Brahmastra Review: The Astraverse Saga Has Fiery VFX But Cold Storytelling!
The most-awaited film- Brahmastra Part One: Shiva- finally released on over 5000 screens today. The film is the outcome of director Ayan Mukerji’s 10 long years of hard work and dedication, which he has mostly spent focusing on visuals more than the storyline. Yeah! It is true that the storyline fails to deliver what was majorly promoted through events.
The storyline of Brahmastra mix-matches the story of mythological Astraverse with a romantic love story. In the film, Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) is a DJ who grows up in an orphan house in Mumbai. Then, he meets London-returned Isha (Alia Bhatt) at a Durga Puja celebration in Mumbai. Just like any other Bollywood romantic tale, he fells in love with her at first sight.
Although Shiva can feel that he is different from ordinary people, he still remains unaware of his powers and capabilities for a long time. However, the arrival of Isha in his life changes everything to a great extent, as she makes him aware of his extraordinary powers. In fact, she assists Shiva in the mission for which he was sent on this planet. Well, Isha’s role remains limited to assisting Shiva in fighting evils, so if you are expecting anything extra, you can get disappointed !
The film starts with the introduction of Shah Rukh Khan as a scientist who commits suicide for unknown reasons. However, Shiva feels that there was something extra about the scientist’s death. In his quest for answer, Isha comes as a blessing. She assists Shiva in discovering the powers which Shiva possesses. This briefly sums up the first half!
In the second half, the film’s plot takes an unexpected turn where Amitabh Bachchan as the trainer of Astra Rakshaks, narrates the true story of Brahmastra. He says that the Brahmastra is one of the most powerful weapons in the world and that many evil forces led by Junoon (Mouni Roy) are looking to take command of this weapon. The second part definitely has more of the VFX part!
Should You Watch Brahmastra?
Although director Ayan Mukerji spent years working on this project, he mostly prioritized the use of visuals. Probably, that can justify the soaring high budget of Brahmastra Part I: The Shiva which also makes it one of the big-budget movies in Bollywood.
Overall, the director’s efforts were only reflected in the use of visuals only, as the storyline does not leave a compelling effect on viewers. Unlike Baahubali, which had both VFX and a strong story to tell, Brahmastra lacks on the storyline, at least Part 1. Thanks to the poor storyline, many film scenes were predictable to audiences.
One of the reason for playing it low on the plot front can be the director’s vision of stretching the story in multiple parts. Well, it’s too early to comment on it. It depends on what Ayan Mukerji would bring to the table in second part of Brahmastra.
In the film, industry legends like Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan should have been given more screen time.
Well, the answer to if Brahmastra is worth-watching or not is a subjective thing. For instance, if you are looking for an entirely new story or you have a tilt towards knowing about mythical texts, Brahmastra shouldn’t be your first choice. However, if you are looking for high-level VFX and really want to see what Ranbir-Alia on-screen chemistry looks like, then book your tickets now because they are being sold out! Well, the efforts of the actors and the addition of visuals are really appreciable in Brahmastra review.
Well, we have seen the VFX level that Ayan Mukerji can deliver! All we hope from the director is to give us more story, twists and turns in the second part of Brahmastra.