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Hindi Film:Brahmastra Review

An attempt at creating a desi multiverse which Marvel did so successfully in Hollywood; Brahmastra is high on vision but falls a tad short on execution. Nevertheless, this is one of the better movies coming from Bollywood after a long time. Enough of the Chaddhas and Shamsheras, Bollywood buffs (like yours truly) finally have something to cheer about. Phew!!
Director Ayan Mukerji transports us to an alternate world where a few heroes (or superheroes if you wish to call them) are in possession of astras (weapons) derived from ancient Hindu mythology. A Scarlet Witch-inspired evil lady called Junoon (Mouni Roy) wishes to acquire all these astras and wreak havoc on planet earth. You can say, she is our very own desi Thanos!!
Enter Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor), an aimless dj who falls for the Richie-rich Isha (Alia Bhatt) and their ‘prem kahaani’ sparks an astra inside him. Later, we come to know Shiva is actually Agni-astra. Admittedly, the first half is breezy with songs and dance blended well with the built-up to the astra clash. It is post-interval that the screenplay dips and dithers…the climax especially leaves some questions unanswered as if Ayan has left those for the sequel..
Of the cast, Amitabh Bachchan leaves a mighty impression even in a small role. He appears just before the intermission point. Nagarjuna deserved a bigger part as his Nandi- astra could’ve been utilised a lot better. A certain Bollywood superstar makes a dashing cameo right at the beginning and his scenes invoked the maximum ‘ceetis’ from the audience. Mouni Roy is no doubt good as Junoon but frankly this character needed a Tabu!!
Coming to the leads, Ranbir and Alia make a lovely onscreen couple. Alia looks super gorgeous and its great to see Ranbir back in form after the underwhelming Shamshera (2022). The ‘Kesariya’ number is imaginatively choreographed and fits beautifully in the narrative. The ‘Devaa’ song is another highlight of the movie.
Technically, Brahmastra scores high in special effects and VFX. The multi-crore budget is all visible and I would recommend a 3D watch rather than the regular 2D. It’s a spectacular experience, trust me.
All in all, director Ayan Mukerji has a grand vision but could’ve worked harder on the climax tying up the loose ends properly instead of merely announcing a sequel to continue his story forward. Hopefully, he will do better next time.
‘Astra’ la vista baby!!
Ratings on some key aspects* :
1. Acting: 3.5/5
2. Direction: 2.5/5
3. Music: 4/5
4. Story, Screenplay and Dialogue : 2.5/5
5. Cinematography: 4/5
6. Editing: 3/5
7. Costume Design: 3.5/5
8. Special Effects and VFX: 4/5
9. Action : 3/5
10. Production Quality: 4/5
– Sumeet Nadkarni

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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