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Brahmastra Part One : Shiva Review: Ranbir-Alia Starrer Is A Treat For Long-Waiting Fans Of Hindi Cinema

Brahmastra Movie Review :

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, Nagarjuna Akkineni

Director: Ayan Mukerji

Music: Pritam

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brahmastra is a bold and daring endeavor. For the past ten years, Mukerji has been working on this movie in his thoughts. Brahmastra is a rich, soulful, and exciting experience that can only be had by watching the best cast and crew in action, if you can let go of your version and embrace the filmmaker’s – if you’re not the one who’s apparently made their minds up about the film before seeing it (thanks to social media).

There is no denying that the movie has a cliched plot that is simple to relate to and that allows viewers to appreciate the pictures on screen while being gently guided along a road that is as familiar and at ease as teaching your child nursery rhymes. It’s not simple to establish a superhero, but that’s what the director did in the first book of the trilogy.

The mythology of the Astras, also known as the weapons of light, ushers in the voyage. They derive from natural elements like earth, wind, fire, water, and even some animals. These weapons, which are presented as commonplace items, endow their users with supercharged, energy-radiating abilities. In India, this venerable organisation has existed for generations, worshipping the deity Brahm, Lord of the Astras, and defending the light against any potential dark forces. But because modern generations are unaware of their existence, modern Brahmansh can continue to operate undercover while occupying positions of authority in society.

Brahmastra, the Gods’ most potent weapon, has been dormant. It wreaked havoc the last time it was awoken. The Brahmansh divided the world into three parts, each of which was guarded by a crucial figure. The emotional beats take some time to come together, so the first half drags a little bit. Nevertheless, there is still much to enjoy. From a lowly background, DJ Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) meets Isha (Alia Bhatt), the love of his life, at a festival celebration. At the same time, he starts to get visions of a dark power, commanded by Junoon (Mouni Roy), who is attempting to bring the parts together in order to conquer the globe and cause massive havoc.

The first half drags a little since the emotional beats take a while to come together, but there is still a lot to like. The plot’s weakest element is arguably the relationship between Shiva and Isha, which stands out like a sore thumb.

However, Mukerji offers us a great intermission, and the movie advances quickly in the second half before giving us one of the most spectacularly shot climaxes thanks to a combination of dramatic in-camera shots and visual effects. You’re enthralled by the big-screen drama and action that builds to a shocking conclusion. A big credit goes to the VFX team. The VFX work in the conclusion is some of the best we’ve seen in Indian film.

But Mukerji’s expert handling of the straightforward but reliable screenplay, his capacity for creating exciting moments, and his talent for drawing emotions out of even clichéd situations are what make the movie special. He is helped by a talented cast that is at the peak of their game, including Amitabh Bachchan as the guru and Nagarjuna as Nandiastra, who commands respect just by the way his eyes bulge. Additionally, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan makes an extended cameo as Vanarastra, which is a wholly paisa vasool moment.

Mouni Roy is the true movie discovery. She is simply amazing, holds her own in this complicated cast, and shines as the antagonist with ease.

But Ranbir Kapoor’s outstanding performance, in which he more than just plays Shiva, is the movie’s driving force. The actor has dedicated ten years to the project, much like the director, and it shows in the performance.

Brahmastra Verdict:

Although few movies are perfect, Brahmastra is not one of them. At 2 hours and 46 minutes, it is excessively long and, at times, both straightforward and plain. But it’s a good and gratifying viewing, with a well-crafted appearance and a filmmaker’s vision that deserve praise and admiration.
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