Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva

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Brahmāstra: Part One - Shiva
Directed byAyan Mukerji
Written by
Story byAyan Mukerji
Produced by
Narrated byAmitabh Bachan
CinematographyPankaj Kumar
Edited by
Music byPritam
Distributed byFox Star Studios and Walt Disney Pictures
Release date
  • 9 September 2022 (2022-09-09)
Budget₹410 crore[1][2]

Brahmāstra: Part One - Shiva (transl. The weapon of Brahma: Part One - Shiva) (also known as simply just Brahmāstra) is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language superhero film written and directed by Ayan Mukerji, and produced by Karan Johar. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna Akkineni. The film is intended to serve as the first film in a planned trilogy[3] as part of its own cinematic universe called Astraverse.[4]

Brahmastra was announced in July 2014 but was delayed by several years. Principal photography lasted for five years from February 2018 to March 2022 with filming locations including Bulgaria, London, New York, Edinburgh, and Varanasi.[5] Production and release of the film was delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film released on 9 September 2022 in standard formats, 3D, and IMAX 3D.[6]

The movie is the first film produced under the Star Studios name following the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney. This change happened on 27 May 2022, when Fox Star Studios was renamed Star Studios, as part of the removal of the Fox name from subsidiary studios/companies of 21st Century Fox by Disney.[7]

Plot[change | change source]

Shiva, a DJ learns about his strange connection with the element of fire and also holds the power to awaken the Brahmastra, a supernatural weapon that is said to be able to destroy the universe, capable of destroying creation and vanquishing all beings. On the other hand, Junoon, the queen of dark forces is also on a quest to get hold of the Brahmastra.

Cast[change | change source]

  • Amitabh Bachchan as Raghu, the current leader of the Brahmansh, Guru of recruited members and wields the Prabhastra[8]
  • Ranbir Kapoor as Shiva, a orphan and newly recruited member of the Brahmansh, who possesses the power of the Agnyastra, (the astra of fire) within himself[9]
    • Nivaan Gupta as baby Shiva
  • Nagarjuna Akkineni as Anish Shetty, an artist and an archaeologist who is a member of the Brahmānsh and wielded the Nandi Astra
  • Shah Rukh Khan as Mohan Bhargav, a scientist and a member of the Brahmansh who wielded Vanarastra. The name of the character is a nod to Khan's character from Swades (2004).
  • Dimple Kapadia as Savitri Devi, a member of Brahmansh
  • Mouni Roy as Junoon, who aims to revive the Brahmastra and release Dev
  • Saurav Gurjar as Zor, a henchman of Junoon
  • Gurfateh Pirzada as Sher, a new recruit of who wields Nag Dhanush
  • Lehar Khan as Raveena, a new recruit of Brahmnsh who wields the Gajastra
  • Aditi Joshi as Rani, a new recruit of Brahmānsh who possesses Ayu Madrika
  • Markand Soni as Santha, a new recruit of Brahmansh
  • Stanzin Delek as Tensing, a new recruit of Brahmansh who wielded the Pawanstra
  • Rouhallah Gazi as Raftaar, a henchman of Junoon
  • Chaitanya Sharma as Tiger, Shiva's friend
  • Saqib Ayub as Ali, Shiva's friend
  • Rashi Mal as Shaina, Isha's cousin
  • Rohan Rustomji as Sunny, Isha's cousin
  • Farida Dadi as Aunty, Shiva's landlady
  • Riyaaz Makaney as Dadaji, Isha's grandfather
  • Deepika Padukone as Amrita, Shiva's mother and a former member of the Brahmnsh who wielded Jalastra (uncredited appearance)

Sequels[change | change source]

Media outlets noted the title of the film's sequel that is unveiled after its ending, Brahmāstra: Part Two - Dev,[11] serving as the second installment of the trilogy.[12] That film is scheduled to release in[13] 2025.[14] Pre-production work on the second part had started during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second and third sequels will be both shot simultaneously.

Streaming TV series[change | change source]

Mukerji revealed Disney had sent him to Los Angeles as an attendee for an international studio summit in May 2022, where he presented Brahmastra, and discussed plans regarding the film's potential cinematic universe with American producer Kevin Feige. Mukerji further revealed his vision to develop a streaming television series in the Astraverse, as well as theatrical projects, in a similar vein to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[15] He also called the Astraverse a "large-scale mainstream experiment", saying that he wishes to expand it to gaming, merchandise, virtual reality, and the Metaverse, in the future.

Spin-off[change | change source]

Mukerji revealed a spin-off film based around Shah Rukh Khan's character Mohan Bhargav was in consideration, which would serve as an origin story about how he wielded the Vanarastra.[16]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Brahmastra made on a budget 'way over' Rs. 300 crores; to be the biggest film ever made in India : Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. 27 November 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  2. "Uday Shankar calls Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt's Brahmastra 'biggest-ever movie' made in India, its budget 'way more than' Rs 300 cr". Hindustan Times. 27 November 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  3. "Karan Johar announces his upcoming film trilogy with Amitabh Bachchan, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Kapoor". Times of India. Retrieved 30 March 2018.