Ayan Mukerji made an appearance in a promotional video for his upcoming film Brahmastra. Ayan explained in the video how a trip to Shimla in 2011 planted the seed of the film in his mind. Brahmastra Part One: Shiva is the first instalment in a planned trilogy of films starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.
In the promotional video, Ayan says in Hindi, “The journey of Brahmastra began in 2011 when I was in Shimla, surrounded by the Himalayan ranges.” My first film had been released, and I was working on the script for my second. Our mountain ranges’ energy and spirituality had a significant impact on my life. “I believe that energy gave birth to the vision for Brahmastra.”
The video provides insight into the film’s production, which included the use of green screens and visual effects. Despite the fact that Brahmastra is a fantasy film, Ayan emphasises that it is inspired by Indian culture and spirituality. “From the beginning, Brahmastra’s vision was to present a cinematic spectacle never before seen in our country.” Using modern technology, we should create a new, unseen, and different world with this film. However, the film’s foundation should be inspired by our culture, India’s mythical stories, and our spirituality. The story of Brahmastra is so vast that it could not be told in a single film. So I decided to make this film in three parts, a trilogy,” he explained.
“I considered all of this, but I didn’t know how to make this film, how to bring the vision I had in my head to the big screen.” I had to learn a new style of filmmaking, conduct extensive research, and then realise that the kind of visual effects, scale, and budget we required had never been granted to any other Indian film. I’ve always believed that if we could overcome all of these obstacles and complete Brahmastra properly, it would be a new and ambitious achievement for Indian cinema. “This is a film that the entire world can be proud of,” he said.
The director went on to say that he had dedicated ten years of his life to the creation of this film. “I was 29 when Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani came out, and I’ll be 39 when Brahmastra comes out.” I never imagined that so much time would pass. It took ten years to make Brahmastra’s dream a reality. “I truly believe that it took so much time and effort for us to bring a truly high quality, once-in-a-lifetime movie experience to our audience,” Ayan said.
This is Ayan’s third collaboration with Ranbir, following Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, and Mouni Roy also play important roles in the film. Brahmstra Part One: Shiva, produced by Star Studios, Dharma Productions, Prime Focus, and Starlight Pictures, will be released theatrically on September 9th in five Indian languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.