Brahmastra Review : Lacks Impact

Brahmastra Review Rating
Brahmastra Review Rating

Brahmastra Review Rating : 2.5/5

Ayan Mukerji who made coming-of-age films Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani with Ranbir Kapoor came up with overtly ambitious Brahmastra, an Astraverse film. Brahmastra Part One Shiva, is the first chapter of three film series planned by the team. Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor have become real time life partners post the film shooting. Shah Rukh Khan and Nagarjuna did cameos in the film and Amitabh Bachchan played Guru role. It released with maximum hype on 9th September and SS Rajamouli presented it in Telugu too. Let’s discuss about the Brahmastra Review film…

Plot:

Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) has a strange connect with Scientist Mohan Bhargav (Shah Rukh Khan) who wields Vanarastra, against the killers who come to grab one Brahmastra part from him. Mohan escapes and we cut to Shiva noticing Isha (Alia Bhatt) at a Durga Pooja festive event. Mohan is grabbed by the leader of the group, Junoon (Mouni Roy) and Raftaar, Jor help her to steal Brahmastra from him. Mohan kills himself to not reveal any more information to Junoon about other halves of Brahmastra. Shiva feels the pain and experiences it as if he has been killed. He doesn’t understand the connect with him. He thinks Mohan is a fiction in his dream. At Isha’s event, he finds Mohan being real and death of Mohan becomes a news too.

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He gets shocked and shares about it with Isha. He reveals to her that he needs to save an artist named Atish Shetty (Nagarjuna) from those who attacked Mohan. She doesn’t understand the necessity but believes Shiva to be genuine as she watches his routine day-life. Shiva is an orphan who works as a DJ and supports other orphans like him. Shiva and Isha fall for each other in this journey and as they meet Atish, they find Junoon gang attacking Atish. Isha also finds out that Shiva has supernatural powers to control fire. Shiva explains to her that he doesn’t know why and how, but he is connected to fire. Atish saves them from the attack of Junoon gang with the help of Nandi Astra and gives them address to Brahmansh, Astras protectors secret society, Ashram. Where does all this leads to? How are Shiva and Isha connected to this Brahmansh and Brahmastra? Why Junoon gang need Brahmastra? Watch the movie to know more…

Analysis:

Brahmastra is a highly ambitious film with a concept that is unique and refreshing. But the young director did not have the conviction to create scenes around his brilliantly elaborate concept. Bringing Astras to life and then suggesting that someone has been using them and protecting them, has lots of merits and novelty. At the same time, a cog that runs this wheel in right direction, the screenplay and story needed to be water-tight. Ayan tried to take love as that cog but failed to create impact with those scenes. At the same time, while cameos by big stars are really great, they don’t seem to be well planned out in the script. They seem necessary and unnecessary too. Ranbir Kapoor’s character needed to guide the movie and carry it as the emotional representative of us but his character ended up being most focus less and random.

Even Alia Bhatt’s character ended up random. If Shah Rukh Khan and Nagarjuna cameos added to the intensity in drama, Amitabh Bachchan’s act and character brought the movie down in second hour. Performances of all the actors are good but most of them seemed clueless after a point due to writing going all over the place. If the second part gets go ahead, then the makers need to find a better script to attach their hugely ambitious ideas together before attempting to shoot. Ideas and concepts behind VFX are good but on the whole movie lacks any impact.

Positives:

  • Astraverse concept
  • SRK and Nag cameos
  • Ranbir – Alia Chemistry
  • Songs

Negatives:

  • Over ambitious ideas
  • Lack in Gripping Scenes
  • Weak writing
  • Dragged Second Half
  • Random Narration
  • Impactless sequences

Brahmastra Review Rating : 2.5/5

Bottom-line: Lacks Impact

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Mouni Roy, Dimple Kapadia

Crew:
Cinematography by V. Manikandan, Pankaj Kumar, Sudeep Chatterjee, Patrick Duroux, Vikas Nowlakha
Edited by Prakash Kurup
Music Composed by Pritham, Simon Franglen
Dialogues by Hussain Dalal
Written & Directed by Ayan Mukherji
Produced by Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Namit Malhotra, Ranbir Kapoor, Ayan Mukerji, Marijke Desouza
Release Date: 9th September, 2022

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