I woke up early on a Saturday morning and of all things I could do, getting back to sleep included, I watched Shivaay. FML.
When I watched the trailer I had a hunch it was going to bomb. And bomb it did. The film has stunning visuals, okay-ish music and some good performances. But it’s a draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag. That shit just doesn’t end. And it’s not really the story itself that’s bad. In fact, I think Shivaay would be good on paper, better as a whole, complete novel. But somehow, somewhere, something is amiss. Shivaay doesn’t connect to you on any level.
The writing is sloppy. No insights whatsoever are given into the characters’ lives, why they say what they say. Or why things happen the way they happen. Now if I say this movie is shit, I am backing it up by writing this review, justifying my statement. Similarly, when a character in the film says “I have a life of my own, people I need to take care of, look after” and does something that actually defines a greater part of the film, I would like to know who those “people” are, and why they warrant such attention from the said character, and if the attention is worth it.
The problem with Shivaay is that it’s not clear about what it wants to be. It’s sometimes a brand ambassador of the Hilamayas, sometimes a father-daughter tale and most times, a boring AF film. 2hrs 37mins is how long it tortures you, makes you yawn, makes you want it to end. You don’t care how it ends, whether or not Ajay Devgn lives, whether or not his daughter lives, whether or not his wife lives. Whether or not you live, for that matter. Trust me, you’d rather want to jump off a Himalayan peak and end your suffering than want to wait for this train-wreck to end.
The film hardly moves you except in just a couple of scenes made a treat by the supremely talented little girl Abigail Eames. She’s oh so good! Polish actress Erika Kaar is a good find, too. I’d be very very pleased if these two are seen more in our films. Ajay Devgn delivers as an actor but is far from being a good director.
The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Shivaay and Mirzya are twins. Both are stunning to look at, difficult to watch and endure and impossible to walk out of the theater unscathed.
I’m going with 1.5/5.
You’ll forget Shivaay in T minus 2 hrs.