Shivaraj Kumar's 101st film is a real feast for his fans who were waiting for a mass oriented action thriller. And the actor is fully geared up to do what his genuine fans were looking forward for a long time. Though Jogayya did disappoint the fans, his previous films Mylaari did catch up some interest because of a good package of entertainment and a touching climax to back up a good story.
The films major attraction is undoubtedly Shivaraj Kumar. The energy levels exhibited by Shivanna in fights, dances and comedy reach dizzy heights of brilliance.
Shiva is an out and out mass film with loads of action, songs. Precisely it has five top class fights each different from each other with the one before the interval coming out on top. Though the climax fight is equally thrilling, the fight and the subsequent twist in the story stuns the audience. And there are pucca mass hit songs like the title song, Ooseravalli, Nee Odi bandaaga picturised with good visuals. The climax is another high point in the film as much as the sequence that reminds the audience of the Mission Impossible episode.
Frankly everything goes well in the first half, but Om Prakash has done too many mistakes in the second half. Lack of continuity apart it would be difficult to understand the connections in the story element. But here also the film is saved by superb performances from Shivaraj Kumar, Raagini, Ravishankar and some top class technical work by cameraman Sathya Hegde and Music by Guru Kiran.
Shiva will be certainly welcomed by Shivaraj Kumar's fans who were eagerly looking forward for a mass oriented film. For others it would be a film that would have returned with satisfaction if Om Prakash Rao had really worked on his script properly and avoided some flaws in the film.
One surprise is that Raagini has shown that she has the necessary talents to prove her versatility as an actress. Her role has different shades, but she has really worked hard to look convincing.
Ravi Shankar's voice is a major point for his elevated performance. Hats off to K.P. Srikanth for spending such a huge amount to make a big film. It will be a hit for sure, but has lost the opportunity to become a bigger hit.