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Brahmastra review: This visual grandeur is a terrible misfire

A group of people come together to stop evil forces from obtaining the holy weapon -- Brahmastra -- which could push the world into oblivion.
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Shahrukh Khan, Mouni Roy Director: Ayan Mukerji Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty(2 / 5)

CHENNAI: Bollywood has taken a leaf from Marvel-DC franchises by using a storyline of saving a sacrament from being obtained by evil forces.

Brahmastra, however, comes at a time when this storyline is losing its sheen. The movie takes off with a prologue about how Brahmansh (fragments of the Brahmastra) were safeguarded by families endowed with spiritual powers. The scene then fast-forwards to the modern day where knowledge of the mythological weapon is obscured and the descendants of the holy families are mere mortals unaware of their hidden gifts.

As far as the narration of this technically grand movie is concerned, it isn't as tight as desired but stars like Ranbir, Nagarjuna and Shah Rukh Khan light up the screen and keep the audience invested.

Expectations remained intact as the scenes showing the discovery of the subliminal purpose are up to the mark.

The film took a nosedive in the second half with convoluted scenes and a meandering screenplay. Amitabh Bachchan's screen presence didn't help Brahmastra much. The background score is jarring and the songs add to the woes. Ayan Mukerji's lackadaisical writing does not match up to technical grandiosity. Alia Bhatt typecasted as the love interest, hasn't been utilised well.

Apart from Shah Rukh Khan's cameo and the VFX, Brahmastra, unfortunately, won't be remembered for anything more.

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