Shiva is lavish and colourful. The action sequences are
brilliant and songs have been well shot. More importantly, Shivaraj
Kumar looks as young as ever. Is that enough for a movie to impress
the audience? Wait! Story abhi bhi baaki hai. Director Om Prakash
Rao, who had given blockbusters like AK 47 and Simhada
Mari, has tried to do something different, thereby leaving his
mix-making technique - taking inspiration from four-five movies.
Maybe this might have backfired.
Baddies Panduraanga Shetty (Rangayana Raghu), Mastan (Guru Dutt)
and Adikeshava (Ravi Shankar) tries to buy Rajendra (Ravi Kale), a
jockey who believes in sincerity, and offers him a huge prize if he
loses the race. But he rejects the bribe and pays a huge price for
it, as Rajendra loses the game. Journalist David (Suchindra
Prasad), who is a close friend of Rajendra, reveals why his horse
did not win and wants to send the trio to jail by publishing it in
his newspaper. Unfortunately, he and his family are killed by them
and his daughter become an orphan.
In the next phase, we see Julie (Ragini Dwivedi) taking revenge on
them including Shiva (Shivaraj Kumar), who gets stabbed by her.
Will she succeed in her mission? Who is Shiva? Answers to all these
questions will form the story.
The first thirty minutes of the movie generate curiosity but
fails to keep the momentum with poor screenplay. In fact, the
placement of the second song distract the viewers and never sets
the right mood to watch. Before the end of the first half, there is
some twist and makes the audience to hope for a better second half.
However, the second half is somewhat okay compared to the first
half. But the director beats around the bush to wrap up the
Last but not least, who on earth will go to his enemy's place
without any weapon just before the climax to reveal her identity?
Normal, sane human beings would not try it or come along with the
hero or at least arrive with some weapon for fear of getting
killed. But no, our brave Ragini lands in the baddies' place to
extend the climax.
The highlights of the movie are Shivaraj Kumar's performance,
action sequences and some songs. Watching Shivanna's performance is
a treat. He looks young and energetic and gives his best. Action
sequences are excellently shot. Background score to the stunts need
a pat and choreography for some tracks are also good and also there
is a Mission Impossible scene - it was also copied in
Hrithik Roshan's Dhoom 2. MS Ramesh's dialogues are praise
Ragini Dwivedi is okay. Her role had a lot of meat and could
have done a better job in acting. Unfortunately, only her costumes
and skin show will remain in the minds of the audience. Rangayana
Raghu's good and rest others are passable. Technically, Gurukiran
and Sathya Hegde get full marks but Deepu N Kumar has done poor job
with his editing, which is one of the reason why movie is
Verdict: 2.5 out of 5