Brahmastra Movie Review: Ayan Mukerji has tried to answer the Marvel Cinematic Universe through ‘Brahmastra’ by creating Astraverse. Ayan does not have the same budget as Hollywood films, but not everyone gets a chance to make a film (three parts) in Bollywood for Rs 410 crores. Ayan’s effort can be appreciated that he has made the film on the lines of Hollywood.
‘Brahmastra’ is a weapon of weapons, there is no greater weapon than this and its attack never goes blank. The story is woven around this weapon. Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) is an orphan. The father is not known to him and the mother passed away when he was one year old. The fire doesn’t burn it, why? He doesn’t even know about this. He also has strange dreams.
He falls in love with Isha (Alia Bhatt) for the first time. A scientist (Shahrukh Khan) is murdered and this incident is witnessed by Shiva in a dream. Junoon (Mouni Roy) and her accomplices want to kill an artist (Nagarjuna) and Shiva goes to Varanasi to rescue him.
Shiva comes to know some things related to Brahmansha and Brahmastra. Guruji (Amitabh Bachchan) gets some important information about his father and mother. Why does passion want to kill? What is the relation of Shiva with Brahmastra? Their answers are available at the end of the film. Since the film is in three parts, many things have been omitted for the second and third parts as well.
Ayan Mukerji has written the story of the film. It is clear that he has taken inspiration from MCU films. Some characters and some scenes will also remind you of MCU. Ayan has tried to make the story Indian by giving mythological and religious touch to the characters and has created the character of a desi superhero. The story is not very unique. Brahmastra has three pieces and the passion is finding these pieces, such stories have been shown in many Hollywood movies.
The screenplay of the film is not flowing. When the VFX effects come in the film, it runs on the highway, but when the real life scenes come, it gets down on the raw path.
Shiva and Isha’s meeting and Isha’s heart-wrenching sequences are mediocre and I can’t understand why Isha is suddenly falling in love with Shiva? Not much information has been given about Isha and her romantic scenes have been dragged too long.
On the other hand, the scenes with Mouni Roy have turned out to be good and the Shah Rukh-Mouni clash is also worth watching. When Shiva comes to know that he has the power of Agni, that sequence also turns out well.
The first half is better. The director has set the story in the time of Durga Puja, Dussehra and Diwali. Every frame looks gorgeous because of the festival celebrating in the backdrop. The interval has also been done by bringing a special place.
After the interval, boring moments dominate the film. The sequence of Shiva going to Guruji’s ashram has been drawn for a very long time. The scenes of Amitabh and Ranbir Kapoor here are boring and long. In the climax, Ayan Mukerji has handed over the film to the VFX technicians and has become the audience himself.
Screenplay’s shortcomings keep coming to the surface every now and then. In the beginning of the film, Shiva’s dialogues have ‘taporipan’ which disappears completely later. Very little information has been given about Isha. Why do characters with super powers take out guns? The pieces of Brahmastra look very simple, some effects had to be given in them.
As a director, Ayan has kept the pace of the film fast and has presented the drama with visual effects. The story is presented in such a way that the audience does not have much difficulty in understanding. It would have been better if he thought differently as a writer as some characters and scenes have been taken from Hollywood movies. The film also lacks entertaining scenes.
The pairing of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt looks great. Both the actors have performed well. The scenes of Amitabh Bachchan are not strong. His look is such that he is very tired. Mouni Roy’s performance is tremendous. Whenever she comes on the screen, she stuns. Shahrukh Khan leaves an impact in the cameo. Nagarjuna fainted. Why Dimple Kapadia said yes to this role is beyond comprehension.
Two hit songs of the film ‘Kesariya’ and ‘Deva Deva’ are worth watching on the big screen. These have been shot very well and the director has made good use of them time and again in the film. Background music is superb.
The work of the technical team is world class. The computer graphics, VAX and 3D effects are amazing. If you are interested in watching the film, then watch it in 3D effects only. Cinematography is awesome.
The first part of Brahmastra Shiva has been released and the second part will come under the name Deva. The first part does not impress much, it is to be expected that the writing department will correct the shortcomings in the second part.
- Banner : Star Studios, Dharma Productions, Prime Focus, Starlight Pictures
- the creator : Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Ranbir Kapoor, Ayan Mukerji
- Director: Ayan Mukerji
- music : Pritam
- artist : Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, Special Role- Shah Rukh Khan, Dimple Kapadia
- Censor Certificate : UA * 2 hrs 46 mins 54 sec
- Rating : 2.5/5