Brahmastra starring Alia Bhatt in the lead role, Ranbir Kapoor in the lead roles is doing great at the box office. Now director Ayan Mukerji has spoken about the Brahmastra sequels and said there will be light and darkness in them.
Speaking to PTI, Ayan Mukerji said fans will be treated to a “dramatic conflict” in the upcoming part two titled Dev. Part One: Shiva, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, was just the setup for the next two installments of the epic action-adventure franchise. The first chapter follows Ranbir’s Shiva who unlocks his power to wield the ‘Agni’ (fire) Astra after meeting the ‘love of his life’ Isha (Alia).
How they both embarked on a journey in search of answers about its origins while battling against dark forces to destroy the world is the main premise of the story. “’Love is the light’ was my line for the movie. ‘Brahmastra: Part One’ used to be called ‘Love’ for a long time because that was the theme of the movie.
“It’s a love story and Shiva got his power from love. But ‘Part Two: Dev’ will be a darker and juicier story in terms of the dramatic conflict. The follow-ups will definitely be darker,” Mukerji told PTI in here an interview.
Also starring Amitabh Bachchan and Mouni Roy, “Brahmastra” opened worldwide on September 9. Although the film grossed over Rs 360 crore at the worldwide box office, it was criticized for its story and dialogues. The filmmaker said he is “considering all feedback”.
“Some of the themes from part one will still be used. It’s one story and everything we set up in part one will make sense by the time you see part three. I’ll make time to read it (reviews) properly in the next few days.
“But I’ve already worked out my own story and narrative for part two. I’m going to take feedback from part one and recreate part two. We have some tricks up our sleeve, but we’ll open it up when the time is right,” he added .
The script of “Brahmastra”, Mukerji’s passion project that was more than a decade in the making, has evolved over time. The team used the two years of the COVID-19 lockdown to further develop the “Astraverse,” the film’s universe, he said.
“When you see the first movie, it ends with Dev coming back. It’s just one story. The baseline is something we worked out.”
The climax of part one does not mean the end of Shiva and Isha’s love story, the 39-year-old filmmaker emphasized. “Shiva has reached the zenith of his power at the end of part one. He is able to control and create fire from within himself. The Brahmastra (weapon) is now whole again and it is with Guru (Bachchan) and Shiva. Dev’s character is back. Now let’s move on to all these characters,” he added.
Shortly after the film’s release, social media was flooded with fans speculating about the role of Shiva’s parents, Dev and Amrita, in the franchise. Netizens are pretty much convinced that Deepika Padukone is playing Amrita, but there are doubts about who Dev. Some say it is Ranveer Singh, others believe it is Hrithik Roshan.
A clenched Mukerji only listens to these theories. “I can’t give too many details about part two,” he said, adding that he has actors in mind for the second part.
The first film featured Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and Telugu star Nagarjuna in an extended cameo and Mukerji said he was kicked out about casting actors from other film industries. The “Brahmastra” trilogy also gives the audience a snapshot of different cultures of India. “That’s my great ambition. I hope I can do that. Now that we’ve established the world of Astraverse in part one, by the time we get to parts two and three, we can’t just visually visit many paths that make India location-wise , but also hope that we can work with people from different industries and regions,” said the director.
“Like, Naga sir represents the strength of Telugu film industry, I hope we can bring actors from Tamil or Bengali film industry like people who work in India but they represent different things,” he added.
Brahmastra is produced by Dharma Productions and Star Studios. RRR director SS Rajamouli serves as the presenter of the film for the South Indian language versions.