The storyline of “Shivam" is too circuitous. And the gambits employed are way to exaggerated and inspired from films like Kick, Happy, Ready, Dammu, Athanokkade, Darling..etc. And the climax is real mess. If there's something called credibility that film needs or to have, “Shivam" scores a real low. It rakishly heartless and often quite pathetically mindless of how silly it is. Though it doesn't seem new or different, there's nothing wrong with the storyline. It could have been interesting if it had been treated differently.
Both script and the direction have gone wrong in this film. The script writer/director Srinivas Reddy (protégé of Surrender Reddy) seems to have lost his moorages and gone adrift with “Shivam". The narrative even makes it direful.Shivam, that claims to be a romantic entertainer, is neither romantic nor entertaining or is it remotely comic. Rather this product from debutant Srinivas Reddy is simply dispirited. Not even one song, character or scene in the film that comes out good. Director completely fails to lead his cast with some good characterization. The film even has some continuity issues which becomes very glaring and obvious and also quite a few dubbing errors.
The cinematography by Rasool Ellore is good. The story clocks more than 165 minutes with too many lags in the latter half, due to lack of smartness in the editing table (“Kerintha" Madhoo). Dialogues by Kishore Tirumala (directing Ram's Harikatha) work in parts. Dialogues like, “Simple gaa solve ayyedaaniki kottukune daakaa enduku", “Nuvu Evvaro Chepthe guruthochinapudala kodutha, Nenu evvaro thelusu koni vasthe guruthundi poyela kodutha", “Manaku naache ammayi kosam wait cheyyali, vachaka fight cheyyali" are good and in sync with the situations. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is very mediocre and his tunes remind us of few recent Telugu hits. Background Score and Fights in the film are not upto the mark. Production values of “Sri Sravanthi Movies" are grand.