It’s difficult to create a superhero universe. You must first set the groundwork and establish the protagonist’s worldview. You have faith in your superheroes, which is why the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) succeeds. Ayan Mukerji spent the first half of Brahmastra establishing a foundation for our stars, Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) and Isha (Alia Bhatt). The film has an emotional appeal thanks to the skillfully weaved historical allusions.
There is fire, there is light, and there are those superheroes who wield special astras that were created by the Brahm-Shakti and contain powers similar to those found in the Jal (water), Pawan (wind), Agni (fire), and animal and plant life. The universe was split into three parts to protect it from evil energies, but the most potent astra, known as Brahmastra, is supposed to be capable of destroying the entire cosmos.
Brahmastra, First Chapter – Shiva is fundamentally a love story, but as the spirits that govern this cosmos seize control, it soon develops into a conflict between good and evil. Written and directed by Ayan Mukerji, is a heady fusion of Hindu mythology and sci-fi elements that serves as the backdrop of an, to put it mildly, unique love story.
A DJ named Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) has a strange connection to fire and falls in love with Isha (Alia Bhatt) at first sight. As their relationship progresses, his search for the cause of this strange connection grows more intense. His visions of devastation become more distinct, and he crosses paths with Guru ji (Amitabh Bachchan), the head of the Brahmnsh, a hidden society of sages who harness the Brahm-Shakti, unaware that he is meant to awaken the Brahmstra. The dark force’s queen Junoon (Mouni Roy) has to locate the fragments of Brahmastra to finally awaken and please Lord Bramha Dev. We also discover more about Shiva’s past and his mother Amrita, who had control over Jal Astra, along the way.
Too much information to understand? Don’t worry; all these things are explained and presented in a way that won’t frighten or overwhelm you.
Brahmastra begins as your typical, traditional guy meets girl love story, but it doesn’t waste any time setting up the real idea, which is letting Shiva go on a journey with you to discover his ultimate goal. Brahmastra’s overly complicated plot causes it to occasionally become muddled, but it quickly returns to its original course. Mukerji clearly went overboard with some elements, but thankfully it never gets to the point where it starts to annoy and distract.
Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, the first chapter in this trilogy, is a strong effort. Ayan leaves the audience hanging by hinting at what may happen next.
The film serves as a subtle reminder that India isn’t falling behind in the visual effects race and has some of the best work in this genre. The message of love triumphing over evil and hopelessness from Ayan couldn’t have arrived at a better time!
The majority of Brahmastra is somber, but I appreciated how Hussain Dalal’s dialogues occasionally injected light humour that didn’t seem out of place even during the most dramatic scene or a battle. Additionally, when it comes to battle scenes, the action choreography is top notch.
The performances are varied. After a strenuous performance in Shamshera, Ranbir Kapoor is quick on his feet and adds the much-needed vigour to the movie. Alia’s Isha has zest, her eyes pure love for Shiva. But in this otherwise strong presentation, their love story may be the weakest link. He refers to her as the “button” that will activate his superpower, although the idea is strange.
Despite getting little screen time, Nagarjuna’s character has a significant influence. With this career-altering performance, Mouni Roy breaks the Naagin stigma and plays a fantastic villain. Guruji, played by Amitabh Bachchan, has the commanding screen presence needed for the part. But Shah Rukh Khan’s outstanding appearance in the first 10 minutes of the movie is the true “seeti-maar” moment.
Brahmastra’s music is merely ordinary. For example, Kesariya is a beautiful song but has been screened more times than necessary over the past two months, so there is no longer any novelty when you watch it in the movie. Although Pritam’s Deva Deva is a pleasant track, your attention is drawn more to the choreography of Ranbir playing with fire while the song plays in the background. Additionally, Dance Ka Bhoot is only a skippable song that doesn’t stick with you for too long.
Brahmastra Part One: Shiva is a visual feast worth your time. Do not skip this.