Shivaay - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

Action for the sake of action. Story that wavers in its focus. And long, way too long.



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36 reviewers have given Shivaay an average rating of 1.4/5.0 (?)

3 yays
19 nays
14 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...The music by Mithoon is nice to begin with but then becomes overbearing, and one of the many reasons why Shivaay is elongated to 172 minutes and 38 seconds. ... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Go for it, only if you are a die-hard Ajay Devgan fan and cannot give it a miss. ... full review

Thumbs down by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice ...Shivaay wants to be the bhakt that imitates the Lord himself but is more like the big budget remake that crushed your beloved favourite film.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, SHIVAAY is a perfect emotional thriller that scores high on the account of its breathtaking visuals, amazing action and a high octane performance by Ajay Devgn. At the Box-Office, the extended weekend in the form of the festival holiday will prove to be bountiful for the film. Don’t miss this one. ... full review

So-So by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life ...Shivaay has spectacular action scenes, perhaps the best we have seen this year. Watch it for that and the emotional storyline of a father-daughter relationship. ... full review

Thumbs down by Subhash K Jha, Deccan Chronicle ...Aseem Bajaj’s cinematography captures the bleak foreboding mood of the plot much better than any of the actors. Shivaay is not the light fun crackerjack Diwali film you’d like to sit through this festive season. It is laden with an overbearing darkness which eclipses all of the film’s efforts to pull us into its embrace. The proceedings get so edgy that they finally topple over. ...

Thumbs down by Suparn Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ... issue I have with Shivaay is that the myth of Shiv that Ajay Devgn’s character promises conjures up more drama in our head than on screen. The Shiv connect is at best nebulous. Apart from giving the hero an icy abode, a chillum, and making him frisky with ladies after some intended innuendo talk, it amounts to little.I was looking forward to basking in the joy of the silly, big budget film with the inevitable, grand climax. I didn’t get that. ... full review

So-So by Rahul Deo Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ...Shivaay for sure is a value for money one time watch ... full review

Thumbs down by Dev Raj Gulati, Desi Martini ...Ajay Devgn must realise that a tight screen play is a must in comparison to unrealistic stunts,howsoever speak they may be for the success of a movie. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...loud, misconceived badly directed , Shivaay is a collosal mess. give it a miss. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini ...Shivaay is most memorable only when the fists are flying, as the characters barely leave an impression on the audience. There’s no zing about the movie as it's tried to be a jack of all trades but not mastered anything. ... full review

Thumbs down by Prerna Singh, Desi Martini ...Action sequences are really well-shot but after a point they stretch out too much. The entire film was a like a drug-induced hallucination which trips you on the verge of panic of overdose. You know when you start feeling that "Khatam karo bhayi ab isko", it is not worth it. Nope. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...If you’re an adventure junkie, Shivaay is the film for you. And even if you aren’t, Shivaay will make you one. Prepare for action and stunts like never before. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Shivaay could’ve been the best of the year. But the ‘more is less’ approach just doesn’t work out.... full review

Thumbs down by Ronita Torcato, Free Press Journal ...The cinematography is top-notch but the music, dialogues and the sound beats that serenade it are so obviously heralding that they leave a bad taste. Ajay Devgn the director indulges Ajay Devgn the actor beyond sufferable limits. Abigail Eames is the only one who manages to evoke some sympathy from the audience.... full review

So-So by Swaroop Thotada, ...Having said that, there are a few scenes that really work, but they are too few and too far apart. ... full review

So-So by Vishal Verma, ...All said and done, Ajay Devgn fans will be watching it in any case but those who are still hooked to this, I will say that SHIVAAY is Ajay Devgn's weakest Diwali gift since GOLMAAL. SHIVAAY must have started with the ambition to reach the highest peak but unfortunately, gets buried in the avalanche of a routine story that lacked any glory. ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...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. ... full review

So-So by Fatema Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...Shivaay may fall short as a satisfying film experience but simply the ambition and execution is a step forward for a rather backward Bollywood. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...Devgn sure has imagination when it comes to action with many fast and furious stunts set in beatific backdrops. While he occasionally wows with the action, he never succeeds in touching the hearts. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today ...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... full review

So-So Indicine ... full review

Thumbs down by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia ...'Shivaay' is a film that is high on style and low on substance. The screenplay does not do justice to the scale of the film and the vision of an ambitious filmmaker who fails to achieve what, one believes, he had set out to. ... full review

Thumbs down by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Shivaay seems high on never ending action and loud emotion. Visuals don’t fill the void of the missing storylin... full review

Thumbs down by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint ...What works are the action scenes —ambitiously designed, well executed and often pulsating, with background music and cinematography to match. But the story interlacing the action set pieces is so lame and the motivations of the characters so illogical that the emotional thread is frayed. ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...Absolutely nothing happens. Besides Devgn, who we know is happening anyway. So you sit back and enjoy Shivaay. Just please don’t ask why!... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Like mentioned earlier, Shivaay is a very self indulgent affair with Devgn standing tall in almost every frame of the film; if you are a Devgn fan, Shivaay will surely be a weekend treat, but if not, give this one a miss. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...This film could've been one of the best-conceived action films in recent times, if only it could cut back on the melodrama, most dialogues and perhaps, Vir Das. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...It takes the film nearly three hours to establish that obvious fact. By which time you are too tired to even think. ... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now ... Ajay Devgn can be forgiven because he does show he is pissed off with that angry eye thang. Others? Better not ask. Watch the film on the telly. And if you are a parent, dream up of ways to punish brats who throw a tantrum like the Bulgarian Brat of Bhaijaan in this movie... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...To invoke a truly superb avalanche-filled film, this one may as well have been called Force Manure. ... full review

So-So Sify Movies ...Overall, the title, which resonates with magnetic appeal lacks conviction. Read more at: full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...The Ajay Devgn brand of stylish cinema sports an archaic heart at its core... full review

So-So by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India ...Overall, Ajay is unstoppable in Shivaay but you wish he wasn’t! Laced with visual excellence, you applaud his film’s larger than life canvas but despite the efforts, his second directorial venture fails to engage you emotionally. ... full review

So-So by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...The music has no impact, the film lacks an editor and the less said about some of the deafening background score, the better. But the one place I have to say where Shivaay scores over Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is that it harbors no pretentious or claims to be too profound for its own good. It sets out to make a god of its leading man and that, admittedly, it succeeds in. ... full review

So-So ZEENEWS.COM ...Overall, the title, which resonates with magnetic appeal lacks conviction. ... full review