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SHIVAAY: FILM INFO

Shivaay is a Himalayan mountaineer who is an innocent everyman and yet is capable of TRANSFORMING into a mean DESTROYER when he needs to PROTECT his family.

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Release Date: 28th October, 2016.

Starring : Ajay Devgn, Sayyeshaa, Erika Kaar, Abigail Eames, Vir Das, Girish Karnad, Saurabh Shukla .

Produced by : Ajay Devgn, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Shreyans Hirawat 

Directed by : Ajay Devgn

Music : Mithoon

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 FILM REVIEW by Sonal Kulshrestha

Action thriller, Shivaay is finally the movie that is completely at par with any Hollywood production in terms of the stunning action sequences, the locations, the cast and even the plot. 

The good-

#1. The plot: The plot is gripping, never losing your attention once it catches it. The plot weaves together the incredible locations, the international cast and the jaw-dropping action incredibly well. You ride the ups and downs with the characters, never leaving their side.

#2. The cast: The very international cast is noticeable from the very beginning, even the local Nepalis/ Eastern Indians add to the intrigue in the diverse cast. Ajay Devgn himself has done an awesome job, that doesn't surprise you. He stands out as the star and impresses as always-with his immense talent.

#3. The locations: The locations, both in India and abroad, are totally spell-binding. Much is talked about the below freezing temperatures that the crew faced while shooting in Bulgaria.  Mussoorie looks just as interesting. 

The Not So Good ...

#1. I am a huge advocate of closer-to-age pairing that is more often than not lacking in Hindi movies, especially with our 40+ favorite actors like the Khans, Kumar, Roshan & Devgn (Chennai ExpressPrem Ratan Dhan PayoGabbar Is BackDrishyamMohenjo DaroRustom- to name a few). In fact, we wanted to ask Ajay what brings this on during the Meet the Devgn event during the couple's recent US tour, but didn't quite get to. The 1988 born Erika Kaar looked really young against our 1969 born stud Devgn, however, I'm willing to overlook the age difference here for two reasons-

a. The story line justifies it and like I say, if you have to cast a young actress, at the very least show some justification.

b.  While Erica plays her age, Ajay does pass-off convincingly enough as been about a decade older than her. 

So, lets say, we're all good- or at least almost good since the fact remains that the top film makers must take greater responsibility of casting talented women well over 30 years of age in Indian productions (and make the plots work).

#2. The first quarter of the movie appears a tad bit prolonged, but then isn't that in keeping with our Bollywood romance angle?

Overall-

Shivaay comes closest ever to a Hollywood production churned out by a Hindi film production house. In fact, it completely achieves that height. Again, the plot, the action, the locations and the cast do complete justice to the intent of the film. Combine that with the traditional sprinklings in the form of Sanskrit sholakas (hyms) and the strength of the Hindu deity Shiva, and the outcome is intriguing and interesting. The movie is gripping and an absolute must watch. Absolutely take your teenage kids to watch this, and be sure to have tons of conversation on the subject (will not spoil it for you by giving away the plot).


How did it fare?

Shivaay released the same day as Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, a Karan Johar production, so needless to say the competition has been tough. However, despite that, the movie has done fairly well, raking in  a worldwide gross of around ₹127 crore, as against Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that has become the second biggest worldwide grosser of the year (after Sultan) with business of 223 crore gross till now, as per Box Office India.  

Shivaay is at number 9 (following Rustom AirliftHousefull 3, M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story, Fan and Kapoor & Sonsand will finish with around 130 crore worldwide. 

We say, 9th versus 2nd is misleading. Shivaay is any day a much better watch than the never-ending saga on friendship/ one-sided love that is Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.



Song : Bolo Har Har Har 


Singer : Mithoon  

Featuring Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Badshah, Megha Sriram Dalton & Anugrah.


Music Composed Arranged And Programmed By : Mithoon


Lyrics & Rap By : Sandeep Shrivastava

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Song: Darkhaast
Singer: Arijit Singh & Sunidhi Chauhan


Music Director : Mithoon
Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri

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