Brahmastra has the best-ever single-day box office performance for a Hindi film, crossing 160 crores in two days. Brahmastra has increased its box office take from a strong first day by an impressive 13%, a positive figure for a movie of this scale.
By surpassing the pre-pandemic blockbusters “Sanju” (the previous major Ranbir Kapoor star vehicle), “Tiger Zinda Hai,” and “Dhoom 3,” “Brahmastra” appears to have finally broken Bollywood’s box office curse.
The lead role played by Ranbir Kapoor named Shiva, a young DJ from Mumbai, realizes that he was blessed at birth with a special ability that gives him immunity and a lightning performance. He eventually discovers the mythological connections between himself and a series of events and the mysteries surrounding his existence.
Amitabh Bachchan’s tenor and comic book-inspired visuals help the movie set up its premise and the beginning of its universe in an intriguing way. Part One of the Brahmastra Shiva heavily relies on two elements: its visual effects and the romance between Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s leads, Shiva and Isha. The movie excels at its visual effects. In most instances, it is well-designed, excellent, and efficient. For instance, the climax of the pre-interval scenes is a visual treat.
It’s great that the movie incorporates mythology and legends from India. It is admirable how much time and passion went into building the amazingly detailed universe in this movie. And as they do so, the creators adorably tip their hat to works like the Harry Potter series.
Watching artists like Nagarjuna and Amitabh Bachchan playing crucial parts is a delight, but not much of a surprise. They have performed it countless times before. In his brief appearances on screen, Nagarjuna is quite effective. And Mr. Bachchan seems at ease playing his part, carrying out action scenes with ease.
For Alia Bhatt and Mouni Roy’s characters to have that same enduring impact, it would have been great if they had also been developed with the same fervor as Ranbir’s. Also unlike anything else director-writer Ayan Mukerji has done before, there isn’t a lot of focus on the supporting cast.
An emotionally compelling story with believable characters is what separates great from the good. The writing is ultimately what holds the most fantastical worlds created by cinema’s greatest minds together, keeping everything else perfectly glued in place. Nothing can make up for Brahmastra’s emotional deficiencies, despite all of its advantages. The proceedings would have been much more commendable if that had been given more consideration.