Shaitaan Review: Ajay Devgn, R Madhavan Keep Audience On The Edge Of Their Seats In This Spooky Drama

New Delhi: When the trailer of ‘Shaitaan’ dropped, it created quite a stir, hinting at a potentially sensational film. What’s in store for us with Madhavan’s latest venture? How will Ajay save his family? While this film is a remake of the 2023 Gujarati film ‘Vash’, it might not have been widely seen by Hindi audiences, hence the excitement brewing since the trailer release. The first half of the film is remarkable, gripping you to your seat as Madhavan shakes things up. However, as the story progresses towards the end, things seem to falter.


Ajay Devgn plans a holiday with his wife, daughter, and son at their farmhouse. On their way, they stop at a roadside eatery, where Madhavan hypnotizes their daughter and later causes havoc at their farmhouse. Ajay wishes to take his daughter with him, but the parents’ consent and how far parents can go to donate their daughter are questioned. Madhavan tortures the family relentlessly until Ajay steps up to save them. Being a Hindi film, the hero is bound to triumph, and that’s the essence of the story.


The film dives straight into the action, setting the stage for some impending chaos right from Madhavan’s entry. Each scene with Madhavan terrorizing Ajay’s family grips you, making it hard to look away. The first half is intense, keeping you on the edge of your seat. However, as Madhavan stays at their house, the film seems to lose its pace, especially in the second half and climax, which feels a bit rushed and underwhelming. Despite that, it still manages to keep you engaged till the end, making it a one-time watch.


R. Madhavan shines in this film, portraying his negative role with utmost dedication. His every move and action irks you, showcasing his brilliance as an actor. Ajay Devgn delivers as always, with his performance speaking volumes. His wife, played by Jyotika, fits her character well, while Angad Bedi as Ajay’s son adds charm to the narrative.


Vikas Bahl’s direction is commendable, especially in utilizing Madhavan’s talent to its fullest. Good actors need a good director, and Vikas proves his mettle here. However, better screenplay in the second half could’ve elevated the film to greater heights.

Scare Factor:

The ultimate question with such films is how scary it is. It can easily make the faint-hearted tremble. If you’re easily spooked, think twice before watching.


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