daughter and Ajay's mission to rescue her from a drug-trafficking mafia. Shivaay has raised the standard of action sequences in Indian cinema and critics have lauded the effort.
While Ajay has delivered a brilliant performance as Shivaay, Erica has also done justice to her role. The couple's love-making scene and the beautiful shooting locales are some of the highlights of the movie. Co-produced by Ajay Devgn FFilms, Pen India, NH Studioz and distributed by Reliance Entertainment, Shivaay also stars Vir Das, Girish Karnad and Saurabh Shukla in key roles.
We bring you some critics' verdict for the movie. See the comments below in the Shivaay review round-up:
Surabhi Redkar of Koimoi said: "Shivaay is an Ajay Devgn show all the way. He is literally there in every frame of the film. Just like the trailer, the locations and cinematography of Shivaay are completely breathtaking. 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."
Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today said: "Ajay's strength lies in his acting. Unfortunately, the same gets lost in the midst of some mindless action which starts playing itself on loop every time the bad guys appear. Watch Shivaay if you have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE TO DO. Else watch a documentary on mountaineering. Or child trafficking. Or Bulgaria. Or whatever you want to."
Sonup Sahadevan of Indian Express said: "To be fair, Shivaay opens well with a scenic shot of snow-capped mountains and a shirtless Ajay Devgn lying flat atop a snowy mountain. Ajay's strength lies in his acting. Unfortunately, the same gets lost in the midst of some mindless action which starts playing itself on loop every time the bad guys appear. The stunts lack the finesse you would expect from an action-packed film and making matters worse is that they are badly choreographed, which take away the pleasure of watching Ajay perform some great moves while tackling the villains."
Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times said: "Devgn's stunts are a treat to watch, but that's about it. Shivaay treks trough high altitudes, but the film keeps waiting for him to return to the valley with a string attached to his legs. When you think it's about to touch a logical end, another twist comes into sight. It keeps dragging in search of an end. The ingredients are there, but loose ends restrict Shivaay from becoming a smooth ride."
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