Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) is a DJ, living life like a normal youth. At the Dussehra fair, he falls in love with a girl and falls in love with her at first glance. The girl’s name is Isha (Alia Bhatt). Luck repeatedly brings both of them to the fore and soon they fall in love. While spending some time together, Isha comes to know about some things related to Shiva, which takes her by surprise.
Shiva tells him that fire does not burn him, he has some relation with fire. Shiva is aware of some events happening in the world of Brahmansh. But he doesn’t know anything about Brahmansha. He senses some evil forces, who want to grab the Brahmastra at any cost. But why, how and where this is happening, Shiva does not know.
He slowly solves the puzzles with the help of Isha, who leads him first to the Nandi Astra Anees (Nagarjuna) and then to Brahmansha’s guru (Amitabh Bachchan). There he is told that he himself is a fire weapon. Shiva is still recognizing his power. Now the story revolves around how Shiva, Isha and the members of the Brahmans protect the Brahmastra. Also, it is very interesting to know what is the story of passion and who is its guru.
Casting veterans of Indian cinema as the custodians of Brahmastra works in favor of the film. It is interesting to see Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna Akkineni and another Superstar (whose name will go to spoiler) as masters of different powers. Nagarjuna, who became a Nandi weapon, leaves his mark in a short time. Mouni Roy has been strong in the role of Junoon on a few occasions, but her character has been given very little scope to play with gestures. Amitabh Bachchan, who became the guru of Brahmansh, impresses. Her bonding with Ranbir Kapoor seems very comfortable.
Talk about Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.. So both of them have done a great job in the role of Shiva and Isha. But is this his best film in terms of acting? So the answer is no. The thing that stands out is the chemistry between them. Both look beautiful on screen, their hard work is also visible.. But the love story between them does not touch the heart emotionally. When the main point of the film is the love story.. and the chemistry doesn’t work there, it’s a bit frustrating. Ranbir Kapoor has done a great job in the action and stunt sequences.
Combining the battle of 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 taking 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 script misses a bit. One important factor that the story seems to be missing is the emotional connection. This is even more surprising as the emotional factor in Ayaan’s previous films (Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) has been handled beautifully. A little more work could have been done on the dialogues of the film.
Technically Brahmastra is a very strong film. From the very beginning, there was a lot of discussion about the VFX of the film. Let me tell you, Ayan Mukerji gets full numbers in this case. The VFX of the film is tremendously effective. Creating this world of weapons would not have been easy for Ayan and his technical team. Especially when a film of this level has never been made in Hindi cinema till date. The cinematography of the film also gives a height to the story. At the same time, the film could have been tightened a little more in terms of editing. Especially in the first half, the film is stretched in some parts.
The film’s score is composed by Simon Franglen. While the songs have been composed by Pritam and written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. There are three songs in the film and all three easily strike a chord in the mind, especially Kesaria and Deva Deva. The songs have also been shot in a very beautiful way, due to which it is a different experience to watch it on the big screen.
This debut film of Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Astraverse’ is an experience that must be seen on the big screen. The film has some shortcomings, but it would not be wrong to say that nothing like this has ever been seen in Hindi cinema on such a concept and technical level. Ayan should be commended for bringing this fantasy to the big screen. 3 stars to “Brahmastra” from Filmybeat.