Shivaay is Ajay Devgn's second directorial venture that he also stars as the lead in. The megnanimous 100 crore budget film is Ajay Devgn's ambitious project that he has also partly produced. Shivaay has been shot in Bulgaria, Hyderabad and Uttarakhand.
Ajay Devgn Is Unstoppable In Shivaay!
Shivaay (Ajay Devgn), a fearless Himalayan mountaineer covered in Lord Shiva tattoos, heads to Bulgaria to fulfill his nine-year-old daughter Gaura’s (Abigail Eames) wish of seeing her mother Olga (Erika Kaar), who abandoned them years ago. But their plan goes for a toss when the little girl gets kidnapped in the foreign land. Rescuing her from the masked child-traffickers becomes his only reason for survival.
Shivaay has a spectacular opening scene that sees Ajay descending dangerous Himalayan cliffs like a pro. Aseem Bajaj’s camera guides us through tunnels and snow-covered hills. With a little help from the CGI team, he successfully creates an environment where the vast canvas makes the audience anxious. The stunning cinematography captures the mountains like no Hindi film has managed so far.
Moving ahead to the main plot of the film, which is the abduction of his daughter; Shivaay then vows to bust the flesh trade racket in Bulgaria. Soon high-octane, gravity and death-defying action sequences take centre stage, which are on par with the Hollywood films. An extended car-chase sequence in particular is outstanding.
The biggest drawback of Shivaay is its run-time, which is 3 hours. The editing of the film should have been better and certain scenes could have been cut short. Ajay looks slightly confused between the action thriller and father-daughter saga. The baap-beti drama makes the action thriller look dull and boring.
Apart from Ajay Devgn there are a few other people in the film too namely- an ethical hacker- Vir Das, a diplomat who lectures on the virtues of being a Bihari- Saurabh Shukla, a middle-aged man in a wheelchair- Girish Karnad, and a pretty girl- Sayyeshaa Saigal who makes a decent debut for herself.