Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva’, with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, has more spectacle than soul

Posted on September 8, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

You can see all the money they spent up there, on the big screen. But the film never rises above the “watchable” or “hmm… not bad” category.

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All fantasy movies are derivative, and Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva is no different. From the Star Wars universe, we get a Luke Skywalker-Darth Vader angle. From the Matrix universe, we get the “love is the greatest superpower” angle. From the X-Men universe, we get a school (or an ashram, here), where a mentor presides over a group of people with superpowers. And so on and so forth. The trick is not to make us forget these references. The trick is to make us say: “Oh wow, look how they took all these bits and pieces from all these other fantasy universes and did their own thing.” In other words, it’s not what you are taking from elsewhere. It’s what you are adding to what you are taking from elsewhere. It’s how you are building your own world, your own universe.

You can read the rest of the review here:

https://www.galatta.com/hindi/movie/review/brahmastra-part-one-a-shiva/

And you can watch the video review here:

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