Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva (2022) Review
Much anticipated, Ayan Mukherjee’s Brahmastra finally hits the screen today. Merging mythology in modern day story needs lot of research during scripting, that’s where the makers seems to have failed miserably. The major essence is missing. Like how Ron Howard did with Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code , Ayaan couldn’t match even 10% of that movie. He seemed to have relied more upon technicalities of the movie like Camera angle, background, sets and mainly VFx instead of tight bound engrossing and thrilling script like Bahubaali.
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Other Major Reviews
Rachana Dubey of The Times Of India rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and wrote “Brahmāstra borrows from Indian mythology and folk tales, which is fantastic. The effort and passion invested in creating the universe in this film, replete with minute detailing, are worthy of appreciation”.
Tushar Joshi of India Today rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and called the film “a solid effort as the first chapter in this trilogy”, remarking that the Astraverse “can take on the MCU”.
Sonil Dedhia of News 18 rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, calling it “a solid and satisfying watch, a well-crafted film”, and appreciated Mukerji’s vision, saying that it “needs to applauded”.
Fengyen Chiu of Mashable India rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and wrote “Brahmāstra is a complete visual feast rooted deep with Indian mythology. Ayan Mukerji has created a landmark moment in Indian cinema with the state-of-the art VFX”.
Sonal Verma of Zee News rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and wrote “The screenplay is filled with love, light, magic, ancient mysticism and mythology. The film has many surprises that will definitely make you go wow”.
Devesh Sharma of Filmfare rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and encouraged readers to watch Brahmāstra for “its visual appeal” and for “the burning chemistry” between Bhatt and Kapoor.
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and called it “ambitious and entertaining”, further stating it “has the makings of a blockbuster of the sort that Bollywood has been desperately seeking for a while”.
Sukanya Verma of Rediff rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and stated it as “a work of star-struck ambition and high-octane energy whose razzle-dazzle hits many happy notes”.
Nandini Ramnath of Scroll.in rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote, “Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva gets the pyrotechnics right but fumbles in creating an emotionally involving alternate reality”.
Sowmya Rajendran of The News Minute rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote “Brahmāstra constantly tries to make your jaw drop to the floor with the visual effects, but since we never empathise with the characters on screen, it remains a distant spectacle”.
Rohit Vats of DNA India rated the film 3 out of 5 stars, stating that “Brahmāstra tries hard to present itself as the revelation of deeper truths of humankind but doesn’t exactly get there where it wanted to be”, and said the film is “grand and has all the tropes of mega Bollywood projects, and is enthralling”.
Monika Rawal Kukreja of Hindustan Times stated, “Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are electric in this Ayan Mukerji spectacle. The film is a treat for long-waiting fans of Hindi cinema.”
Bollywood Hungama rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and wrote “Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva boasts of powerful visuals, performances, a terrific first half, and superior VFX. However, the second half is weak, mainly due to flawed writing”.
Rohit Bhatnagar of The Free Press Journal rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and stated “a so-called critique-proof film ‘Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva’ might have a larger-than-life scale, grandeur, and visual spectacle but nothing more to this run-of-the-mill good v/s evil story.”
Writing for Deccan Herald, Vivek M. V. gave a rating of 2.5 out of 5 and wrote that the film has “tame and silly dialogues. This further dents the weakly written love story, which is the film’s biggest problem”.
Anna M.M. Vetticad of Firstpost rated the film 2 out of 5 stars, finding its story “weak” and the romance between the leads “unconvincing”.
Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express rated the film 1.5 out of 5 stars, panning it: “Despite all those non-stop computer graphics, the opulence of the sets, the starry array, the film’s commitment to its subject, we never really buy into it completely”.
Ishita Bhargav of Financial Express found the film to be cliché and criticized the dialogue, stating that the “grand vision ends up becoming a film for kids.”
Pooja Biraia Jaiswal of The Week rated the film 1 out of 5 stars and said Mukerji “has wasted the skills and popularity of Shah Rukh Khan, Nagarjuna, and of course, Amitabh Bachchan”.
A critic of The Wire panned the film by stating “the story lacks vitality, momentum, and intrigue. The film is devoid of genuine joy. Characters and settings come at you all the time, as if you’ve entered a lunch buffet on a full stomach.”
Scott Mendelson from Forbes rated the film 4 out of 10 and commented that the film repeats every mistake Hollywood made over the last decade trying to replicate the success of Marvel’s ‘The Avengers.’
Courtney Howard of Variety called the film “a wildly entertaining jump start to a planned trilogy” and was appreciative of Mukerji’s direction: “He smashes up genre conventions as Western cinematic influences readily comingle with pure Bollywood razzle-dazzle.”
Mike McCahill of The Guardian rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote “Mukerji brings a peppy, wide-eyed spirit to the superhero-movie model, adorning tried-and-tested arcs and beats with workable Pritam songs, ravishing colours and gorgeous people”.
IndieWire rated the film C+ in a mixed review criticizing the cast and performances, calling them “bloated” and concluded by stating it as an admirable attempt and unmissable theatrical experience for any Bollywood fan.