Brahmastra REVIEW: Ayan Mukerji’s visual treat is backed by Ranbir, Alia, Big B, Mouni and SRK’s shining performances

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Film: Brahmastra

Director: Ayan Mukerji

Star cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna

Bollywood Bubble ratings: 4/5 stars

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Brahmastra Movie Review:

And let’s begin… WOW, what a movie. The moment I saw the trailer, I was sure it is going to be huge and epic but was having doubts about the plot. But well, just like the name Brahmastra, it showcased the larger-than-life moment on the celluloid. If I have to give a one-word review to Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer, then it has to be EPIC. Yes, there are some glitches and flaws but again, which film doesn’t have those? If I minus that, Brahmastra will surely blow your mind. From the first word go, it establishes that it will teleport you into the fantasy world.

I have always had a thing for mythological and historical stories. Given the fact that I was not a part of it, it fascinates me even more whenever I see them on the big screen or small screen. I do not know if there were true and happened for real but I always liked to believe in them. So when the director of the film Ayan Mukerji chose to combine mythology with the modern world, I was quite intrigued to see what he has in the store. Mythological itself is a vast concept and no wonder why Ayan chose to break down the stories into three parts.

The first part focuses on the life of Shiva and his journey to becoming the Agni Astra. As he learns that there’s also a dark world that is trying to destroy the world, Shiva hops on to this mission and serves his purpose. The main USP of the film is the VFX and now we see why it took almost a decade to create such a massive film. For me, it is worth the wait. Considering the film is made on a grand scale, I really enjoyed the theatre experience, it makes you believe that yes, there’s a planet where all the Astras do exist in the real world and there’s a wicked man behind it.

In spite of that, the one thing that failed to connect with me was the romance between Ranbir and Alia. It seems a little off and is even poorly written. It seems like Ayan was so focused on the Brahmastra concept that he forgot to work on the love story of Shiva and Isha as it looks a little flimsy. This is the first time, Alia and Ranbir are coming together for the film and the chemistry didn’t strike a chord with me as much as I was expecting. I’m sure if I see them in another film, they will win my heart.

As we are going to see Brahmastra in three parts, this film gives the announcement of the second part which is going to be bigger than this one and honestly, I can’t wait to see it. Without giving away any spoilers, during the climax, Ayan shows the reason behind having a second part and which character will be introduced in the second instalment. As I’m writing it, the climax scene is being played in my mind which is quite enthralling. The other thing that will pique interest is the cameos that are vaguely shown in the movie and will be explored in the second part. That will be enough for you to come back for the second part.

Ayan was treating Brahmastra which matches up to the Marvel Cinematic Universe level and well, I’m sure after watching the movie, you will feel that Hindi cinema has finally reached that stance. It is a visual treat for sure. But I’m also very sure that this movie will face criticism and will compare with MCU movies. I hope you guys don’t because even though both the movies are made on a grand scale, it is the concept which is different.

For the unversed, in ancient Indian texts, the Brahmastra is considered to be one of the most powerful weapons. It is a weapon that is said to have the capability to destroy the universe, capable of destroying creation and vanquishing all beings. Brahma is the creator of the universe and Astra means weapon. This is how Brahmastra came into existence as it was created by Lord Brahma.

 

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Story:

Since it is a trilogy, part one is the story of Shiva who sets out in search of love and self-discovery. During his journey, he realises that he is one of the many Astras and that he is related to the world of Brahmastra. After self-realisation that he is Agni Astra, he discovers that he needs to protect all the pieces of the most powerful of all Astras, Brahmastra. Shiva faces many evil forces threatening our existence but with the help of Guruji and his love Isha, Shiva fights evil but there are more secrets that he needs to unfold it. However, will he save the world from getting destroyed? Will Shiva save the pieces of Brahmastra from the wrong hands?

Star Performance:

Ranbir Kapoor essays the role of Shiva who lives a vivacious life, totally neglecting the other side of his life. Ranbir plays his part quite well and I have absolutely no complaints about that. From being a mischievous boy, and lover boy to his actions, he surely demands attention throughout the movie. After Bombay Velvet, Shamshera and now Brahmastra, Ranbir’s action skills have surely sharpened.

 

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Alia Bhatt plays Shiva’s love interest Isha. She plays a pivotal role or as it says in the movie, she is the switch button for Shiva. Alia looks beautiful and she seems to be perfect for her role as Isha in Brahmastra.

Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of Guruji who trains all the people who have different abilities and powers. After Thugs of Hindostan, Big B once again flaunts his action and must say, I’m starstruck to see him in a power-packed performance again.

Nagarjuna is seen in a cameo and does a fantastic job by playing Nandi Astra in the movie.

Mouni Roy plays the role of antagonist Junoon and she seems amazing. Even though she has been compared to Wanda Witch after the trailer was out, she is nothing like her. Mouni gets a meaty role after starring in Gold, Made In China and Romeo Akbar Walter. Hence, this time, she ensures to nail her part perfectly well.

Now that everyone knows Shah Rukh Khan is in the movie, I’m completely smitten to see him onscreen. He is also seen as a cameo and oh boy, he is phenomenal. Even though he is seen in a limited role, SRK shines in this stellar ensemble. From his charm to his mere presence, Shah Rukh is a sight to behold. (On a totally unrelated note, I can’t wait to see Shah Rukh Khan in 2023 with Pathaan, Jawan and Dunki)

Direction/ Screenplay:

Who would have thought that after Wake Up Sid, Yeh Jawaani Hai Dewaani, Ayan Mukerji, the director, would give us such a heavy and intense film called Brahmastra? I can literally feel Ayan’s presence in every frame, I guess that is the power of good direction. Yes, a lot of things remain unanswered in the first part and hence, that might look a bit absurd. I didn’t feel any scene was too dragged or tedious because it captivated me from the first frame to the last, mostly the action bits because I actually zoned out during their love story part.

 

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Conclusion:

Overall, Brahmastra is one visual extravaganza that you can’t afford to miss it. It is a visual treat which is backed by shining performance. The plot is not as strong as one would hope but the VFX of the film is the selling point that will drive you to the theatres. The fact that Ayan Mukerji has tried something so different and unique is applaudable. If we go crazy about Nordic mythology in Marvel films, then we should also appreciate how Ayan has executed Brahmastra which represents the rich Indian culture. I’m sure there would be some who will not resonate with the plot but since mythology really fascinates me, the Brahmastra concept enticed me. I’m going with 4 stars because of the epic VFX, star performance and Shah Rukh and removing an extra star due to the love story that is a put-off for me. Also, IMAX 3D or 3D is highly recommended.

 

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