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Shivaay: Review

  • Merkwürdige Liebe

    Merkwürdige Liebe

    Desimartini | Updated - October 28, 2016 1:49 PM IST
    3.4DM (12121 ratings)

    Verdict - An  overlong, thoroughly uninvolving vanity project without any redeeming value at all.

    ShivaayWatch trailerRelease date : October 28, 2016

    Shivaay, directed by and starring Ajay Devgn, is the most conspicuous type of vanity project. At numerous points in the film, Devgn has others characters waxing lyrical about himself. "Yeh kitna smart aur sexy hai," a pair of Western tourists remark after Devgn whiles away the first twenty minutes of the film pointlessly jumping around the Himalayas. "Tum jaisa dhoondhne par bhi nahi milega." "Tum toh one-piece ho." "Agar ise tum jaisa baap milega toh mushkil hogi kyunki tum jaisa koi aur milna bahut mushkil hai." Not since Happy New Year two years ago has a star massaged his ego to this offensive an extent.

    The randomness of the opening stretch is telling - there are no stakes at all; Devgn performs potentially awesome stunts with such blithe indifference, with such little investment that it sucks all the life out of a premise that could have proven to e fertile under a filmmaker who knows his stuff.

    Devgn stars as Shivaay, a hypermasculine hero archetype without any interesting shades to his character at all, who must take his daughter to Bulgaria to meet her estranged mother. Generic stuff happens - there's a child trafficking racket, there's a geeky hacker character, there's a bunch of permanently scowling villains who further the film's sheer dullness... There's a lot going on here and it just goes on and on and on, but the film is so sloppy that you hardly care.

    The only silver lining is some superficially stunning cinematography in the early portions, but once the action shofts to Bulgaria, it's all bleak and steely grey and the action sequences are so lazily conceived that they fail to arouse you even for a moment. Production-wise, it shows that a lot of work has gone into it, but that alone isn't enough to save the film that's shoddy on just about eveery level. An enourmous bore.

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