‘Shivaay’ movie review: A visually beautiful film, but lacks emotions

Directed by: Ajay Devgn
Produced by: Ajay Devgn
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sayyeshaa Saigal, Erika Kaar, Abigail Eames
Duration: 2 hours 52 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

Shivaay’, Ajay Devgn’s most ambitious project is all set to release tomorrow. The film stars Ajay in the lead role and is also directed by him. It is surely one of the most awaited films of the year, and the trailer of the movie had generated a lot of curiosity among the moviegoers to watch the film. So, was the wait worth or not? Let’s find out in this ‘Shivaay‘ movie review.

The movie is about Shivaay (Ajay Devgn) whose work is to take people for trekking in the snow-capped mountain. One day a Bulgarian girl, Olga (Erika Kaar), and her friends go for trekking with Shivaay. Olga and Shivaay fall in love, and the former becomes pregnant. She wants to go back to Bulgaria, but Shivaay insists her to give birth to their child and then go; she agrees. After the daughter is born, Olga returns to Bulgaria, and Shivaay starts living a normal life with his daughter, Gaura (Abigail Eames). After eight years, her daughter comes to know that her mother is there in Bulgaria and requests Shivaay to take her to meet her mother. Shivaay and Gaura reach Bulgaria. In the hotel in which they are staying, a small kid is being sexually abused. Shivaay saves him by calling the cops. Next day, Gaura gets kidnapped. Will Shivaay be able to save his daughter?

Well, there are many aspects in the film that are simply mind-blowing like the locations, the cinematography, the background score, and the breath-taking action sequences (especially in the first half). However, the film has a resemblance to Rani Mukerji-starrer ‘Mardaani’. While in Rani’s film, she was searching for a girl who was like a daughter to her, here there’s a father who is searching for his daughter who has been kidnapped, and will be used for flesh trade (prostitution). But, this story concentrates more on the father-daughter relationship than the trafficking issue. There is a slight disappointment as the film doesn’t connect with us emotionally.

Ajay tried to make a large, visually beautiful, emotional film; well he successfully treats our eyes with some fantastic visuals, but somehow fails to narrate the emotions. The climax is a bit too dragged, but the action sequences in the first half are simply stunning and will keep you at the edge of your seat. One person who deserves an award for the movie is Aseem Bajaj; his cinematography is mind-blowing.

When it comes to actors, of course Ajay steals the show. He is fantastic in action sequences, and has carried the emotional scenes quite well. Erika Kaar looks beautiful, but acting isn’t up to the mark. Sayyeshaa Saigal makes a promising debut. She is very good in the film, and we hope to see her in more films. Abigail Eames is fantastic; kids are truly doing wonders on the big screen nowadays.

On the whole, ‘Shivaay’ is a visually beautiful film, but lacks emotions.