Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) is a DJ living as a normal youth. At the Dussehra fair, he falls in love with a girl and falls in love with her at first sight. The girl’s name is Isha (Alia Bhatt). Luck repeatedly brings both of them to the fore and soon they fall in love. As they spend some time together, Isha learns about some things related to Shiva which surprises her.
Shiva tells him that fire does not burn him, he has some connection with fire. Shiva is aware of some events happening in the world of Brahmansh. But he knows nothing of Brahmansha. He senses some evil forces who want to grab Brahmastra at any cost. But why, how and where this happens, Shiva does not know.
He slowly solves the puzzles with the help of Isha, who leads him first to Nandi Astra Anes (Nagarjuna) and then to Brahmansha’s guru (Amitabh Bachchan). There they tell him that he himself is a firearm. Shiva still acknowledges his power. Now the story revolves around how Shiva, Isha and the members of the Brahmins protect the Brahmastra. Also, it is very interesting to know what is the history of passion and who is its guru.
Casting veterans of Indian cinema as the guardians of Brahmastra works in the film’s favor. It is interesting to see Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna Akkineni and another superstar (whose name will go in spoiler) as masters of various powers. Nagarjuna, who became Nandi’s weapon, made his mark in no time. Mouni Roy was strong in the role of Junoon on several occasions, but her character was given very little range to act with gestures. Amitabh Bachchan, who became Brahmansh’s guru, makes an impression. Her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor seems very comfortable.
Talk about Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Both of them have done a great job as Shiva and Isha. But is this his best film in terms of acting? So the answer is no. What makes an impression is the chemistry between them. Both of them look beautiful on the screen, their hard work is also evident… But the love story between them does not touch the heart emotionally. When the main point of the movie is the love story… and the chemistry doesn’t work there, it’s a bit disappointing. Ranbir Kapoor has done a great job in action and stunt scenes.
Combining the battle between good and evil with a love story and mythology, Ayan Mukerji has created something that will be a new and special experience for cinema lovers. Ayan should be commended for bringing this fantasy of his to the big screen. The concept, VFX and action sequences of the film are positive things. However, while Ayaan has done brilliantly on the technical side, the screenplay misses a bit. One important factor that seems to be missing from the story is emotional connection. This is even more surprising as the emotional factor in Ayaan’s previous films (Sabudi Sid and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) has been handled beautifully. The dialogues in the film could have been worked on a bit more.
Technically Brahmastra is a very strong film. From the beginning, there was a lot of discussion about the film’s VFX. Let me tell you, Ayan Mukerji gets full marks in this case. The film’s VFX is extremely effective. Creating this world of weapons would not be easy for Ayan and his technical team. Especially when a film of this level has never been made in Hindi cinema till now. The cinematography of the film also adds height to the story. At the same time, the film could have been a little tighter in terms of editing. Especially in the first half, the film is stretched in some parts.
The music for the film was composed by Simon Franglen. While the songs are composed by Pritam and penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. There are three songs in the film and all three easily strike a chord in the mind, especially Kesariya and Deva Deva. The songs are also shot in a very beautiful way, which makes it a different experience to watch it on a big screen.
This Ayan Mukerji debut film ‘Astraverse’ is a must-see experience on the big screen. The film has some flaws, but it won’t be wrong to say that nothing like it has been seen in Hindi cinema at such a conceptual and technical level. Ayan should be commended for bringing this fantasy to the big screen. 3 stars on ‘Brahmastra’ by Filmybeat.
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