Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva has been dubbed a box office success, although details about its actual box office take and profit remain unclear. While many have termed it a blockbuster, others remain sceptical due to the film’s massive budget.
There are rumours that the film was created on a budget of 650 crore rather than 400 crore, which has been flying about while the film was still in development. There is also speculation about whether lead actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt had to forego their wages due to the growing VFX expenditures. Ayan has now replied to the situation.
Ayan gave a hazy answer when discussing the same with trade expert Komal Nahta. The question was directed to Ranbir Kapoor, but Ayan decided to respond. “The truth is that the film has been made because of a lot of personal sacrifice. It is true that the amount that Ranbir would make as a star actor, he didn’t take anything for the making of Brahmastra. This is a very, very big thing, because it would not be possible to make this film.”
Ayan also spoke about Alia, “When she joined the film, this was 2014, she only had a couple of releases. She isn’t the star that she is today. The amount that was fixed for Alia in this film was not a very big amount, but even that small amount, by the time we completed the film, even Alia said that all of it has gone into the making of the film.”
Ranbir, said, “Aapne jo prashna pucha ki maine kuch charge kiya ya nhi kiya, actually maine kiya (You asked if I charged anything or not, actually I did). This is an equity I have for life, I’m also part producer of the film. Meri nazariya aur soch long run hai (I am thinking more long term). Maine part one me paese nhi liye (I didn’t charge for part 1) but eventually jo faith aur belief hai ki 3 parts m jo yeh film bana sakti hai (but the faith that I have about the amount that the film will make over three parts), that is beyond anything I’d get as an actor, price as an actor.”
Previously, Ranbir clarified that the 650 crore budget for Brahmastra Part 1-Shiva is really distributed between three films in the franchise.
Ranbir remarked in an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, “These days, we are reading a lot where people are discussing the budget of the film. People are saying this much is the budget and this much is the recovery. But Brahmastra is unique being where the budget is not just for one film but for the whole trilogy.”