Shivaay is an Action film by Ajay Devgn and it also marks his directorial debut. The film is an out and out action film with more of fight sequences/trekking and less of words. It operates on a simple plot, though very powerful relationship that of a father-daughter, and wider issues like child trafficking at international level. It does have some breathtaking visuals of mountains and action sequences. But certainly, the film has its own loopholes.
The film begins with Shivaay being knocked out to the ground and his breathing sound. The camera focuses on the hand-knitted doll lying there. Then the story is conveyed in flash back, to be precise 9 years back. Shivaay (Ajay Devgn) is a guide, who is an expert in trekking. He does help the people during catastrophic landslides and also helps Indian Army in covert operations. He falls in love with a Bulgarian girl Olga (Erika Kaar) who came for trekking to India. Olga gets uncomfortable when she comes to know regarding her unexpected pregnancy. She wanted to go back to Bulgaria and had her own life to live. She did not want the child, but Shivaay was very adamant on having the baby. He asks Olga to stay back till her delivery, give him the child and then go back. Olga goes back to Bulgaria giving the girl child to Shivaay. Then, one gets to see 8-year-old mute Gaura (Abigail Eames) trekking along with Shivaay. When she discovers that her mother is in Bulgaria contrary to what had been conveyed to her about Olga not alive, she forces Shivaay to take her to Bulgaria to meet Olga. The moment they land in Bulgaria, the trouble starts. Very soon we see Shivaay chasing his enemies, running away from police authorities, getting trapped in a foreign land etc. Anushka (Sayesha Saigal), an embassy employee and Vir Das, a technical geek in a hacker’s role come to the rescue of Shivaay. Parallels are drawn between Gaura-Shivaay’s and Anushka-Girish Karnad’s father-daughter relationships.
Shivaay lands into what sort of troubles? Who become his enemies and why? How does Shivaay fight back ? Is he able to explore the nexus of child trafficking ?
Regarding the cast, Ajay Devgn definitely stands out as Action Hero. Rest of the cast have less screen time and are ok. Girish Karnad, a great actor, is underutilized in the film.
Cinematographer Aseem Bajaj has indeed given some great visuals, it is top-notch.
What lacks in the film is that it is very quick in jumping from father-daughter bond/emotional connect to the issues of child trafficking followed by chasing sequences between Shivaay and the culprits and at times between Shivaay and police authorities too.
Shivaay is an out and out Ajay Devgn’s Action film, which has some breathtaking visuals by Aseem Bajaj. Watch it, if you like action films.
Rating : 3 / 5 (Good)
Cast and Crew Details (Source: Wikipedia Page)
Cast: Ajay Devgn (Shivaay), Erika Kaar (Olga), Sayesha Saigal (Anushka), Abigail Eames (Gaura), Vir Das, Girish Karnad, Saurabh Shukla
Directed by: Ajay Devgn
Produced by: Ajay Devgn
Written by: Sandeep Srivastava
Story by: Ajay Devgn
Cinematography: Aseem Bajaj
Music by: Mithoon
Edited by: Dharmendra Sharma
Production Company: Ajay Devgn FFilms, Pen India Limited, NH Studioz
Distributed by: Reliance Entertainment
Released on : 28th October, 2016
Duration: 2 hours 53 minutes