"Brahmastra Part One: Shiva" (2022)- Movie Review

 Writer/Director: Ayan Mukerji
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Ali Bhatt

‘Fabulous Fantasy’

Amitabh-zing actors orchestrate Sholay robberies denying women Mohabbatein marriages without Deewaar penalties. If Harry-Potter magician scars symbolize blessing in disguise judge Big B career, cupboard-under-stairs poverty set balls Rowling sexism lies. Born low incomes (NDTV 2014), actor scarcely evacuated poverty’s stumbles following despicable gangsters build Deewaar walls brother-turned-police officers. Actor infrequently evade Bunty-Aur-Babli cons. Bachchan seldom escape poverty win Lagaan tax crime. Actor rare rescue villages Sholay. Fortunately, Baghban actor kept finance afloat children support. Witness principal rejecting Mohabbatein relation set stage misogyny. Actor rarely admire girl Badla attire. Big B lack light Black eyes women lack sights. Actor seldom heard Jodhaa-Akbar. Skip class Qayamat-Se-Qayamat-tak loves. Fair, bidding Kabhi-Alvida-Naa-Kehna Silsila fear. Still, Cheeni Kum dish-for-disaster. Can’t Don suits heroes raise eyebrows. As Stark billionaire, hid Infinity-War warfare. Women Pink eye news. Lost Lord-of-the-Rings. Losing fame Game-of-Thrones. Life’s Kabhi-Khushi-Kabhi-Gham shame. Could movie-star retire Star-Wars empire?

Now, Bachchan returns allowing Silsila poets commemorate Mohabbatein marriage lower-class families regardless Kabhi-Khushi-Kabhie-Gham disparities in Ayan Mukerji’s “Brahmastra Part One: Shiva”. Action-packed, feminist and sweeping, it demonstrates Bachchan hasn’t lost charisma cast Avada Kedavra killing curse sexism allowing women cast spells fantasy genre. With blockbuster, Mukerji revives career movie-star past prime without Sholay crimes. Boasting eye-Rowling visuals, K3G music and phenomenal performances, it’s fantastic epic. Although “Brahmastra’s” riveting, it isn’t flawless. It’s expository paced, build Infinity-War cliffhanger conclusions lack resolution. Nevertheless, it offers enjoyable entertainment Bachchan fans.

Inspired Hinduism religion, “Brahmastra” follows Lukewarm orphan embarks missions retrieving Brahmastra weapons preventing world destruction. Ranbir Kapoor embodies Shiva, soul-searching orphan searching parentages questions. However, Shiva’s world turns upside-down experiencing sudden vision Brahmastra weapon pose destruction. Assisted teacher Guru (Amitabh Bachchan), Shiva identifies Brahmastra. As Shiva embraces knowledge, unearths “I-Am-Your-Father” parentage.

Ayan Mukerji’s gravitated coming-of-age stories teens Wake-Up-Sid identities engage Yeh-Jawaani-Hai-Deewani roadtrip expedition. Following “Wake Up Sid’s” awards-acknowledgements, Mukerji’s become extraordinary Bollywood filmmaker. With “Brahmastra”, however, Mukerji manufactures Bachchan fantasy blockbuster. It’s Mukerji’s endeavors reinvigorating career legendary movie-star declines charismas entering fantasy genres Indian Cinema, but Mukerji achieves effectively. Emulating JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” franchise, Mukerji meticulously employs visuals foreshadowing hinting Voldemort-ifying dangers awaiting orphan experiencing futuristic visions. Reminiscing Harry Potter’s traumatic hallucinations forges connections He-Who-Must-Not-be-Named antagonists foreshadowing world-destruction, Shiva’s constantly experiencing Brahmastra. Foreshadowing difficult employing Indian Cinema. Hallucination experiences appropriate disabilities dramas handicapped women born without sight whose teachers illuminate rays light inspiring overcoming plight (ex. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Black”). Where foreshadowing elevated 1970’s blockbusters Gabbar criminals getting away Sholay robberies (Ramesh Sippy’s “Sholay”), modern audiences little patience. However, it succeeds. Assisted DP V. Manikandan, Mukerji manufacture eye-Rowling imaginative world. Mukerji reimagines reputation Bollywood movie-star, constructing theatrical viewing.

If mythological figure fantasy genre Indian Cinema don’t magnetize attention, however, there’s numerous reasons watch “Brahmastra”. If Bachchan agenda, following traditions eras mistreating women objects Silsila affairs (ex. Yash Chopra’s “Silsila”). Case-in-exemplars: Aditya Chopra’s “Mohabbatein” portrayed women victims educations institutions following strict class discrimination mastermind cold-hearted principal forbidding Mohabbatein relationship. Fortunately, however, “Brahmastra” avoids misogynistic portrayal women. Mukerji effectively employs slow-motion building melodious musical sequences breaking barriers class divisions. Exemplars, slow-motion’s deftly used captures romantic relations between lover polar-opposite socioeconomic backgrounds during “Kesariya” song-and-dances. One acknowledges slow-motion showcasing bond between class gap lovers melodramatic style reminiscent Karan Johar’s “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham”. Recalling Rahul and Anjali’s decision cope class disparity elope against parents hope during Suraj-Hua-Madham song, Shiva and Isha maintain hope romance regardless slippery class slopes. Slow-motion’s commonly overused showcase age-gap romantic relation between couples cooking Cheeni-Kum dish attract criticism (ex. R. Balki’s “Cheeni Kum”). As Karan Johar’s “Kabhie Alvida Naa Kehna” proved, slow-motion rarely leaves lasting impression couples deteriorations. Nevertheless, it succeed. For movie-star criticized not caring for elderly parent lives (ex. Ravi Chopra’s “Baghban”), it’s representation. Through Bole-Chudiyan song-and-dance sequences, Mukerji manufactures swooning-worthy romantic relationships.

One appreciates Amitabh-zing performances.

Amitabh Bachchan delivers career-best performance Guru. Bachchan rose stardom doctors worldviews transform Anand interviews (Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s “Anand”). With “Brahmastra”, however, Bachchan personifies magicians. Celebrating Ian McKellen in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Bachchan builds Gandalf mentor transport Gollum-inous ring expeditions without “My-Precious” temptations. With mesmerizing expression, he translates angsts, frustrations and grief teacher instructing students masterminding super-powers. It’s breathtaking performance from Bollywood’s greatest movie-star.

Ranbir Kapoor’s captivating Lukewarm orphan whose search discovering reasons Star-Wars parentages sets stage “I-Am-Your-Father” outrage. Recalling Mark Hamill in George Lucas’ “Star Wars” franchise, Kapoor embodies sympathy orphan searching identity Star-Wars galaxy. Whether controlling superpowers hand movements or shielding girlfriend enemies, Kapoor employs gestures Lukewarm Jedi striving master The Force. It’s magnificent performance honoring orphans.

Concluding standout’s Alia Bhatt. Evoking Rani Mukerji in Shaad Ali’s “Bunty Aur Babli”, Bhatt evokes woman wishes Bunty-Aur-Babli rags-to-riches.

Despite fantastic performances, however, “Brahmastra” can’t compose melodies sung Baghban parents celebrate Silsila poets’ Jodhaa-Akbar marriages women Infinity-War powers without charged Lagaan tax felonies Pink lawyers attorneys masterminding Badla stories. Owing misplaced voice-over narration, sequences Guru explains Hinduism mythology less engaging Shiva’s mission. Exposition’s technique appropriate historical drama occurring Mughal-era focus Jodhaa-Akbar marriages (ex. Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Jodhaa Akbar”). As Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s “Pink” proved, exposition comes use explaining courtroom cases women suffering Pink eye bruise. Despite power Amitabh Bachchan’s voice, it appears appropriate historical epics Lagaan taxation (ex. Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Lagaan”). Moreover, movie suffers cliffhangers. Whereas ending enhanced Russo Brothers’ “Avengers: Infinity War”, it contradicts Indian Cinema. Hence, “Brahmastra” falters.

Conclusively, not everyone hustle Cinema see “Brahmastra” depend believe criminals build Deewaar walls against police constables Hindu temples. Recalling Yash Chopra’s “Deewaar”, Mukerji builds Deewaar walls against religion may upset Indian audiences. Emulating Vijay Verma’s doubts religions gangster, Shiva questions Gods. Consequently, not everyone temples.

Ultimately, “Brahmastra” hero suggesting women shine fantasy genre India cinema excludes Shiva xenophobia. Fantastic but flawed Bachchan blockbuster, it demonstrates Shahenshah possesses Say-Shava-Shava charisma permits lower-class housemaids melodrama. If billionaire Raichand father whose families adhere social discrimination reprimanding housemaids Say-Shava-Shava parties abandoning adopted sons following Suraj-Hua-Madham relationships housekeepers impoverished socioeconomic status commences Ladoo brother to mastermind Kabhi-Khushi-Kabhi-Gham get-together family evaluated Big B’s career, they would recommend actor whose movies infrequently seen Poo adolescents ask boyfriend “tell-me-how-it-was?” to “take-a-chill-pill” ask forgiveness notwithstanding district attorney defend women Pink eyes injuries past history resolve Veer-Zaara courtroom conundrums argue actor started career build Deewaar wall dilapidated village threatened Gabbar gangster masterminding Sholay robberies rarely escape bankruptcy Bunty-Aur-Babli fraudulent felonies excessively overdepending financial loans Baghban children demonstrating daughters brink insanity Piku bathroom trips performances overeating restaurant supervised chef penning Cheeni-Kum recipe impress women half age notwithstanding bankruptcies drop out university desperate need Lakhshya maps where Botany professors masterminding Chupke-Chupke prank principal deny daughter Mohabbatein marriage infrequently employing inspirational teacher shining ray sunlight into pitch Black world blind women without sight treated doctors psychoanalyzing children suffer Paa disabilities penning diary Anand patient live each day fullest degrees notwithstanding Cancer deserve punished Shakti police pursue Don gangster employed Sarkar politicians instrumentalizing “Yeh-Mera-Dil” songs heard radio-station more frequently Abhimaan singers’ symphonies manufacturing jealousy towards spouses remembering Silsila tale real-life Rekha extramarital relationships notwithstanding Kabhi-Alvida-Naa-Kehna divorce birth Muqaddar-Ka-Sikandar orphan rarely circumventing impoverishment Jhoom-Barabar-Jhoom lottery rarely play television radiocast Shah-heroic neurophysicians unanticipated death prognosticated Shiva orphan predicting Amitabh-zing celebrity ‘Kaun-Banega-Crorepati’ commemorated television “her-face-so-beautiful-nobody-would-associate-her-with-business” proclamations demonstrating Astra-nomic boycotts movies.

3.5/5 stars

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