Languages spoken include Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.

Ayan Mukherjee is the director.

Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Shah Rukh Khan, and Mouni Roy star in the film.

About Brahmastra

As there isn’t much to say, I’ll start by mentioning what works in Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva. The film begins with Shah Rukh Khan, who plays renowned scientist Mohan Bhargav, sitting at his home when the villains – Mouni Roy and her two followers – arrive. This is when it is revealed that Khan is a member of the secret society and is protecting one of Brahmastra’s three parts. The beginning of the film was saved by SRK’s wit and acting abilities.

He is the Vanar Astra’s owner (monkey powers). Mouni Roy, who plays Junoon, deserves credit for doing her best with the clichéd and annoying dialogue and the meaningless plot. The songs in Brahmastra: Part 1 – Shiva, such as Kesariya, Deva, and Dance Ka Bhoot, are also upbeat and enjoyable.

Brahmastra
Brahmastra

Oh, and if you’re wondering what Brahmastra and Astras are all about, you have 2 hours and 43 minutes to find out.

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Junoon and her companions Zor and Raftaar apprehend the scientist and steal his ‘Payal.’ Yes, you read that correctly. When SRK wore an anklet, his Vanar Astra activated.

Junoon successfully hypnotises the scientist into learning about the second part of the Brahmastra. Throughout this, we notice a good-looking man running in a red shirt. You guessed it, our main character, Ranbir Kapoor aka Shiva, is a DJ. He arrives at the Dusshera pandal to perform for the guests, but this is the first time he sees Isha (Alia Bhatt). He falls in love with her just by looking at her. The moment is beautifully captured, but the scene that follows kills the vibe. Ravan is suddenly on fire, and strange things are happening. This is when we learn about Shiva’s abilities: he cannot burn.

This is also when we learn that the VFX are not up to par with what director Ayan Mukherji has advertised. This could have been easily overlooked if Mukherji had not claimed to have spent four years on the film and its VFX. In one of his making-of videos, he compares Brahmastra’s visual effects to those of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Shiva is in love with a girl he saw at the pandal and has no idea who she is.

Brahmastra Review
Brahmastra Review

Luck (or, as he claims, Karan Johar) plays a role, and Shiva meets Isha at a party, and she immediately trusts him when he says, “Bharosa Karna Aata Hai?” ” and departs with him and his friends for another party. Shiva takes her to an orphanage where he grew up. Isha is moved by his simplicity and asks him, “Kaun ho tum,” as if the entire drama surrounding his character wasn’t enough. Oh, I forgot to mention how Ranbir dances to Katrina Kaif’s song Chikni Chameli, only to be joined by Alia Bhatt. That seemed unnecessary, or perhaps Ranbir is giving his ex-wives some screen time. You’ll see why I said that later in this review.

While giving a lecture on the importance of light, Shiva begins to experience fits because he can see into the future. He could see Junoon and her men murdering Mohan Bhargav. He also discovered that the second piece of Brahmastra is in the possession of a well-known artist named Anish in Varanasi.

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Quick update: The film is becoming monotonous.

When Shiva awakens, he decides to return to the pandal in search of Isha. He tells her about his abilities, and without hesitation, Isha encourages him to travel to Varanasi to save Anish. Isha learns about Shiva’s ability to manipulate fire immediately after hearing the song Kesariya. Junoon and her team arrive in Varanasi before anything can be built.

They are all on a mission to find Anish. Something completely out of context has been thrown into this chase. While I understand that a film with such a large budget would require money, promoting a brand in the middle of an action scene is bizarre on another level. While looking for the artist, Isha decides to divert Zor’s attention by striking up a conversation with him, asking for his phone to make a call and then abruptly saying, “Jio ka outgoing free hai bhaiya.”

We eventually learn that Nagarjuna possesses the Nandi Astra, but the irony is that he is defeated by bullets. What’s the reasoning now? Why is there so much emphasis on guns in the film when everyone has supernatural abilities? How can a bullet kill an Astra, the most powerful thing shown in the film?

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Things (film) don’t end here, though I wish they did.

Using GPS navigation, Shiva and Isha arrive at the Guru’s Aashram, played by none other than Amitabh Bachchan. If finding the Aashram was so simple, why is Junoon unable to do so? Many such questions will be raised by the film.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what happened to Anish’s character, know that they wasted Nagarjuna for only two scenes.

At this point, we learn that Zor is now the owner of Vanar Astra. And Zoravar has abducted the Nandi Astra. When the couple arrives at the Aashram, Shiva can use his power to burn to kill Zor if he tries to attack Isha.

Amitabh Bachchan’s character is reduced to that of a mere Guru with no agenda.

I believe the Mahadev serial, starring Mohit Raina, has a better plot.

The Guru informs Shiva about his abilities and his parents, Dev and Amrita. He tells the story of a battle between love and responsibilities.

His father, like him, is the owner of Agni Astra, and his mother, Amrita, is the owner of Jal Astra. She had hidden the Brahmastra pieces from her husband because he desired to own Brahm Astra, which would have killed the entire universe.

Now, this is why I said Ranbir is giving space to all of his ex-girlfriends and, most likely, their respective partners. Deepika Padukone will play Amrita in the second installment of Brahmastra, and Ranveer Singh will play Dev. We first see her in the first chapter of Brahmastra.

Brahmastra Movie
Brahmastra Movie

The film’s final sequence – a battle between Shiva and the secret society and Junoon and her gang – is the deciding factor. The entire scene depicts Shiva’s decision to take over Junoon using a lighter but eventually learning to light the fire without it. The dialogues are repetitive and irritating – “Marne k baad uss paar dhoond lena”, “Agar kuch kia to mein Brahmastra fek doogi”, “maut aaegi to pehele meri…”

The world does not end after Junoon joins all three pieces of Brahmastra, but the film does. But before that, Ayan demonstrates how love can overcome any obstacle, and just because Shiva was willing to sacrifice his life for Isha, the world is not coming to an end.

Verdict:

At the end of the film, the makers announced Brahmastra – Part 2: Dev, and that made my heart sink. I cannot bear another torture. The VFX of the film is undoubtedly better than what we have seen, but not at par with what was promised. The dialogues are cliché, Ayan Mukherji has wasted the skills and popularity of Shah Rukh Khan, Nagarjuna, and of course, Amitabh Bachchan. Mukherji needs to be applauded for his vision but I feel he forgot to edit the film. It could have been reduced to at least 30 minutes. Brahmastra – Part 1: Shiva is an apt film for a 4-year-old or maybe even they are more sensible. Ayan Mukherji promised better.

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