Just like the trailer, the locations and cinematography of Shivaay are completely amazing but with the plot being inspired from Taken, a lengthy run-time and an inability to make any emotional connect to the story makes this venture a lukewarm experience for the audience.
Shivaay ( Ajay Devgn) is a mountaineer who conducts treks in the Himalayas. On one of his tours, he meets Olga (Erika Kaar) who hails from Bulgaria. After he saves her life in a deadly avalanche, the duo fall in love. Olga becomes pregnant and is not willing to give birth to a child but on Shivaay’s insistence, she agrees to deliver the child but refuses to raise it with him and leaves to Bulgaria. Nine years later,Shivaay is happy living with his daughter Gaura (Abigail Eames). After learning that her mother is alive, Gaura forces Shivaay to take her to Bulgaria to meet Olga. During their visit, Gaura gets kidnapped by a child trafficking gang and thus begins Shivaay’s cat and mouse chase with the kidnappers.
Ajay Devgn’s last directorial U Me Aur Hum went terribly. After years once again trying his hands at direction, the actor now comes up with Shivaay. Sadly, even with his second film, Ajay’s script sense seems to have not improved. Shivaay has been co written by Sandeep Srivastava and Robin Bhatt. Partly, it is them that Devgn must blame for his film turning out to be a bore. First they rip off the basic premiss from Taken, then amp it up dollops of emotional melodrama on father-daughter relations. Unfortunately, they do not confluence well.
Shivaay is an action drama that immense action with zero emotion. This one is strictly for Ajay Devgn fans because sitting through it for 2 hrs 40 min may be difficult for others. Rating: 5/10