Brahmastra Part 1 Shiva review: A reel of reviews
The much-delayed Ayan Mukerji’s film Brahmastra starring Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor is finally out in theatres for the audience to watch. The film was released on Friday and ever since the cinema lovers have bombarded the internet with their reactions.
Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva, the first Astra-verse of India, also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, and Mouni Roy in pivotal roles. There’s also a surprise for all Shah Rukh Khan fans as the superstar has a cameo role in the film.
The fantasy adventure film revolves around Shiva who is on his journey of self-discovery and search for love. During his journey, he comes across his powers and evil forces that are a threat to human existence.
Written and directed by Ayan Mukerji, Brahmstra Part 1: Shiva has been produced by Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar, Hiroo Johar, Ayan Mukerji, Apoorva Mehta, Marijke Desouza, and Namit Malhotra.
The film is finally out on the silver screen and so are the reviews on social media. Let’s have a look at what critics have to say about the Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor starter.
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Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva review by The Hindu
Reviewed by Anuj Kumar, Brahmastra’s writing turned out to be its biggest drawback with all the hype over Indian mythology just being a cosmetic cover.
‘The biggest drawback of the film is its writing. All the hype over Indian mythology is just a cosmetic cover; the makers come across as fanboys of the Marvel universe. And, in a double whammy, the link with heritage perhaps restricts them from employing clever twists and self-referential humour,’ reviewed The Hindu.
Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva review by Hindustan Times
For Monika Rawal Kukreja, the Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor starrer is a like watching a video game and a heady blend of Hindu mythology and sci-fi.
‘Watch Brahmastra because it’s not every day that Bollywood churns out a film on this grand scale, with top-class VFX and creates a mystical universe that we only see in the West or closer home in the south film industry. And given that it’s a planned trilogy, you’d be already left craving for a part two sooner,’ reviewed Hindustan Times.
Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva review by The Indian Express
In her review, Shubhra Gupta wrote that despite of the non-stop VFX and Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor’s razzle-dazzle, the film failed to entertain.
‘Films so stuffed with special effects need to maintain a balance between parts which are meant to blow us away with their wares, and the parts which allow it to slow down and breathe. The VFX is non-stop (at one point, a troll-like army appears, and disappears), the blaring music keeps wanting to bludgeon us into submission, and we are left yearning for magic,’ reviewed The Indian Express.
Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva review by NDTV
Saibal Chatterjee rated 3 out of 5 stars to Ayan Mukerji’s film. In his review, he said the film is a high-octane blend of generic Hollywood conventions and predictable Bollywood tics.
‘Brahmastra takes the devices of the superhero flick as we know them and stirs them up in a way that isn’t entirely potboiler-style derivative, which is quite a feat given that it is primarily intent on rustling up a maximalist universe where everything is designed to dazzle the audience into willing submission,’ reviewed NDTV.
Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva review by The Free Press Journal
Rohit Bhatnagar gave 2.stars our of 5 to the long-awaited film.
‘With the runtime of 166 minutes, Ayan has completely wasted his screenplay by overdoing the romance between real-life couple Ranbir-Alia. The film looks like one pretext book that led to their marriage,’ reviewed The Free Press Journal.
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