A Short Review of Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva: Plot, Acting, VFX, Music

Assumed to be one of the biggest movies of the year 2022, Brahmastra, directed by Ayan Mukherji, has been released worldwide. The movie is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and has an ensemble cast consisting of Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bacchan, Mouni Roy, Nagarjuna Akkineni, Saurav Gurjar, Rohollah Ghazi, etc. There is also a short cameo of Shah Rukh Khan and an uncredited cameo of Deepika Padukone.

Even though the movie has such a huge star cast and promising concept, the movie has mostly been receiving mixed reviews from the audience. Brahmastra serves as the first installment of a planned trilogy, known as Astraverse, and it took over 10 years to make it.

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The Plot:

We got no spoilers here!

Brahmastra draws inspiration from the stories in Hindu mythology and follows the story of Shiva (played by Ranbir Kapoor), an orphan who has got supernatural powers to control fire. The story continues his journey to unravel the mystery of his life and prevent the Brahmastra, the biggest weapon in the universe, from falling into the hands of dark forces. He is accompanied by his love interest Isha (played by Alia Bhatt).

Review:

Although the movie seemed promising when it was announced, and the hype was further created when the trailer was released, the movie somehow lacked the plot and storyline. The movie has been a massive disappointment in terms of the screenplay as the movie mostly focused on the love story between the leads than the story of the weapon and the mythology.

The movie started well by explaining the myth of Brahmastra and the introduction of Shiva. However, the plot begins to weaken as the story progresses and till the end, it looks like many plots are tangled into one. The story is easily predictable and not that intriguing, and even the pace seemed all over the place.

Acting:

There is not much negative to say about acting as all the actors have done exceptionally well. Ranbir has been playing a similar type of character since the beginning of his career, so it wasn’t something new to see him in that role. Alia Bhatt has also done well even though most of her dialogues were just screaming “Shiva!”. Veteran actor Amitabh Bacchan delivers his lines very well like always and we see the boldness and a sense of fear in his character.

The cameo of Shah Rukh Khan was a delight to watch and we hope to see his own spin-off in the future someday. Nagarjuna as Nandi Astra was one of the best performances in the movie. Among all of them, the one that outshines everyone in terms of acting was Mouni Roy as Junoon. When the posters and trailers were released, many compared her character to Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch from Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, her character seemed more similar to the character she played in her TV show, Naagin.

VFX:

The VFX of the show is done by the team who has worked in Hollywood movies and TV shows like Dune, Stranger Things, Avengers: Endgame, and Jurassic World: Dominion. If we compare the VFX of other Bollywood movies to Brahmastra, then we can say that it looks very good. However, maybe due to the limited budget, it looks like it lacked somewhere. Only one that the VFX team failed miserably was at making fire. Besides this, they deserve an applause for their work.

Music:

Let’s not talk about “Love Storiyaan” here because we all know how that went. “Kesariya” was the most popular song of the movie, it was also the most beautiful track. Other versions of this song are constantly played throughout the movie. “Dance ka Bhoot” serves as a great introduction song to Ranbir’s character and he has done extremely well with all the dance moves. The part where this song is played also shows the diversified culture of Durga Puja. Another song is “Deva Deva”, and the part where this song is played was executed extremely beautifully. Afterall, Arijit Singh never disappoints with his singing capabilities. The background music was also good and they were not unnecessarily loud.

The Future:

Since this is the first part of the Astraverse Universe, the second part is under development. The second movie will be called Brahmastra: Part Two – Dev, and will focus on the character of Dev. Now, to know who Dev is, you have to watch the movie.

It is assumed that Ranveer Singh will play the lead in the second movie along with Deepika Padukone.

Conclusion:

Overall speaking, the movie is good entertainment, and the visual experience is really good on the big screens. But, we wouldn’t recommend you to go and watch the movie in theatres if you are looking for a next-level cinematic experience, in which the movie fails somehow. We rate the movie 2.5/5.

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