Story: Shiva, a young DJ in Mumbai, discovers he has an unusual power that makes him immune and similar to fire. He gradually uncovers the mysteries behind his own existence, which are also connected to a series of mythical events. The rest of the story is about how it affected his life.
Brahmastra Review: A young, orphaned DJ named Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) lives a happy life surrounded by other orphaned kids. His special connection to fire – it doesn’t burn him – and periodic visions that appear before him when he shuts his eyes, suck him into a world of superpowers. This is a tale that has a mythical foundation, yet it also gradually links Shiva to the tale of his parents, which leads to a change in his fate. His quest for love and light leads him down the road to vanquish bad guys and discover his full potential.
The film’s opening sets up its theme and universe in an intriguing way, with comic-book-style visuals and Amitabh Bachchan’s baritone. The first part of Brahmastra: Shiva is a visual spectacle, relying heavily on the use of special effects and the love story between Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) and Isha (Alia Bhatt), played by him. Visual effects are important to the film. It’s well planned out, excellent, and effective in most areas. In many cases, the conclusion of pre-interval sequences is a spectacle.
It’s fantastic that the film draws from Indian mythology and folk tales. The world created in this film, with meticulous attention to detail, is worthy of respect. At the same time, while paying homage to films like Harry Potter series, the producers carefully remove their hats. In the VFX, for example, the film shines. The color palette of the movie was carefully chosen, and the astras depicted as arising from natural and mythical characters are lovely. The action choreography in particular during the chase sequence before interval deserves applauds and whistles.
Watching actors like Nagarjuna and Amitabh Bachchan take important roles in T is a pleasure, but it isn’t really shocking. They’ve done it many times before on screen. Nagarjuna, in his limited screen time, is quite efficient. And Ranbir, who plays Panditji, appears at ease in the skin of his character, executing action sequences with ease. It’s easy to see Ranbir’s efforts to provide emotional depth to the film. He goes to great lengths to lead the audience beyond the film’s superficial levels with his portrayal of Shiva. It would’ve been fantastic if Alia Bhatt and Mouni Roy’s characters were developed as assiduously as Ranbir Kapoor’s for them to have a long-term influence. There isn’t much focus paid to the minor characters, which is unlike anything Ayan Mukerji has done previously as a director and screenwriter.
Even though Brahmastra: Part One: Though Shiva had the potential and room for development, the film falls short with its love story between the lead couple which is supposed to be at center stage. In fact, it doesn’t seem likely from the start, which severely damages the film’s foundation. As a result, the larger narrative unfolding in the movie is also weak, and the script is harmed as well. In addition, the dialogues aren’t particularly impactful. The runtime begins to feel like a drag in the second half. If the narrative was divided more evenly between the two halves of the film, it would have been much better paced. Although the songs are nice to listen to, they sometimes interrupt and affect negativelythe flow of story.
What distinguishes great films from good films is a believable story with characters that emotionally engage you. Even the most imaginative worlds created by cinema’s geniuses eventually rely on the writing to keep everything else glued perfectly in their places. Brahmastra suffers from emotional deficits, which if paid more attention to, would have made the film much better.