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Times of India
Armed with a lively script, director Srinivasaraju, who had earlier directed Dandupalya, tells the story of a village youth saving a temple's land from the land mafia and, in the process, cleaning up the temple administration.
All eyes are on a Shiva temple, laden with riches, and a tussle for its takeover ensues between minister Siddanna (Avinash) and a goon Bhoothayya (C R Gopi). However, Basavanna (Upendra), who becomes its chief priest after his father's death, stands in their way. In a parallel track, we have Amanulla Khan (Ravishankar), a terrorist, who is planning to destabilize India's economy. He is assisted by Mandira (Ragini Dwivedi). Do these seemingly disparate side-plots have a connection? Watch Shivam to find out.
The director has spun the sequences well aided by a brisk narrative. Full marks to Gururaj M Desai for penning crisp dialogues. On the flipside, the background music sounds a tad harsh. The director could have restricted the number of killings, though he does not bombard viewers with blood-stained sequences.
It's Upendra all the way, who steals the show with a brilliant performance. Saloni as a village belle plays her role well. Ragini Dwivedi offers eye-candy in a glamourous role. Venkatesh Prasad's cinematography and music by Mani Sharma are the other highlights.