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Action for the sake of action. Story that wavers in its focus. And long, way too long.Read more
The visuals, the action all look super cool indeed. Nicely balances off the romance promised in the other Diwali release, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Other than these special effects and action sequences though, Shivaay's trailer barely holds a hook.
Sure, there is Ajay Devgn's intense look. But, the story looks just too ancillary to leave an impact. The little girl angle is too similar to that seen in Sultan and Rocky Handsome. It almost feels like since all “stars” are done with the police-officer-against-system theme, it is time now to take turns to do the child-as-companion one.
I think the only way to enjoy this one would be to go only and only for the action and make the most of it. Well, at least that's what I am going to do.
Bollyspice – "3.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama – "2.5/5"
Firstpost - "isn't cohesive, and apart from some catchy parts in the songs here and there, you probably won't remember this one once Diwali has gone by."
koimoi - "3/5"
Milliblog - "Middling, barely functional soundtrack."
- meeta, a part of the audience
I love the Himalayas. I came back from a grueling trek in the Himalayan ranges a few months ago. One of the first lines Shivaay (Ajay Devgn) speaks resonated with my longing for the mountains. I identified with him when he said he can't leave the mountains. And that was the last thing likeable about the film. This is despite my admiration for Ajay Devgn's goofy, gloomy look.
The main purpose of the film then seems to be what it started as – a showreel for all people involved.
You can't watch a 3-hour long film for the mountains or that suave look, right? I'd rather watch a documentary on the Himalayas and have an Ajay Devgn poster to peek at, if I have to. Other than these two things, Shivaay is one long chase sequence. The story shuttles between it being a struggle for Shivaay to keep his daughter with him, a hunt for her when she is kidnapped and human-trafficking.
The social cause seems like an afterthought. The story setup that gets Shivaay to Bulgaria seems too elaborate. He could've just been any father looking for his daughter. Why the romantic track and the weird situation? It almost seems back-calculated to fit the kidnapping. And to make the film longer.
The main purpose of the film then seems to be what it started as – a showreel for all people involved, the action choreographer, the cinematographer, the special effects team, the music department. And it would be one for Ajay Devgn's “I am so cool” look, if only it needed one.
Abigail Eames, who plays Gaura, Shivaay's daughter is the only one who seems to have put her heart and soul into her act. Ajay Devgn sleepwalks through this one. Sayyeshaa and Erika Kaar are both stiff and awkward. Of course, it doesn't help that the latter has to speak Hindi.
For an action film, there is nothing novel about the fight/chase sequences either. Except that they go on and on and on. This movie certainly did not need to be a minute over the 120-minute mark. In addition, you have predictable situations and tacky dialogue. The one thing I did not expect though, is the gratuitous sudden addition of a woman-in-a-tub song.
Shivaay comes across as a film that wants to be more than a regular action film. It doesn't quite achieve anything there. On the other hand, it loses out on being an out and out crowd-pleasing action film too.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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
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
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
So-So, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...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
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
So-So, Sify Movies : ...Overall, the title, which resonates with magnetic appeal lacks conviction. Read more at: http://www.sify.com/movies/shivaay-review-defies-gravity-and-conviction--review-bollywood-qk2pksihfjede.html... 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
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 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 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
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 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 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
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
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 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
Thumbs down, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ... 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
VogueGarima: To all those busy comparing & fighting over issues which one out of #AeDilHaiMushkil & #Shivaay is the best. Oh cmon. Both are amazing !! :)
VinodPanesar: Just came out from Shivay. It's really good movie. Awesome effort all the team Shivay.. Ajay devgan did a very good job. Love it.
travelport123: #Shivaay phenomenal movie..best movie of the year..Top class action,beautiful emotions between father and daughter..Ajay rocks...wow wow.
Tarunch2327: Must watch #Shivaay movie. Love the storyline
swastik_imu: A visual treat! Class direction and Flawless performances. Ajay Devgan.. You silent Gun!
Ss1000890Sahil: Zabrdust movie Hai shivaay
srinkanjan1: #Shivaay directed by #ajaydevgan is a must watch.
SportsTweetsIn: Saina Nehwal: Happy Diwali sir …..movie is just too good
Someshwarsdonga: I watched #shivaay in my city amrvati.Housefull..powerfull performance by ajay sir. Sur shot Hit.
SKYShubhamKumar: Mind blowing movie #Shivaay .. I think the movie is best gift
ShivaayTweets: #TakeABow @ajaydevgn for making such brilliant film. SHIVAAY is really a kind in itself !!
ShivaayFanClub: Visuals , Action Sequences EVEN BETTER Than Most Hollywood Films PROUD MOMENT FOR BOLLYWOOD SHIVAAY A Must Watch !! @ajaydevgn
Shiv1986Kumar: Since #ADHM turnd out to be a boring movie .paid critics trying to defame #Shivaay . The level of shivaay is as gud as a Hollywood movie
shHarranu: GO OUT AND WATCH #SHIVAAY in a theatre near you. DON'T MISS IT.
SherryHakim123: Must watch #Shivaay
shayedewu: #Shivaay is much better than ADHM! Saw both films!
sandeepkhanjode: Enjoy this Hollydays ..SHIVAAY
SaifiansCaptain: Shivay Over All Mesmerizing, Thunderous, Earth Shattering, Simple, Breathtaking Action Scenes. AJAY TAKE A BOW. HISTORY IN BOLLYWOOD. 5*/5*
Rsaini91: Just watched #Shivaay ..what a mve
rohit_chahal: Friends I just watched film "Shivaay".. Very Nice Film by @ajaydevgn .. Really Heart Touching ✌️️फ़िल्म "शिवाय" ज़रूर देखें
rcrasto: #Shivaay .. Sheeee Why !!!!
rakeshpatidar17: Saw #shivaay @ShivaayTheFilm it's an amazing movie #thrill #emotion #scenes #action no doubt fully entertainment. @ajaydevgn #goforshivaay
Rakeshbhatia444: This is Bhopal and my family and friends were enjoying watch#Shivaay#DBmall Bhopal.we didn't like#ADHMbecause karan johar support pak actor.
raju101ind: #Shivaay superb movie touch our hearts @ajaydevgn love to watch this film
rajatsaroraa: Outstanding action coupled with a father's emotional journey for his daughter makes #Shivaay a complete entertainment dhamaka. #MustWatch
rahulaggarwal04: Srk+karan+aish+aliya+ranbir+anushka+huge money paid to critics =but there is only @ajaydevgn #SHIVAY brilliant movie sir
preetisingh5061: ajay nailed it….must watch. Superb movie #Shivaay
PratikFeels: Saw #Shivaay today! Still can't take off the bful visuals & action frm my mind. @ajaydevgn -Kudos to you! Brilliant acting. 4.5/5 Stars!
Prabhudsk: #AjayDevgn #Shivaay excellent film with Hollywood intense action. Your action has been flawless! Thanks for giving such films!! Happy Diwali
parmindersingh_: #Shivaay is far far better than #ADHM ....
NSaina: Happy Diwali sir .....movie is just too good
niteshm93987582: shivay nice movie paisa vasool
NirdoshAhuja: Shivaay is a much better film than Ae dil hai mushkil..
nillkool2016: #Shivaay excellent movie, breath taking action scenes, best cinematography best performance by Ajay. A delight to watch. Full wasool
nikitaloveu: shivaay is nice movie
navindhanuka: Just came back from - Shivaay. Its an awesome movie.
nareshsirvi00: #Shivaay Awesome movie but last scene was a little boring. #BHAKTOFSHIVA
manishk900: Jus enjoyed the action pact movie #Shivaay @ajaydevgn sir you are awesome as an actor n individual respect
manishjm811: Watched #Shivaay again with unbiased viewpoint, it is an EXCELLENT movie m direction by AJSir. Paid critics ki maa ki choot.
LonerTwiner: #Shivaay is a nice movie with greatest action sequences for Indian cinema so far. Bollywood ki #Taken but with lots more. Must watch.
LahiriSupratim: Watched full show #TheKapilSharmaShow must watch #Shivaay @ajaydevgn my most fav @sayyeshaa ❤❤
laddhaadi: #Shivaay 3rd watch.It even gets better #housefull @ajaydevgn (excellent work).
kroonaal: Excellent movie #Shivaay @AJAYDEVGNCLUB @ajaydevgn on this #Diwali. Great performance✔️
Khanaghaa: There is no comparison between #ADHM n #Shivaay as both are totally different cinema n are worth to be watched but both not festival films.
keurani: Just watched #Shivaay and its brilliant @ajaydevgn!! Don't k know why it is getting such a bad reviews. What an emotional ride altogether
Keshav62288721: Shivaay is a gud movies in which movies contain action +romance and splendid location. I love this movie. Best of luck Ajay sir
Jayrana20033: I am still not understanding, how critics gave Shivaay movie 2 and 1 stars. Probebly, Karan Johar's dirty game. Must watch movie. I loved it
Jayraj86918315: Shivaay osm movie
IshaanDutta32: SHIVAAY journey begins from today! Shivaay a true masterpiece you should not miss go and watch in theatres.feel the magic f shivaay
IRege4: Shivaay is such an amazing movie and @ajaydevgn's best directorial debut
imfrostmj: watch shivaay, very beautiful movie nd my dream to see dis shit KRK as a chaprasi or chayewala at AD's office. @kamaalrkhan @ajaydevgn
ikunalkhatri: Great movie! Great work! Hats off to Sir @ajaydevgn Please watch #Shivaay in theaters It will touch your soul and heart!
iam_bxm: One of the best movie #Shivaay 10 time better than #ADHM
hemantvijayinc: Must Watch #SHIVAAY #AJAYDEVGAN #Movie osom action in Bollywood history
Hdtrueac: Just watched shivaay and this movie clearly shows why @ajaydevgn is called the versatile actor of bollywood.
GovindDubey91: #Shivaay awesome movie .. all hard work of @ajaydevgn sir n #Shivaay team turns into a beautiful result
gourav__ahuja: #Shivaay Too good
Goupi4: Hello , very Nice movie Ajay ji i will ask god that you movie will always be very succesfull #AjayDevgn #Shivaay
gillgugni: Thank you so much for shivaay @ajaydevgn the power of unconditional love. Tears rolled till the end #reelstorythatrelate #Shivaay
EeRajeevkumar: SHIVAAY Rock
Davita_Kd: I recommend #Shivaay to all of you, please go to the theatre,watch and support good cinema !
Chauhan_VijayK: #Shivaay @ShivaayTheFilm one of d best adventurous emotional action Bollywood movie of current time. @ajaydevgn @ErikaKaar @thevirdas (2/2)
chadankumar871: a well action-packed performance from @ajaydevgn and so cute @sayeshasaa. Just a simply WOW.. Loved the movie #Shivaay. Nice Direction AJ.
BudhramSamad4: Hlw ajay sir I liked your new movie shivaay, I have seen
BloodyKamina: Action of Shivaay is Top notch, movie is simply awesome for Ajay Devgn fans.
bhattiarshad2: Amazing world class movie...best of the bestest I hv no words ... shivaay shivaay shivaay...
Being_Jeet2: Overall good effort by Ajay. Liked second half more. Action + camera work were 1st class. Editing needed to be sharper & smooth.. #Shivaay
badmonkpk: Just Watched #Shivaay Thanks To @ajaydevgn Sir ,What a Awesome Movie !
avirinku411: Must watch movie..don't believe on reviews..its actually 4.5 star and far better than
Avinash68800648: Birliyant jhkas jbrdast movie shivaay
ashrafkml: Hey @ajaydevgn , Awesome movie @ShivaayTheFilm. #MustWatch #Shivaay. Superb direction by the way.
AshishkumarBIGG: Worth mentioning AJ s Eyes in Shivay....
asad96khan: Both are completely different film but @ShivaayTheFilm is much better than @AeDilHaiMushkil #Shivaay - Marvelous #ADHM - Stupid & Stretched
arvind_prakash: Awesome movie #Shivaay Great performance by @ajaydevgn
ArshitC: Watched #Shivaay, an incredible movie. . phenomenal acting by @ajaydevgn @ErikaKaar and @Abigail_eames. Heads Off !!! #bestmovie
ArijitSinghSing: Multiplex screen also shows #Shivaay more than #ADHM . I watched it again today . What a film!!!
Anshul_dixxit: saw #adhm #shivaay both are mind-blwng movies but Story of #adhm is not So strng it borr in 2nd hlf nd end wth Confusen but @AnushkaSharma
Akkieyy: For me #shivaay is fabulous movie @ajaydevgn it deserve success. Dkh rha h kitni mehnat ki h.
AhmanSayyed: Finally Saw #Shivaay Outstanding movie Superb performances Breathtaking Visuals taking bollywood to another level. Take a bow @ajaydevgn
AbhishekVora810: An amzing film seen yet of @ajaydevgn #Shivaay...very nice and superb better than #ADHM
abdulmasood31: Just now watch shivaay movie what an amazing master piece.. @ajaydevgn sir you are a legend
aashish_tanwar: Watched Shivaay.... awesome acting/story/music/locations/actions....
aapkaapnakhabri: Movie to #Shivaay bhi badhiya hai.... Go for it. Ye #Diwali dono movie dekh daalo...
saifhasan: #AeDilHaiMushkil is no masterpiece. #Shivaay is not garbage. Both are average to effective in their own ways. Critics stop this tamasha
Sai_swaroopa: Watched #Shivaay . Not as bad as some made it out to be. Could have been made better. But strong story.
Ishivamkunal: Shivay wasn't that bad...
Bhukhan1000: Is diwali me dono film thik thak hai koi jyada maza nahi aaya. #ADHM #Shivaay
TusharrJoshi: A 30 minute shorter #Shivaay wud have made a LOT of difference. Length has truly been an issue since its release.
sundus_05: Watched both #Shivaay and #AyDilHaiMushkil during weekend. I am completely disappointed with both movies. Grow up bollywood #shivaayvsadhm
SteveUnknown: As a director, I guess Ajay lost perspective. Too many random sequences which dragged the movie down, robbing it of any impact.
siddhesh_5: If you ignore all the loopholes, long shots, impracticalities, length #shivaay is an unnecessary addition to the list of films.
SarcasticGuru: #Shivaay #AnotherShitMovie
sam9456: watched SHIVAAY bokwaaaas movie
S_jain25: Shivaay is way too slow movie
PrakaSH_KKR: Both Adhm and Shivaay Have Wasted This Years Diwali ! Iss se Accha Raees Ko De Dete Yeh Date , Chutiya Kjo and Ajay Devgn
ppreet: #Shivaay a disastrous script,direction , acting ..nonsense story (Taken part 3) .. Just that visual effects n locations were v gud.
kumarshyam: At start of the film she questions, why Y? Must ask @ajaydevgn "why #Shivaay"? 3 hours of wasted time & money I will never get back #review
ImDp_: Looks like @jabykoay is still recovering from disaster he saw last night #Shivaay
iKunaal: Above all, avoid #Shivaay
iAm_Sangam: The worst #Shivaay movie of 2016 so far. @ajaydevgn fails this time. Boooooooii
i_amvipul: Third class movie from starting to end #Shivaay
GhashK: #Shivaay Ghatiya Chutiyapa ek limit hota hai...bt iss movie woh limit cross ho geya..makes movie too much boring..annoying
efdotes: SHIVAAY koi free mein bhi dikhaye toh mat dekhna
dipsy_doodles: Ajay devgan should have paid for an editor, or maybe a writer...#Shivaay...#EndlessNonsense
changdholai: Such A worst Movie...Totally Ghatiya Movie...I dnt like either at all... worst movie #Shivaay
aamir_greatest: go watch #shivaay and apne dimaag ki maa behan ek karaay
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