Ajay Devgn plays the In and As eponymous hero, sweeps us up onto craggy cliffs and down into deep crevasses, both in the Himalayas and in Bulgaria, and then leaves us high and dry. Well-made, this could have been a cross-continental film about filial love and romantic betrayal, but ‘Shivaay’ is a monumental near-three hour long drag, giving you too much empty time to wonder just how much lower it can sink, and the next thing you know, it slips a few more notches.”

Shivaay is expected to do good in single screens compared to multiplexes. The film has released on 2800-3000 screens. Shivaay has been made at an approximate budget of Rs 105 crore with Rs 20 crore spent on promotions. It has already earned Rs 50 crore through sale of rights.

Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn’s track record as a director is not exactly inspirational. His directorial debut U Me aur Hum (2008) had tanked at the box-office. With Shivaay, it remains to be seen how well he has tackled this action thriller set in snow-capped mountains.

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 Devgn has played father to a little girl before, and done a serviceable job of it ( ‘Main Aisa Hi Hoon’). He is, in fact, quite good around kids generally (‘Raju Chacha’). His first film as director tried exploring the thorny path those afflicted with Alzheimer’s have to tread: it may not have been all the way successful, but it was a brave choice of subject. And he is one star who’s never been afraid of underplaying, because that’s how real actors roll.